1. Severe Storm Warning – Again!

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    Are You Ready For a Storm?

    Damaging storms NJ

    The Summer is just starting and we are seeing strong storms moving in from the west. These storms have damaged trees and properties. If you have storm damaged trees or would like to talk to us about preventive trimming, please call 888-742-TREE.

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  2. Poison Ivy – Why Hate It!

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    Ever wonder why poison ivy makes you itch and how to get rid of it? We can get rid of the poison ivy on your property. If you get a rash call a doctor.

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  3. Beware – New tick-borne disease worse than Lyme

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    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    A new study finds a tick-borne disease known as Borrelia Miyamoto is now infecting people across the Northeast, and in some cases the symptoms are so extreme that people have gone to the hospital.

    A Flemington, NJ physician, gained prominence two years ago when he became the first to identify a nasty little tick-borne pathogen called Borellia Miyamotoi as the source of a severe human illness.

    Now he has co-authored a new paper, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that starts to give physicians a better understanding of B. Miyamotoi and its effect on humans.

    With Lyme disease, the majority of illnesses appear to occur in June and early July, and B. miyamotoi is largely centered around the late summer, so the effect of the two bacteria is to widen the overall risk of tick-borne disease.

    Symptoms of B. Miyamotoi vary widely. Some people don’t feel sick and others have a high fever and other flu-like symptoms. In addition, B. Miyamotoi appears to be associated with related bugs that cause recurring flu-like illness, unlike Lyme.

    While ticks are particularly a problem now, they’re virtually always a problem in places like Hunterdon County, Gugliotta said. Tick-borne disease abates when the first frosts occur, but the bugs are found in places that stay warmer, such as barns, he said.

    Plant Solutions can help you manage you any tick problem you may have. Let our experts lesson the risk to your family and pets of Borellia miyamotoi and Lyme Disease.

    Read more at http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/06/tick-borne_illness_first_diagnosed_in_hunterdon_wo.html

     

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  4. Trees Clean the Soil

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    The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

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  5. Trees Produce Oxygen

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    Let’s face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath.

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  6. What is a Bee lawn?

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    Bee on a flower clover against green background

    Bee on a flower clover against green background

    We are experts in turf grass but there is a growing demand for Bee Grass. Turf grass looks great and holds up well around houses but does not appeal to bees.
    “Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some grass included,” said Mary Meyer, an extension horticulturist and professor with the University of Minnesota. “While bees don’t use grass, humans do. Most flowers, if you start walking on them, will die. Clover will tolerate a bit of foot traffic.”

    “The trend is urban meadows, where homeowners take out their lawns and replace them with diverse wildflowers that can get tall and rangy at the end of the season,” said, Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. . “But a nicely mown border around the outside keeps them looking tidy. Add a sign and people know you’re doing it on purpose. Mow in the fall and the whole lawn is cleaned up nicely.”

    So you can dedicate just some of your lawn to broad leaf plants such as clover.

    Contact Plant Solutions to discuss your lawn options.

  7. What is Boxwood Blight?

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    Boxwood blight leaf lesions. Photo: Richard Buckley, Rutgers PDL

    Boxwood Blight (also known as box blight), caused by the fungus
    Calonectria pseudonaviculata Is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in
    defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood. Once introduced to a landscape,
    boxwood blight is very difficult and costly to control with fungicides. The
    major means of spread of this disease is by movement of contaminated plant
    material (e.g. container or field-grown boxwood, boxwood greenery used
    for holiday decoration), but boxwood blight spores can also be spread on
    pruning tools, clothing, equipment and anything that might have contacted
    infected plants.

    If you suspect Boxwood Blight contact us right away.

    Avoiding introduction of boxwood blight to a landscape
    Because the boxwood blight pathogen is not well
    adapted to long-distance spread by long-distance air
    currents, the most likely entry point for the disease
    in a home landscape is by accidental introduction of
    infected plant material and/or contaminated tools,
    equipment or other items. Home growers who have
    boxwood in the landscape should carefully adhere
    to the following recommendations to avoid inadvertent introduction of this devastating disease to their
    landscape:

  8. 6 June Ornamental Plant Tips

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    June Ornamental Plant Tips

    • Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daises, asters, mums), carrot (dill, fennel, anise, yarrow, parsley) and mint (all mints and thymes).
    • Pinch out the flower buds of fall blooming asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to keep plants bushy and prevent early flowering.
    • Cut Iris flower stalks down to the crown when they are finished blooming. Leave the foliage alone. If your iris are over-crowded, June, after flowering, is the recommended time to lift and divide them. Read more… [2]
    • Iris borer [3] larvae tunnel down and feed on the rhizomes. The leaves and flower stalks may wilt. The best control is prevention. To prevent borer attack do not mulch your irises, plant rhizomes high in the planting bed and select full sun sites. If you suspect borers, dig up the rhizomes after bloom, cut off rotted and infested portions and re-plant.
    • Thrips [4] feed on flower buds and opened flowers causing them to turn brown. They cause leaf undersides to appear dirty and silvery. They are slender, minute and appear yellow-brown in color and transparent. Thrips are especially bad on gladiolus and will prevent flowers from opening.
    • Brown, bulls-eye lesions on pachysandra are an indication of the fungal disease volutella [5]. Thin out plants to improve circulation.

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  9. Ever Wonder what A Tree On A Turntable Sounds Like?

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    Music from trees

    Bartholomäus Traubeck created equipment that would translate tree rings into music by playing them on a turntable.

    Instead of a record player needle, a modified camera is analyzing the tree rings for their thickness, the space between rings and other factors.

    It sends that data over to Ableton Live audio production software, where it’s turned into the piano notes we hear.

    Traubeck’s algorithm gives certain types of trees different mixtures of scales, based on tree color and the overall texture of the wood. For instance, a fir tree grows quickly, therefore has larger gaps between the rings, which means the resulting music is more minimalistic (Traubeck chose the key of C minor for firs).

    Throw a slice of ash tree (with rings very close together) on the player  and the music is more compressed and complex.

    Traubeck told the public radio program Living On Earth that he was inspired by a 1977 album by rock band Jethro Tull, titled “Songs From The Wood.”  On the back jacket, a record player tonearm is pictured on top of a tree stump.

    Traubeck talked about each “performance” of his music being a little different:

    “It’s sort of a poetic translation into music. Every time you put the record on, even though it’s the same slab of tree, it will be slightly different, because I would have to start at the exact millimeter point of the record every time, which I can’t. If I would have to say what part of the music is coming from me and my decisions and what part is coming from the tree, then I would have to say, I guess 50/50.”

    Interested in hearing more of Traubeck’s piece, titled “Years”?  You can listen to and download his recordings of spruce, ash, oak and other trees here:

    – See more at: http://www.cpr.org/classical/blog/turntable-plays-tree-rings-instead-vinyl-grooves-how-did-he-do#sthash.ouZB29yf.dpuf

     

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