Tree and Shrub Care (Up to 20 Feet)
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Fertilizer Use Act of 2011
Gov. O'Malley, on May 19, 2011, signed into Maryland Law, the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011. The law is
designed to reduce the amount of nutrients into the Chesapeake Bay from lawns, golf courses, parks,
recreation areas and other non-agricultural sources. The law mandates several things: the amount of
phosphorus contained in fertilizer sold to the public, establishes a training and certification process
for persons who are hired for applying fertilizer, limits the amount of fertilizer applied to turf and
implements a program to educate homeowners on best practices for fertilizer application... Read full article on Fertilizer Use Act of 2011 on our blog
In addition to caring for your lawn with one of our custom lawn care programs, we can also care for you trees and shrubs. Our tree/shrub program has been exclusively designed for the climate and specific types of plants that grow in Maryland. Your technician will inspect and care for your landscape throughout the year with six scheduled visits.
The Tree/Shrub program will protect your investment in your landscape by controlling:
- Harsh winter winds and ice
- Essential nutrients in the soil
How? Our customized 6 step program will keep your landscape healthy and beautiful.
Contact Blades of Green for a Free Consultation.
- Early Spring: We apply a horticultural oil treatment before insects have a chance to develop. This oil prevents insects from hatching, before they can damage your landscape. We apply a balanced slow release fertilizer with micro-nutrients and iron to the root zone of your plants. These essential nutrients will promote root development, and foliage growth.
- Mid-Spring: Each plant is individually treated to protect them from spring insects (lace bugs, caterpillars, and mitts) and disease (leaf spot, scale, and rust). Nutrients are applied as needed.
- Early Summer: Each plant is individually treated to protect them from summer insects (Bag Worms, mites, and beetles) and Disease (powdery mildew, leaf spot, scale) Nutrients are applied as needed.
- Late Summer: Summer is when insect and disease problems often spread quickly. Both insects and diseases are monitored and treated as needed. Nutrients are applied as needed.
- Fall: Deep root injection to susceptible plants with systemic insecticide provides protection against harmful pests like emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid, and scale plus a fully-soluble fertilizer product that provides both chemical and biological fertility. Apply balanced fertilizer slow release fertilizer to all other plants.
- Winter: We apply a wax coat to protect your plants from drying out in the cold and ice of the winter and harsh winds.
News and tips from BOG
ALERT! Insects and your Azaleas, Boxwood and Holly
Now is the time for all of us to take a good close look at our shrubbery.
Have you ever checked the replacement cost of an Azalea that is, let's say
3 'high and 6' in diameter?
How about an American Holly at about 8' high
and beautifully shaped? Can you imagine the replacement costs for mature
American or worse yet English Boxwood?
Well you better be seated when
you do: the costs of mature azalea, holly or boxwood can easily go to
hundreds of dollars.
How foolish it would be to lose several large azaleas, hollies or other
large shrubs. Leaf miners, aphids, spider mites and lace bugs all do the
same thing: destroy beauty.
Yes, there are non-spray alternatives: notably
soapy water, lady bugs, parasitic wasps and flower flies can and in some
cases are all that is needed. If, however, your shrubs need help now then
reconcile yourself to many applications of soapy water and remember
that the bug predator approach is rather sketchy and probably won't do
Of course the choice is yours: we did notice that one of the finer
greenhouse locations does stock lady bugs for the purpose of dealing
with the aphids and other insects. Aphids are a bug that just plain keeps
on giving; they feast on the stems and leaves and secrete a substance
popularly referred to as "honeydew" translation: a really sticky gooey slime
on the plant and if you are really unlucky: all over the floor of your home.
There are products available through your local lawn care company. First
of all they will have staff available to diagnose the problem and to offer a
solution. I do know in our home aphid damage is severe and has resulted
in the plants death.
Ladybug eating aphids
Why use insecticides? Well, the insecticide used is
organically based and is very effective. Soapy water, while an effective
agent is not systemic and the soapy water approach must be repeated for
many, many weeks!!! Lady Bugs are an excellent defense: if they will stay.
Please, please inspect your shrubs: the signs are there and so is an
answer to the problem. Contact us at: 1-800-529-6227 or 410-867-8873.
Remember BOG: we offer solutions to your problems!