1. How to avoid sudden limb drop.

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    It is called sudden limb failure or sudden limb drop, and it can be very dangerous and expensive.

    Branches that suddenly fall can cause injuries and damage property.

    The hot summer combined with lower than average rain fall can weaken your trees. Branches on weekend trees can fall without warning anytime of the year but are all the more dangerous during winter storms.

    Late summer is the best time to have tree experts inspect your trees and clean up any dying branches.

    Don’t wait call today, Once the leaves fall it will be much harder to tell the damaged branches from healthy ones.

    Contact an arborist at Plant Solutions today to schedule an inspection.

  2. Want a Green Lawn Late Into The Fall?

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    • With the first freeze, a warm-season lawn begins to change from green to brown. This period of dormancy is part of the natural life cycle of turf grass. If you find an amber field undesirable, there’s a choice. Fall is a great time to overseed your dormant lawn with a cool-season grass to maintain a green appearance.
    • Overseed with annual or perennial ryegrass or blends of cool-season grasses. Bermuda grass tolerates overseeding better than Zoysia, centipede or St. Augustine. Time the overseeding two to four weeks before the first killing frost. Annual ryegrass is popular because of its quick rate of germination. Perennial ryegrass is more tolerant of cold, disease and drought.

    Contact Plant Solutions to come up with a plan for your property.

  3. Watch for Gypsy Moth Defoliation

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    Gypsy Moth Month

    Gypsy moth defoliation was high this year in Sussex and Morris counties. The caterpillars of the gypsy moth defoliate trees and shrubs to the point it can look like winter in the middle of July. It prefers oaks, including the New Jersey state tree, the northern red oak.

    If you suspect you have Gypsy Moths Caterpillars or Gypsy Mothsplease contact us right away to stop them from spreading. 908-548-0716

  4. Why You Should Hire Plant Solutions

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    We are Certified Arborists

    Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

    An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care.

    Services that Plant Solutions can provide

    • Pruning. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees.
    • Tree Removal. Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed.
    • Emergency Tree Care. An arborist can assist in performing emergency tree care in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.
    • Planting. Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location.
    • Plant Health Care. Preventive maintenance helps keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems.
    • Many other services. Consulting services, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing trees, etc.
  5. Now Is The Time To Plan Your Fall Lawn Care

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    Fall Lawn Care

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    The middle of the summer may seem to be a strange time to discuss what needs to be done in the fall, but there are some things that should be done now to prepare for the cooler weather tasks.

    In a few short weeks schools will be open, nights will be getting cool and your lawn will be preparing to go dormant for the winter.

    Contact Plant Solutions

    We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Call us at (888) 742-8733 or email info@plantsolutionsnj.com

  6. Climate Change = Super Poison Ivy!

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    Climate change isn’t just increasing outdoor temperatures and warming up the oceans. It may also greatly increase your chances of getting a really bad case of poison ivy.

    As the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, it’s boosting the growth of poison ivy plants, two recent studies show. These elevated carbon dioxide levels are creating bigger, stronger poison ivy plants that produce more urushiol, the oil that causes the allergic reaction and miserable poison ivy rash. The urushiol isn’t just more plentiful; it might also be more potent.

    Plant Solutions can help to kill any poison ivy on your property and help to reduce the the chances of getting bitten by a tick.

    Can you ID poison ivy

  7. 9 things every pet owner should know about TICKS!

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    Here are some more tips for making sure dogs are protected:

    1. Talk with your family veterinarian about vaccinating your pet against Lyme disease.
    2. Talk with your veterinarian about the best way to prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet.
    3. Your veterinarian may suggest an oral medication so that your pet is simply given a pill once a month. Or the vet may encourage spot-on medications, medicated shampoos, powders or tick collars.
    4. Consider having your yard and home treated for ticks.
    5. Inspect your dogs for ticks if they have been outside near wooded areas.
    6. If you find a tick, take tweezers and remove the tick as close to the body of the pet as possible, trying to get the head of the tick out.
    7. Watch your pet carefully over time and look out for any changes in behavior.
    8. If your pet is not acting right, take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
    9. After your dogs come in from outside check them carefully for ticks

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  8. Get Rid Of That Poison Ivy

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    Plant Solutions can rid your yard of poison ivy
    or any other pesky plant just call us at 908-548-0716

    Poison Ivy sign

    Poison Ivy sign

    This plant, like our mosquitoes, was here to welcome the invaders from Europe who had never seen it. The leaf is three lobed with the central leaflet on a short petiole. The two lateral leaflets are lobed on the outside edge while the central leaflet is lobed on both edges. The flower is hidden beneath the leaves and is green in color. The fruit is a small, white berry growing in clusters. All parts of the plant are poisonous at all times of the year. Poison ivy also has aerial rootlets which fasten it to trees, telephone poles, and other structures. It also grows as an upright plant. A single stem comes up from the underground stem. It can be identified by the aerial rootlets on the stem.

     

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  9. Don’t Let These Bugs Kill Your Trees

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    Warning: Emerald Ash Borer is spreading.

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    (TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials today reported that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, is active in five towns in three counties.

    Municipal officials and residents of Bridgewater and Hillsborough in Somerset County, Westampton in Burlington County and Ewing and West Windsor in Mercer County are encouraged to tree care professional to learn how to protect their ash trees or what to do with dead or dying trees.

    “Emerald ash borer is a fast-moving, highly destructive invasive pest, which could lead to the death of ash trees,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.  “Now that the beetle is in New Jersey and is starting to spread, we ask that towns put plans in place to respond to the beetle.”

    Emerald ash borer was first discovered in New Jersey in May 2014 by a private citizen in Bridgewater.  EAB is now present in 25 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.  It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has since killed tens of millions of trees.

    The adult emerald ash borer is a metallic green insect about one-half inch long and one-eighth inch wide making it hard to detect in the wild.  The female beetles lay eggs on the bark of ash trees. The eggs hatch and the larvae bore into the bark to the fluid-conducting vessels underneath.  The larvae feed and develop, cutting off the flow of nutrients and, eventually killing the tree.  EAB attacks and kills North American species of true ash, and tree death occurs three to five years following initial infestation.  EAB is native to Asia.

  10. Can You Identify Poison Ivy?

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    Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac are growing like crazy this year.

    Can you ID poison ivy

    Plant Solutions removes Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Don’t expose your family to the dangers of these poisonous plants, call 908-548-0716 and we will take care of it for you.

    Contact Plant Solutions

    We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Call us at (888) 742-8733 or email info@plantsolutionsnj.com

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