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Emerald Ash Borer

Q. I have ash trees on my property that are doing poorly and haven't been healthy for the last few years. Do I have Emerald Ash Borer?

A. Ash trees can be afflicted by many different disease and insect problems, such as anthracnose, verticillium wilt, ash flower gall, rust, ash yellows, and borers. Early infestations of Emerald Ash Borer are very difficult to detect.

Fertilizing trees and shrubs

Q: How often should I fertilize the roots of my trees and shrubs?

A: As a general rule, it is not necessary to use synthetic fertilizers for trees and shrubs unless the plants exhibit a nutrient deficiency. Good soil nutrition and a two-inch layer of compost, such as leaf mulch, placed around your trees and shrubs on a yearly basis should be sufficient for good plant health.

Trees and Shrubs Recovering from Drought

Q: My trees and shrubs struggled this year because of the drought.  Will my plants recover?
A:  Many plants are showing signs of distress this year due to the drought and extreme temperatures.  Scorch, browning of leaves, leaf drop, and premature fall color are commonly seen due to this year’s weather conditions. Many plants seem to be perking up with the recent rains; however, significant damage may have already occurred. Young, not yet established plants, i.e., less than 3 years old, are at greatest risk of suffering long term damage.