A first instar nymph of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, from the quarantine area in eastern Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Join us for an afternoon of insect pest and plant disease identification and discussion.This event will be on the Delaware Valley University campus on June 9th from 1-3 pm. (free)
Native plants have become very popular over the years and with the plight of pollinators and monarch butterflies all over the news it is like that, if they haven’t yet, your clients will be asking about natives very soon.
Earlier in the month I received an alert from the Penn State Tree Fruit Education and Research Center (FREC) that May 5 and 6 would be prime time for Fire Blight Infection on fruit trees.
The Board of the International Society of Arboriculture has made the decision to temporarily suspend the administration of the current Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA) exam as of June 1, 2015.
Are you looking for a weeping tree? Or maybe you need an upright grower to 25 feet tall, or one that will top out at 8-10 feet? Does your design call for a vase-shaped tree or one with a rounded habit? Flowering crabapples (Malus spp.) have you covered.
Wild garlic (Allium vineale) and onion (Allium canadense) are perennial plants that can be a weed in turfgrass and landscape beds.
We get many questions about the host plants used by Spotted Lanternfly. In most of the articles about Spotted Lanternfly there are references to “over 65 host plants”.
Spring has finally sprung and warm weather appears to be a more permanent fixture after a long, hard winter. Leaf buds are starting to swell but there is still time to observe winter ornamental characteristics of some plants before the emerging foliage hides those features.
Extension educators get lots of questions about Japanese stiltgrass in lawns and landscapes. The University of Maryland's TPM/IPM Weekly Report April 10, 2015 issue has a good article about Japanese stiltgrass.
It is typical at this time of year to be attending to crops of geraniums in the greenhouse, by which I mean Pelargoniums. Yet there is an ever-increasing array of excellent hardy Geranium species and cultivars that are strong performers in most of Pennsylvania.
Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis) is a summer annual monocot, though it is not a grass. It is a non-native species that has become a weed issue in the eastern United States.
Magnolias are beloved harbingers of spring, with many blooming early, before they leaf out. That is an asset and a liability, given that the early bloomers are often spoiled by frost.
Fire blight is a disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. This bacterium can attack more than 75 species of trees and shrubs in the rose family of plants including apple, pear, quince, mountain ash, crabapple, hawthorn, cotoneaster, serviceberry, and pyracantha.
Since spotted lanternfly is known to be established in only a few properties in Eastern Berks County, and has the potential to severely impact a number of agricultural commodities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture is attempting to eradicate this new pest to North America.
Harrisburg, Pa. — Twenty-one Pennsylvania projects will protect the state’s agriculture industry against pest and disease as a result of nearly $2.8 million in funding through the 2014 Farm Bill.
In America we have never observed spotted lanternfly nymphs, so we don’t know first-hand about their habits or schedules. What we know is gleaned from research papers written by Asian scientists in the areas where spotted lanterfly is native.
The process can be intimidating, but don’t let that stop you! Here’s a quick breakdown of the steps needed to become a certified commercial or public applicator.
This year a number of very good plants are out in the marketplace. Does that mean they are good new varieties? Well according to Stephanie Cohen, “just because it’s new does not mean it’s good, it just means it’s new”.
Pesticide safety cannot be overstated! This 2013 article on getting the math right when calibrating a sprayer, bears repeating.