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Summer Update

2014 is proving to be a challenging year; we have gone from a bitter cold winter & a late spring right into hot & humid weather. Now that our trees and shrubs have blossomed and leafed out, the winter’s damage is even more evident. Some of the hardest hit plants are rhododendron, Azaleas, Boxwoods, Plum & Weeping Cherry trees. While some of these have visibly dead leaves, it seems that the stems still have some life in them.
 
This season fungal blights and diseases life anthracnose & fire blight are thriving. Fire blight which affects trees in the Prunus family, including plums, crab apples & pears, is difficult to treat. The best option to manage fire blight is to prune out diseased limbs during the dormant season; pruning during the growing season may spread the disease. Although we can only imagine what the rest of the season will bring us, we can assure you that we will be monitoring and doing our best to stay on top of what is coming.
 
Our next round of treatments will be looking for summer insects like Japanese beetles, bagworms, plant bugs & webworms; those treatments generally happen early in July. With all the harsh weather our landscapes have been subjected to, a fall fertilization application should high on your list of priorities; this will help replenish all nutrients the trees used up to survive.
 
If you are unsure if your plants are dead or alive or concerned about pests and disease in your landscape, contact Independent Tree Service at 440-564-1374 or, info@independenttree.com and I would be more than happy to come out and give you a free estimate.

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