Monday, September 17, 2018


Horticulture Hotline 09/17/18
By Bill Lamson-Scribner       

What a difference a week makes! The hurricane went north of us and hardly did any damage to the Charleston trees in the process. The weirdest thing about a hurricane is you almost have to wish it on your neighbor to the north of you or to the south of you. What a crazy slow moving storm.

If the storm threat or the aftermath of the storm got you to look up into your trees for broken limbs, diseased limbs, limbs with cavities, or heavy overhanging limbs, then the storm did some good. If your trees need some professional help, call a tree service now and get on their list. Once a storm is coming our way, most tree companies are too busy to work you into their schedule.

The wood in trees is very heavy. Gravity is always pulling the weight of the tree down towards the ground. Over the years insurance companies have revised the way they look at tree damage. If you have a big dead limb or a tree that is half rotten at the base hanging over your house, and you do not have an expert look at the situation and correct it, then the insurance company may not pay for the damages if it falls. Basically, they would rather you pay say 2000 dollars for the tree work than them pay 150,000 in damage to the house. Call your agent for the details of your policy.

Although it is still 90 degrees, the daylight hours and the start of football are making the weather feel like fall is not too far away. Worms eating the grass and chinch bugs sucking the grass are still in full force. The worms love the cloudy weather we have had because the birds and the wasps that feed on them cannot see them as easily. I noticed and the white flowers of Virginia Buttonweed are visible peeking through the foliage of the turf grass.

Preemergent herbicides for the lawn and beds now will make your spring landscape much nicer. Treating your lawn and beds with Cyonora will keep mosquitoes, fleas, roaches, and other pests from bothering your pets, your shrubs, or yourself.

I guess I will have plenty of water for the time being…

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