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Beware the Emerald Ash Borer…

Nature works hard to protect itself. Trees have natural defense systems to protect themselves from disease or insect damage. Sometimes though, a species of insects is

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Preparing for Winter

As fall draws near, make sure you are preparing your landscape for the winter! Below is a list of what you should do to get

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Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer stretch from about July 3 to August 11. These days were named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, and the period lasted during

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It’s Mulch Time!

Laying mulch is one of the best practices to preserve the look and health of your trees. It provides a beautiful, neat ground cover and

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Dogwoods Beware!

Have you noticed spots and blotches of varying shapes and sizes appearing on your Dogwoods? If so, your Dogwoods could be infected by Anthracnose.  Anthracnose

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An Underground World…

There is a world beneath our feet, budding with life we rarely even think about or consider.  For our plants, this underground world is as

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Planting Depth

One of the most common mistakes inexperienced gardeners make is failing to recognize the importance of proper planting depth. They usually err on the side

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Sapsuckers

The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a type of woodpecker that primarily feeds on sap but also eats the insects attracted to sap. Sapsuckers attack live trees,

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Cold Hardy Palms

Can I plant a palm tree here? Yes, you can! There are several palms that will survive and thrive in upstate South Carolina. Sabal palmetto

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Palms

Palms belong to the monocot family, along with grasses, orchids, and bromeliads. Palms are not capable of secondary growth and thus, do not have annual

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Mistletoe

Description: Mistletoe is a PARASITIC plant that grows as a hanging bush on the branches of trees. It will grow on most deciduous trees but prefers

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Mower Injury

Description: Injuries incurred by lawn mowers and string trimmers can seriously threaten a tree’s health. Nicks or cuts to the base of the tree disrupt the

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Nutrient Deficiency

Description: Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Plants require nutrients to stay healthy and those aren’t always readily available. The first sign

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Poor Drainage

Description: Poor drainage is a common landscape problem and is considered by many to be one of the biggest killers of landscape plants. In areas with

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Water Deficiency

Description: Tree health and growth depend upon an adequate supply of water. Normally, rainfall supplies enough to sustain healthy trees. Even moderate dry periods can be

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Lightning

Description: Trees, because they are normally the tallest point around, are natural lightning rods. When a tree is struck by lightning the liquids inside the trunk

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Girdling Root

Description: Girdling root is defined as “a root that grows around the trunk of a tree, thus tending to strangle the tree”. Normal movement of water

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Construction Damage

The construction process can be devastating to surrounding trees when there is no protection plan in place. Broken branches are commonplace but damage done underground

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Black Knot

Description: Black knot is a serious disease of plum and cherry trees caused by the fungus Apiosporina morbosa. It is referred to as black knot because

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Cedar-Apple Rust

Description: Cedar-apple rust can be very harmful to the health of apple trees. If severe infections of cedar-apple rust continue for several seasons, apple tree death

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Fire Blight

Description: Fire blight gets its name from the burnt appearance it leaves on affected blossoms and twigs. It is one of the most devastating and difficult-to-control

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Hypoxlon Canker

Description: The following is a description of hypoxylon canker in oak, taken from the Texas Plant Disease Handbook: “Hypoxylon Canker (fungus – Hypoxylon atropunctatum and other Hypoxylon

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