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Plant Health Care - Black Knot Disease

What’s this mess on my flowering plum tree?

Dibotryon morbosum or Apiosporina morbosa is a destructive plant pathogen aka: Black Knot Disease. The source of the fungus is usually a wild, unpruned, infected tree releasing spores into the air. These spores then infect ornamental trees found in local landscapes.

Unfortunately, it’s a slow killer to mainly flowering plum trees, but also affects some cherry and other fruit trees. The disease creates rough, black growths that grow on the tree's twigs and branches. These ugly growths, called gals, will eventually kill the affected parts and then the tree over time.

The most common treatments are pruning infected parts and spraying the tree with a fungicide. This is easier said than done, since ongoing pruning and fungicide treatments must be done. These treatments will only help the problem, not solve it. Nearby wild plants with the disease must also be destroyed. It will be more cost effective to let the tree slowly decline and then replace it with a different species.

This is one of the few problems that we cannot cure. However, there are 100’s of other insect & disease problems out there, and we can help!

1.888.LawnTec Plant Health Care Specialists

Preserve the value of your trees, shrubs, and plants! Landscape trees and shrubs can take decades to establish, but can be irreparably damaged in a matter of an instant. In addition to robbing your yard of the beauty in which you take pride, ...

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10 Benefits of Tree & Shrub Root Feeding

Your trees and shrubs took a beating over the winter. Now is the time to give them a boost with Annual Root Feeding injections!

Your landscape is an investment that should increase in beauty and value every year as plants mature. However, plants are living things and are subject to constant stress from the harsh environment here in the New Jersey area. For success, your plants need special care before they show signs of distress and decline. This is where Annual Root Feeding comes in.

Benefits of Annual Root Feeding

Annual Root Feeding of landscape ornamentals provides many benefits such as:

  1. Root feeding is a feeding that gets deep down into the plant’s lifeline; its root system. This encourages strong deep root growth that will help plants withstand stress and decline.
  2. This injection into the root zone is by far the best way to feed landscape plants and it is fast acting since the plant can quickly absorb the nutrients.
  3. Root feeding also helps the plant’s health all year long since the nutrients needed for plant health are now available in the soil.
  4. Poor soil conditions will be revitalized and improved.
  5. During the spring landscape, plants use a lot of energy to flower, push out new growth, and seed, leaving them stressed going into the hot summer. So, a spring feeding is very beneficial to overall plant health.
  6. Plants will grow healthier and flower longer with an annual feeding.
  7. Healthy plants will be more resistant to dry weather and...
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How to Protect Your Plants From Winter Damage

Using anti-desiccant spray to protect your evergreen trees and shrubs over the winter.

Start protecting your landscape plants from winter damage with an anti-desiccant spray! Winter damage to evergreen trees and shrubs is caused by desiccation, or drying out. Once the ground freezes plant roots are unable to take up water from the soil. Plants are then forced to use the water stored in their needles, leaves, and stems. Harsh cold dry winter winds and freezing temps will also dry out the water that plants need to survive. This loss of essential plant moisture leads to winter plant damage or even death.

An anti-desiccant spray professionally applied to evergreen trees and shrubs will help hold in this vital moisture throughout the winter. If you have problems with winter plant damage in your landscape the experts at 1.888.Lawntec suggests spraying an anti-desiccant.

Anti-desiccants sprays can also be called anti-transpirant spray, winter wilt proofing spray, or winter protection spray. The application will provide a protective coating that conserves the amount of water that escapes from the plant. These are usually one time applications applied in the early winter, December is ideal. In areas with longer and colder winters, like New Jersey, anti-desiccants are most effective when applied twice, once in November/December and again in February. However, this can get tricky since temps must be above freezing to make an effective application.

Anti-desiccant sprays go...

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