11 Sep What’s New in the World of Trees for September?
Global Climate Changes. The new challenge these days is how to deal with increasingly dynamic ecosystems caused by global climate change. Many ‘secondary’ plant pathogens are becoming prevalent and problematic. Many fungi, rusts and powdery or downy mildews now have longer growing time periods due to global climate changes and they are preying on trees and impacting the plant’s health.
Eastern Tent Caterpillar. The Eastern Tent Caterpillar The Eastern Tent Caterpillar is prevalent but you can reduce next year’s hatch by collecting and destroying their egg masses now or during the winter months when they are more visible. Their egg masses contain about 150-400 eggs and are covered with a shiny, black varnish looking material that is encircling the branches. By destroying those egg masses it helps to reduce next year’s hatch.
Spruce Gall Midge. The Norway spruce, a large, fast-growing evergreen coniferou Norway Spruces tree, is impacted by an unidentified spruce gall midge. These midges are tiny fly-like insects. If you cut open small, bud-like galls concealed beneath the bud scales on affected twigs, a small yellow larva is often found. The midges are killing individual shoots.
If your trees are feeling the impacts of any of these challenges, call JLC Landscape & Tree Services for a consult with our Certified Arborist.