Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times.
Getting to the bottom of a plant problem can be a challenge. This is definitely the case with ornamental plants because there are so many different species. What do you need to be a good diagnostician?
After the autumn leaves fall and are cleaned up we start thinking of holidays and of plants that will keep our interest throughout the winter. Though there are many plants with berries and interesting bark that can add interest to the winter landscape, Pennsylvania also offers some native evergreens that can help form a backdrop to deciduous berrying shrubs or highlight dramatic bark.
As the result of efforts by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s spotted lanternfly survey crews, cooperators (other agencies, Penn State Extension, and other organizations), and the general public, Sven Spichiger, Entomology Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) recently reported two new Pennsylvania counties and several new township detection records for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula.
Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) is a biennial that true to its name, having notable spines. This plant is much different than Canada thistle.
The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County; an additional township in Montgomery County and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester Counties. The additional quarantined municipalities include Boyertown Borough, Berks County; Douglass Township, Montgomery County; Milford Township including Trumbauersville Borough, Bucks County; and South Coventry Township, Chester County.
Firewood is an important source of heat for many Pennsylvania residents. As the weather turns colder, a lot of folks are gathering firewood for the winter. Unfortunately, firewood is also an important source of invasive problems, and moving it around can spread damaging insects and diseases. You should use local firewood as much as possible.
What is your tolerance for weeds in the landscape? For most folks, they are pests that need to be dealt with promptly and mercilessly. What if you were to look at some of the benefits of these unwanted plants? Would or could you change your mind?
Earthworms play an important role in turfgrass ecosystems through their burrowing activities and by breaking down thatch and organic matter. Burrowing creates channels in soil that improve drainage, reduce compaction, facilitate air exchange, and promote root development.
Fall is the time of year when cool-season turfgrasses recover from summer stress-related conditions; such as drought, heat, and disease. For athletic fields, fall is also the time that turf takes a beating from football and other school sports activities.
A weed that has been spreading in recent years in the nursery and landscape trade is mulberry weed.
Chrysanthemum White Rust (CRW) is caused by the fungal pathogen Puccinia horiana. If you suspect that it is present on your plants, you are required to report it to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture since there have been documented cases this year in Pennsylvania.
Drive down any road and you will probably find non-native plant species beginning to invade our forests, stream corridors, meadows, and yes, even the landscape at your home...
Choosing a fertilizer is an important management decision that affects the quality, color, and durability of your turf. Because nitrogen fertilizer is a significant maintenance expense, some serious thought should go into choosing the most efficient product for your operation.
Harrisburg, Pa. — Berks County has another township under quarantine due to the Spotted Lanternfly. The invasive insect, which was new to the United States last fall, continues to impact the county.
There is still one week left of summer. Now is the time to be thinking ahead and preparing for the winter season. Here are a few reminders as we wrap up the Summer of 2015.
Picturesque may be the first word that comes to mind when describing the Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora. This graceful, slow-growing tree typically grows on steep slopes or dry, rocky ridges in its native habitat in Japan and Korea.
If you play a word association game with a green industry professional, the typical response for a ground cover might be a juniper. They provide beauty year-round and are pretty tough plants. But what if you are looking for something that shows a little more ‘change’ throughout the growing season?
If you are considering using a pesticide, it is important to make sure you are in compliance with Pennsylvania law.
Another Berks County township is quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was first found in the area last fall.