A place where we can share up to date happenings about trees in Charlotte and beyond.
March 28, 2017 Tree Care
The recent cold overnight temperatures have damaged some plants and shrubs that pushed out new growth or leaves early in the season.
March 20, 2017 Bugs and Crud
Convergent Lady Bird Beetles (released on a Camellia loaded with Tea Scale) are voracious predators.........
February 20, 2017 Community
In most cities and urban areas trees aren’t the only things that occupy the sky above.
November 29, 2016 Tree Care
Properly installed mulch can be a real benefit for trees.
November 28, 2016 Bugs and Crud
Cankerworms can be delt with in a couple of ways. Learn what's best for your tree(s).
September 26, 2016 Bugs and Crud
~ Autumn, the year’s loveliest smile~ William Cullen Bryant
As you sit outside, taking in these wonderful and cool evenings, a question may arise. Why do leaves change color? Truthfully, they are revealing their colors. While October is mostly filled with people looking for their disguise for Halloween, leaves are getting ready to take their masks off.
August 17, 2016 Bugs and Crud
Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale was confirmed in NC this month.....
June 29, 2016 Bugs and Crud
Orange Striped Oak Worm is a seasonal pest in the Charlotte area that primarily feeds on Oak trees. They generally hatch/emerge in mid-late July and feed into August.
June 10, 2016 Community
Not everyone was born a tree lover. I know! It's hard to believe. Some people actually need to be convinced that trees are a good thing. Take a look around this weekend when you are out and about at some of the parking lots you encounter.
September 22, 2014 Community
Heartwood's Proprietor and founder, Patrick George, recently discussed trees and tree companies with NorthCarolinaHomes.com
July 16, 2014 Tree Care
Trees and Vines
Many types of climbing vines are found throughout the Charlotte area in managed landscapes and the natural environment. Some are easy to control and play nice with neighboring plants, while others can be problematic. Regardless of the vine species, there is a limit to how well established it should be allowed to become in and around trees.
July 9, 2014 Tree Care
The dog days of summer are upon us. Make sure your trees have enough water to get them through...
July 1, 2014 Tree Care
Poperly watering your newly planted tree is probably the most important thing you can do for it during its first growing season in the ground. Check out the link below to learn more:
June 17, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Learn about whether or not you should install lightning protection in your tree:
April 29, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Female cottony camellia scales are just beginning to lay eggs on the underside of leaves. They are commonly found on camellia and hollies (Fosters, Nelly Stevens, Burford, etc). In a few weeks these creeps will hatch and begin feeding on sugars produced by the leaves.
April 21, 2014 Bugs and Crud
If you haven’t noticed cankerworms are everywhere right now. Our Plant Health Care Trucks are rolling all over the metro area treating for these dastardly leaf munching lepidopteran larval inching conveyers of arboreal destruction.
Click on the included link to learn all about these foliage chewing silk parachuting menaces of our most exquisite leafy tree resource: http://www.heartwoodtree.com/assets/img/uploads/media/Cankerworm%20Life%20Stages%20and%20Action%20Items.pdf
April 1, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Rust diseases are pathogens with an interesting inoculation strategy. These fungal diseases require 2 hosts to complete their lifecycle. The first host are eastern red cedars (actually in the juniper family). In the spring you may notice orange oozing on the branches and foliage of these trees. The spores are then spread to the leaves of the 2nd host, which include apple, hawthorn, pear and quince species.
March 25, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Cercospora leaf spot is treatable, but foliar sprays to prevent the fungus must be done before symptoms of the disease are present. A series of foliar spray treatments in early spring, beginning at leaf expansion, is the optimal time to treat for all foliar diseases.
March 15, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Eriophyid mites are microscopic creeps that like to feed on the foliage of your trees and shrubs. These little mites (different than spidermite) can distort the foilage of species like Leyland cypress and junipers. Their feeding can mimic leaf spot diseases on trees such as flowering pear.
These little creeps are early in the early spring months, before it gets too hot. Now is the time to treat with foilar applied miteicides.
March 5, 2014 Bugs and Crud
Fire blight is a bacterial disease that most often effects apple, pear, and hawthorn species. The disease usually begins at the flowers, and moves its way into the branches. Symptoms of this disease are typifed by; brown shrivled leafs and flower, sunken bleeding areas on stems, and a shepards crook appearance on affected twigs and branches.
January 18, 2014 Bugs and Crud
By feeding on the tree’s vascular system, this insect disrupts water and nutrient flow within the plant. This may lead to tree stress, and can contribute to the death of young trees. Look out for this creep in early spring.
