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Fall Winter Dormant

Fall Winter Dormant

November 9, 2017 Bugs and Crud

The colder winter weather is rapidly approaching.  Fall is the time when plants and insects are starting to shut down and take cover till spring.

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Cold Damaged Plants

Cold Damaged Plants

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.  

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Lady Bird Beetles

Lady Bird Beetles

March 20, 2017 Bugs and Crud

Convergent Lady Bird Beetles (released on a Camellia loaded with Tea Scale) are voracious predators.........

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Trees and Overhead Lines

Trees and Overhead Lines

February 20, 2017 Community

In most cities and urban areas trees aren’t the only things that occupy the sky above.  

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Safety

Safety

January 30, 2017 Tree Care

                                 Safety Training and Why Do We Do It ??

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Mulch

Mulch

November 29, 2016 Tree Care

Properly installed mulch can be a real benefit for trees.

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Cankerworm Treatment Options

Cankerworm Treatment Options

November 28, 2016 Bugs and Crud

Cankerworms can be delt with in a couple of ways.  Learn what's best for your tree(s).

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The Beauty of Autumn

The Beauty of Autumn

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.

 

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Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale Discovered In NC

Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale Discovered In NC

August 17, 2016 Bugs and Crud

Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale was confirmed in NC this month.....

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Orange Stripe Oakworm

Orange Stripe Oakworm

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. 

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Trees Provide Benefits

Trees Provide Benefits

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.  

 

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Juniper Webworm

Juniper Webworm

May 16, 2016 Bugs and Crud

Juniper Webworm lifecycle and control

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Quotes On Trees and Trimming

September 22, 2014 Community

Heartwood's Proprietor and founder, Patrick George, recently discussed trees and tree companies with NorthCarolinaHomes.com

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Trees and Vines

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.  

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How to properly water your 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...

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-properly-water-your-trees.htm

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How often should you water your new tree?

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:

 

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-often-should-i-water-my-new-tree.htm

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Trees and Lightning

June 17, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Learn about whether or not you should install lightning protection in your tree:

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-can-i-protect-my-tree-lighting-strike.htm

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Cottony Camellia Scale

Cottony Camellia Scale

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. 

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Cankerworms are wreaking havoc

Cankerworms are wreaking havoc

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

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Rust Diseases

Rust Diseases

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. 

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Cercospora Leaf Spot

Cercospora Leaf Spot

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.

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Eriophyid Mites

Eriophyid Mites

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. 

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Fire Blight

Fire Blight

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.  

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Flat Headed Apple Tree Borer

Flat Headed Apple Tree Borer

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.

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It's Cold

It's Cold

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.

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The Cankerworm Moth Females are Crawlin'

The Cankerworm Moth Females are Crawlin'

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.  

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

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. 

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Tree Cricket

Tree Cricket

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. 

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Indian Wax Scale

Indian Wax Scale

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.

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Azalea Bark Scale

Azalea Bark Scale

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.

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Peridea Species

Peridea Species

October 9, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Have a mentioned fall is great for caterpillars?  Peridea is a genus describing several species of caterpillar.

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Tussock Moths

Tussock Moths

September 25, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Tussock moths all are covered in hair-like projections and feed on multiple species of plants.

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Two-Lined Spittle Bug

Two-Lined Spittle Bug

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).

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Red Banded Leaf Hopper

Red Banded Leaf Hopper

September 11, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The red banded leaf hopper is a sap sucking creep with a cool paint job.  

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Pandora Sphinx Moth

Pandora Sphinx Moth

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.  

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Pink Striped Oak Worm

Pink Striped Oak Worm

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. 

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Yellow Neck Caterpillar

Yellow Neck Caterpillar

August 21, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Yellow neck caterpillar is a leaf devouring creep that may affect several species of trees.

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Orange Stripped Oak Worm

Orange Stripped Oak Worm

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.

 

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Whitefly

Whitefly

July 31, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Whiteflys can be found throughout the growing season, and mate continually. 

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Bagworms

Bagworms

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.

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Rose Rosette Disease

Rose Rosette Disease

July 16, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Rose rosette disease is a serious viral disease of roses.

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Knowing when to remove a tree.

Knowing when to remove a tree.

July 15, 2013 Tree Care

Know when tree removal is necessary.  

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Wooly Beech Aphid

Wooly Beech Aphid

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.

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Dogwood Sawfly

Dogwood Sawfly

July 2, 2013 Bugs and Crud

 The bodies of the larvae become covered with a white powder-like material to mimic bird droppings.

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Emerald Ash Borer has been Discovered in NC

Emerald Ash Borer has been Discovered in NC

June 19, 2013 Tree Care

Emerald ash borer is now confirmed in Granville County, NC.

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles

June 17, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Japanese Beetles are active now.

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Chestnut Blight Research

Chestnut Blight Research

June 5, 2013 Tree Care

The American chestnut was once a fixture of the Eastern forest.

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Gloomy Scale

Gloomy Scale

June 4, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Gloomy scale is an armored scale creep feeding on your maples right now.

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Lecanium Scale

Lecanium Scale

May 22, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Lecanium scale is a soft scale creep that feeds directly from the tree.

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Ocellate Gall Midge

Ocellate Gall Midge

May 14, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The ocellate gall midge causes an ocellate (single-spotted), pale green to yellow, often bright red-margined gall

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Calico Scale

Calico Scale

May 7, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Calico scale is a soft scale creep thought to have been introduced through San Francisco in the 1900s.

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Japanese Maple Scale

Japanese Maple Scale

April 30, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Japanese maple scale is another armored scale creep found on many trees and shrubs.

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Tea Scale

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

 

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Our New Website

March 26, 2013 Community

.After months in the making, our new Heartwood website is up!

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