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Tree Fungus

Posted by Amy O'Hare

May 8, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Spring showers bring May flowers, but they also bring fungus diseases.  Theseare some of the most prevalent and damaging.

Dogwood Anthracnose

Dogwood_AnthracnoseAnthracnose infection begins in the leaves, causing them to brown and dry up.   Over time, infection of twigs and shoots may kill branches, usually beginning with those low on the tree, moving upward.  Infected trees may die within 1-3 years.  Spring treatments help control infection.

 

 

Apple Scab

Apple_scabFlowering Apples and Crabapples are susceptible to a fungus disease called Apple Scab.  The results of this disease are yellow and brown leaves and defoliation by early summer.    Foliar treatments can protect you trees from this disease. Varieties resistant to the disease are available.

 

Diplodia

DiplodiaDiplodia infects Austrian and Red Pines in our territory.  Symptoms show as brown, stunted new shoots with short, brown needles. Needles on infected new shoots often become discolored (tan, brown).  New shoots are killed rapidly by the fungus. Repeated infections reduce growth, deform trees, and ultimately kill them.

 

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Topics: tree care, plant disease management, Insect & Disease Management, Spring

Plant Health and Pest Management Program Plus a 10% Prepay Discount

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 4, 2014 10:39:48 AM

Understanding what is delivered in your plant health care and pest control programs will help set expectations and goals for your landscape.

Everyone wants the perfect landscape, with healthy and beautiful trees and shrubs; however, not everyone is willing to invest in a comprehensive plant health care program. Even those who do invest in plant health care may not understand the plant health care pest managementcomprehensiveness of their programs. Knowing what to expect from a landscape care program will help you achieve your goals, and limit landscape-associated headaches.

A plant health care or pest management program is comprised of a series of visits that include inspection and treatment of the trees and shrubs on your property. At Carpenter Costin, our Pest Management Program consists of five visits, and our Plant Health Care Program consists of eight visits.

Not all plant health care programs are equal. Programs depend on the knowledge and equipment that a company has, and determines if they’re capable of providing various technical services. Most providers offer programs based on timely visits, and usually start at three-visit programs and go up to comprehensive eight-visit programs. One-time target treatments are also available for specific prevention, such as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid or Ticks.

Determining which program is best for you should be based on your property and your budget; however, for optimal results, it is recommended that you opt for a minimum of five visits. A five visit program ensures control and prevention of insects, and also provides control on plant diseases. Opting for anything less than five visits jeopardizes the ability to control the pests, and is not the best investment for your landscape.

Many collegiate horticultural programs recommend property visits and treatments every two weeks throughout the growing season; however, at an average cost of about $80, the price tag for such a program would be substantial. A five visit program offers the best bang for your buck, while an eight visit program provides the most comprehensive control and prevention. If it fits your budget, more visits are better; however, five and eight visit programs are very economical without sacrificing quality.

Although plant health care experts are great at predicting when certain pests will become active based on factors of phenology, they cannot forecast this more than a few weeks to a month in advance - and so much is based on micro-climates (meaning pests active in Swampscott may not be active in Andover). Relying on a three visit program to handle your plant health care needs may jeopardize the ability to tailor due to current conditions and micro-climates.

For best results, we recommend that you choose a five visit or eight visit program. There is exceptional value in choosing a five or eight visit plan, and it ensures that your trees and shrubs maintain great health. A three visit program may be less expensive, but we urge you to be cautious when choosing a plan under five visits, as sacrifices must be made. For more plant health information, request a free consultation with one of our experts.

We're extending our 10% discount for prepaying for insect & disease management services until March 15. 

10% Prepayment Discount for Tree, Shrub, Lawn Treatments/Programs Until March 1

 

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The Truth About Plant Health and Pest Management Programs

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Dec 7, 2012 3:39:00 PM

Understanding what is delivered in your plant health care and pest control programs will help set expectations and goals for your landscape.

Everyone wants the perfect landscape, with healthy and beautiful trees and shrubs; however, not everyone is willing to invest in a comprehensive plant health care program. Even those who do invest in plant health care may not understand the plant health care pest managementcomprehensiveness of their programs. Knowing what to expect from a landscape care program will help you achieve your goals, and limit landscape-associated headaches.

