Category Archives: Leaves

Bagworms are Back!

Bagworms are back!

These invasive insects look like cone-shaped sacs that can sometimes be mistaken for pine cones. The sacs look like cocoons that hang from the tree branches. These cocoons or sacs contain bagworm eggs and once they hatch, they will begin to dine on the leaves and needles of your trees and shrubs. A heavy infestation on evergreens can cause extensive die-back and even death to the plant. Bagworms are  fond of a variety of trees such as blue spruce, cedars, white pines and junipers. On deciduous trees, bagworms will strip the leaves, leaving only bare branches.

Left untreated, bagworms can defoliate branches, causing branch die-back and eventually kill the shrub or tree. The best defense against bagworms is an insecticide spray application. If the outbreak is severe, a second application may be required.

 

 

Dormant Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune trees?

Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.

The benefits of pruning in winter

There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:

Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.

Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … Read More »

Fall Landscape Services

The days are flying by and soon we will be gearing up for fall with the holiday season not too far behind. With so much to do and so little time, when do you find time for yard work? The solution is Arbor Masters!

What services does Arbor Masters offer?

The list of outdoor chores may seem endless. Arbor Masters is ready to help you get your landscape ready for fall and winter with these fall services:

Fall leaf clean up: Anyone who has large trees knows that raking leaves is a never-ending task. Leaving leaves on the ground throughout the fall and winter can prohibit valuable sunlight and moisture needed for your lawn to thrive. In addition, decomposing leaves can promote insect and disease if left over the winter.

Gutters: If you have leaves on the ground your gutters are probably full of … Read More »

Fall is the Best Time to Renovate Your Lawn

When is the best time to start your lawn renovation?

It may sound a bit premature to think about your spring lawn, but September is one of the best times to get your lawn ready for next year.  The warm days and cool nights in September make spring lawn preparation ideal.

Summer heat, insects and weeds can take a toll on your lawn. If your lawn has dead patches, insect issues or weeds, then now is the time to sign up for your fall lawn care.

The lawn care specialists at Arbor Masters of Kansas City and Wichita can design a program tailored to your lawns needs.

What treatments are best for your lawn?

Depending on the type of lawn you grass you have, we recommend de-thatching or power-raking your lawn to break up the thatch of grass clippings left from mowing. Turf such as … Read More »

Japanese Beetle Feeding Frenzy

What is Eating My Trees?

Japanese Beetles are devastating shrubs and trees in the metro area. Homeowners are noticing that without warning, the foliage of a once healthy tree or shrub is consumed in a matter of days.

Life Cycle

Japanese beetles begin life in the larvae stage. More commonly known to frustrated homeowners as grub worms, these insects are famous for their destruction they cause when feeding on the roots of grass. In late June, grubs will emerge in the form of a beetle. Once they have emerged, they will immediately seek out a food source (namely tree and shrub leaves) and will continue to feed on tree and shrub foliage through September.

Physical Appearance

Japanese beetles are an oval shaped insect with an iridescent head and copper colored body. Once the Japanese beetle starts to feed on plant foliage, the now damaged leaves … Read More »