January 7, 2014 Tree Care
It's cold. Between the temperatures of 22°F and 4°F plant cells will dehydrate to minimize ice crystal formation. For trees and shrubs not accustomed to such cold, areas of the plant may desiccate to the point of death.
December 24, 2013 Bugs and Crud
The female cankerworm moth has been spotted in multiple traps throughout the Charlotte Metro Area. The adults hatch over the course of weeks, so if you haven’t banded your trees yet do it today. Each female can lay up to 100 eggs, and each of those eggs can produce a ravenous foliar feeding cankerworm.
December 12, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Hemlock woolly adelgid was first imported from Asia in the 1920’s, and feeds on starch reserves at the base of needles located on twigs. Woolly adelgid is so damaging, that if left untreated, can kill a mature tree within 3-5 years.
December 1, 2013 Bugs and Crud
With winter fast approaching, many of our resident creeps will be taking it easy until spring. One that we may still see creeping around from time to time is the tree cricket.
November 5, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Indian wax can create a lot of honeydew if left untreated, leading to sooty mold. Interestingly, there are no male wax scales, they are all females.
October 23, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Azalea bark scale is an insect pest found on azaleas and rhododendrons. While we usually treat scale insects during their early life stages (crawler stage), fall is a good time to treat with horticultural oil. Horticultural oil has little effect on beneficial insects and has a very low residual in the landscape.
October 9, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Have a mentioned fall is great for caterpillars? Peridea is a genus describing several species of caterpillar.
September 25, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Tussock moths all are covered in hair-like projections and feed on multiple species of plants.
September 18, 2013 Bugs and Crud
While the nymph causes very little damage to plants from feeding, the adult can do significant damage to the asthetic appeal of the plant (notice the damage to leaves in the picture).
September 11, 2013 Bugs and Crud
The red banded leaf hopper is a sap sucking creep with a cool paint job.
September 3, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Here we have an early instar stage of the Pandora sphinx moth. Though the caterpillar in this picture is barely an inch long, it may grow as long as the width of your hand.
August 28, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Similar to its black and orange cousin (the orange striped oak worm), the pink striped oak worm is a leaf munching creep of trees in the oak family.
August 21, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Yellow neck caterpillar is a leaf devouring creep that may affect several species of trees.
August 14, 2013 Bugs and Crud
The biggest nusicance is these creeps can create a large amount of frass that may litter driveways and patios.
July 31, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Whiteflys can be found throughout the growing season, and mate continually.
July 23, 2013 Bugs and Crud
The bagworm caterpillars emerge in mid-summer to feed on foliage of several weeks. They then pupate, and adults become active in the fall. Female moths stay in the bags until males find them and mate. After the female lays eggs in the bag, she leaves and dies.
July 16, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Rose rosette disease is a serious viral disease of roses.
July 15, 2013 Tree Care
Know when tree removal is necessary.
July 6, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Beech trees aren't too common in the Charlotte Metro area, so we don't hear about too many pest problems with them. Last week one of our crews brought in this sample from a beech they were working on. These furry little creeps, the wooly beech aphid, are a pest on beech where they are more common. Like all aphid species these creeps suck nutrients directly from tree leaves, which can lead to stunning and early leaf drop. They are great dancers though, so enjoy.
July 2, 2013 Bugs and Crud
June 19, 2013 Tree Care
Emerald ash borer is now confirmed in Granville County, NC.
June 5, 2013 Tree Care
The American chestnut was once a fixture of the Eastern forest.
June 4, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Gloomy scale is an armored scale creep feeding on your maples right now.
May 22, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Lecanium scale is a soft scale creep that feeds directly from the tree.
May 14, 2013 Bugs and Crud
The ocellate gall midge causes an ocellate (single-spotted), pale green to yellow, often bright red-margined gall
May 7, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Calico scale is a soft scale creep thought to have been introduced through San Francisco in the 1900s.
April 30, 2013 Bugs and Crud
Japanese maple scale is another armored scale creep found on many trees and shrubs.
April 29, 2013 Tree Care
As if the cankerworms aren't bad enough, tea scale is now active on our camellias and hollies. These small armored scale creeps feed on the underside of leaves causing a yellowing on the upper portion. Under heavy infestations these scale creeps can stress out the plant causing branch death, and contribute to overall plant decline.
To learn more, check out this site:http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/scales/tea_scale.htm