A plant health care or pest management program is comprised of a series of visits that include inspection and treatment of the trees and shrubs on your property. At Carpenter Costin, our Pest Management Program consists of five visits, and our Plant Health Care Program consists of eight visits.

Not all plant health care programs are equal. Programs depend on the knowledge and equipment that a company has, and determines if they’re capable of providing various technical services. Most providers offer programs based on timely visits, and usually start at three-visit programs and go up to comprehensive eight-visit programs. One-time target treatments are also available for specific prevention, such as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid or Ticks.

Determining which program is best for you should be based on your property and your budget; however, for optimal results, it is recommended that you opt for a minimum of five visits. A five visit program ensures control and prevention of insects, and also provides control on plant diseases. Opting for anything less than five visits jeopardizes the ability to control the pests, and is not the best investment for your landscape.

Many collegiate horticultural programs recommend property visits and treatments every two weeks throughout the growing season; however, at an average cost of about $80, the price tag for such a program would be substantial. A five visit program offers the best bang for your buck, while an eight visit program provides the most comprehensive control and prevention. If it fits your budget, more visits are better; however, five and eight visit programs are very economical without sacrificing quality.

Although plant health care experts are great at predicting when certain pests will become active based on factors of phenology, they cannot forecast this more than a few weeks to a month in advance - and so much is based on micro-climates (meaning pests active in Swampscott may not be active in Andover). Relying on a three visit program to handle your plant health care needs may jeopardize the ability to tailor due to current conditions and micro-climates.

For best results, we recommend that you choose a five visit or eight visit program. There is exceptional value in choosing a five or eight visit plan, and it ensures that your trees and shrubs maintain great health. A three visit program may be less expensive, but we urge you to be cautious when choosing a plan under five visits, as sacrifices must be made. For more plant health information, request a free consultation with one of our experts.

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Ritzi staying busy with our plant health care and pest management programs.

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Topics: plant disease management, pest management, plant health care

Importance of Plant Health Care for Commercial Properties

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jul 10, 2012 11:06:00 AM

Ensuring plant health and appeal should be a top priority for all commercial property managers.

Commercial properties range in type and size, but for the most part, appearance is very important to both the tenants and the management. Whether you manage a massive business park, or a small condominium complex, landscape appeal and plant health should be a top priority.

What most property managers fail to realize is that plant health care is not achieved by selecting a landscape contractor to handle the weekly maintenance. Plant health care should be handled separately, by a trained and licensed professional. Realizing the need for a plant health care professional is only half the battle, however, as establishing a budget and formulating a plan will determine the true success of a plant health care program for a commercial property.

Focus on areas of need first. Has the property been infested with any specific insects, like Hemlock Woolly Adelgid or Wintermoth? Allocating resources to controlling and preventing these pests will help improve a property’s appeal immensely. After running through the insect and pest checklist, take a look at the turf areas on the property. How do they look? Could they use weed control, fertilization, or any other treatments?

Once you’ve covered the areas of highest need, you can then work with the plant health care professional to determine a comprehensive plant health care plan. A multi-step plan, with a variety of turf and tree/shrub treatments will help ensure your commercial property is looking as good as it can. Immaculate grounds can go a long way when attracting potential tenants.

Consider a free consultation with a plant health care professional to determine the value of plant health and appeal at your commercial location.

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A trained professional applies insecticides at a commercial property.

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A plant health care program can keep your property looking great, just like this condo complex.

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Topics: plant disease management, pest management, plant health care, Commercial Services

Birch Leaf Blight Breakout in Massachusetts

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jun 8, 2012 9:08:00 AM

The Birch Leaf Blight fungus disease that defoliates Birch trees is becoming more prevalent across our region.

There has been a lot of buzz around the Carpenter Costin office about Birch Leaf Blight, and although we usually see a few cases each year, this particular fungus seems to be defoliating more Birch trees than ever before in our area.

Identifying Birch Leaf Blight

Birch Leaf Blight is usually found on River Birches and can be identified by black or brown spots on the leaves, usually encircled by a yellowish halo. This disease will cause leaves to drop quickly, so if your Birch is dropping leaves early, investigate the fallen leaves for blight spots.

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Treating Birch Leaf Blight

Once identified, immediate action should be taken to prevent further damage, and attempt to revitalize the infected Birch. Fungicide and fertilizer applications should be used to attack the fungus and strengthen the tree. It is also important to dispose of the fallen leaves accordingly as blight can spread easily through rain splash. Keeping your trees well-watered will also help promote new leaf production after infection.

