How to treat Viburnum Leaf Beetle

Info Viburnum Leaf Beetle are invasive insects which feed on the leaves of many popular types of viburnum. Even many of the Illinois native viburnum are susceptible to damage from Viburnum Leaf Beetle. The insects larvae will chew holes in the leaves in spring (typically early to mid-May). After this, the larvae will change form…

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How to Treat Boxwood Leafminer

Info Boxwood Leafminer is the most destructive insect pest of boxwood. The adult insect is a small mosquito-like fly. The adult insect does little to no damage to the plant. The larvae, though, are another story. The adult females lay eggs on the boxwood leaf surface. These eggs hatch and the larvae will start feeding…

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How to Care For Fruit Trees

Fruit Tree Care Guide (Illinois) In order to have the best quality fruit, similar to what you would find at a grocery store, you will want to treat your fruit trees. There are a few different products you should apply to your trees throughout the year, so that your tree remains healthy and produces quality…

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Deer / Rabbit Management

How to Discourage Deer & Rabbits There are many different ways to discourage deer & rabbits from damaging plants. The primary methods we recommend are Physical Barriers, Repellants, and choosing Plants Not Favored by Deer & Rabbits. Physical Barriers tend to be the most expensive and time-consuming of the three methods listed. In order for…

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Winter Burn on Evergreen Bushes & Trees

After experiencing one of the worst (coldest / snowiest) winter in 100+ years of record keeping in Northern Illinois many people are asking me about their brown (orange) evergreen plants. I have personally inspected dozens of plants in the last couple of weeks. I have seen winter burn on a number of different species of…

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Aphid Treatment

Info / Symptoms: Aphids are one of the most destructive pests for plant life. They cause damage to many different types of plants by sucking the sap of the plant as well as transmitting viruses from plant to plant. Aphids can have many effects on plants, especially those in temperate regions or indoors. Because female…

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Anthracnose Treatment

Info / Symptoms: Anthracnose is a fungal disease caused by several different fungi that are closely related. All of the fungi are generally host-specific, meaning they can only affect one type of tree. The disease spreads in spring when it is cool and wet. The effect on an infected tree can vary, but it will…

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Cedar Quince Rust Treatment

Info / Symptoms: Cedar-apple rust, cedar-hawthorn rust, and cedar-quince rust are closely related rust diseases that require two hosts to complete their life cycle. All three rusts can infect most varieties of eastern red cedar as well as many other junipers and an alternate host. Cedar-quince rust has the broadest host range and can affect…

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Apple Scab Treatment

Info / Symptoms: If you have a flowering crabapple or fruit-bearing apple tree that flowers and leaves out fully in the spring but then starts shedding its leaves in the early summer, your tree may have apple scab.  Although apple scab is not fatal in and of itself, it can weaken your tree to the…

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Magnolia Scale Treatment

Info / Symptoms: Magnolia Scale is one of the largest scale insects in Illinois reaching up to a half of an inch in length. It can also be fairly difficult to treat large infestations. Magnolia Scale will overwinter on twigs on the tree, then start to feed and enlarge throughout spring. Female scale will turn…

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