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Preventing Birch Leaf Blight

In order to protect your Birch trees from leaf blight, you should consider a fungicide program that consists of three to four treatments throughout the growing season. You should also plan for spring and fall fertilizer applications, or more if necessary.

If your Birches are defoliating it is likely due to Birch Leaf Blight disease. Consult with a Certified Arborist immediately to treat the disease before it is too late, and before the disease spreads to other Birches in the area.

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This defoliated Birch has been devastated by Birch Leaf Blight.

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Topics: tree care, plant disease management, plant health care

Plan 2012 Pest Management Now, Save 10%

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Nov 16, 2011 12:06:00 PM

As 2011 is winding down, it is time to plan your 2012 pest management programs and save money while doing so!

Carpenter Costin offers one of the most comprehensive pest management departments around. Our state of the art equipment, experienced technicians, and diverse solutions combine to create an extremely effective pest management division which allows us to provide both preventative and reactionary treatments for a wide range of insect and disease problems. We are experts at pest management for your shrubs, trees, lawns, and plants.pest management consultation

We are also proud to offer a 10% discount for pre-payment on pest management services, meaning when you sign up for your pest management between December 1st and March 31st, you can recieve a 10% discount. If you have had a history of insect or disease infestation, be it Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Wintermoth, Anthracnose, or anything other pest, we recommend preventative treatments, which can be booked now at a 10% discount. Not only can you save your trees, shrubs, and lawn from nasty pests, but you can save some money while doing so. The 10% discount can be applied to one time Target Treatments, as well as Multi-Visit Treatment Programs.

If you're unsure of what exactly it is that you need, but think you have pest problems, take advantage of our free consultations and meet with an experienced pest pro. Don't wait until it is too late. Planning your pest management now will help you save!

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Plan Now for Next Year's Pest Management

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Oct 18, 2011 1:51:00 PM

Don't be caught trying to combat insects and diseases with reactionary measures. Plan your technical programs now for effective preventative treatments next year.

Each spring, the phones at our headquarters in Swampscott ring off the the hook with local homeowners mentioning that "something is eating their trees." Some of these callers were plant health care technicianadvised to implement a pest management program earlier in the year, but decided against it only to be infested with pests come spring time. Luckily for the callers, our plant health care division provides effective reactionary pest management solutions; however, they highly recommend signing up for the more effective, and less costly, preventative treatments prior to the beginning of the growing season.

Our preventative programs are tailored to suit your property, and range from one-time target treatments, to five and eight visit programs for complete pest management and plant health coverage. These treatments prevent infestation from the insects and diseases trying tirelessly to eat your foliage, damage your trees, and ruin your turf.

Whether your property has been affected by insects such as the Winter Moth, Lace Bug, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Fall Web Worm; or plagued by Tip Blight, Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, and Apple Scab; our plant health care pros can provide the treatment you need. Request a free consultation now with a Carpenter Costin professional to discuss your pest management needs and wants. You'll be thanking us next spring when your property is pest free!

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Powdery Mildew a Concern Across Our Region

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jul 25, 2011 11:07:00 AM

Powdery Mildew, caused by several types of fungi, is beginning to show fairly heavily across New England. Appearing as white, dusty coating on plant and tree foliage, Powdery Mildew can create a very unslightly appearance on your trees and shrubs. On the North Shore and around the Greater Boston Area, Powdery Mildew most commonly affects dogwoods, maples, oaks, lilacs, and birches.

Though the dusty appearance of Powdery Mildew is unslightly, rarely does the fungus ever fatally damage a tree. Without proper care, however, Powdery Mildew can spread quickly and develop across your entire landscape.powdery mildew fungus

Treating Powdery Mildew requires a combination of fungicide treatments, and good cultural practices. Pruning and destroying affected areas is a great way to stop the spread of the disease. Combine fungicides, or topical treatments of summer horticultural oil, with good cultural practices, such as pruning, to protect your trees and plants from Powdery Mildew.

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If you see Powdery Mildew on the leaves, shoots, and flowers in your yard, we recommend consulting with a Certified Arborist. Our disease management treatment programs are designed to prevent Powdery Mildew and other fungal diseases.

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Topics: tree care, plant disease management, shrub care, Insect & Disease Management, powdery mildew