The Cicadas have awoken
One staple sound of summer is the high pitch call of the cicada. This is a very special year for the cicada as it is the year they emerge from hibernation. They live underground for 17 years in the nymph stage feeding off tree and shrub roots only to live 3 or 4 weeks as adults. Unlike the locust, cicadas do not cause much damage to plantings. They actually help aerate the soil, and bring nutrients and nitrogen to the surface, benefiting the plants. Researchers say that the recent weather has postponed their return but believe they will come once the heat of the summer arrives.

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

July 2013

Summer Pruning
Along with the incredible amount of rain we have been having comes a burst of plant growth. Now that the new growth has hardened off, and the flowers have faded it is time to prune. Leydon Landscaping is scheduling their summer pruning now to bring your trees and shrubs back into shape. If you would like to have this service done, please contact us at 215-794-3854.

Outdoor lighting
With parties, graduations, and the Fourth of July, summer is a great time to entertain. Using low voltage outdoor lighting allows you to extend your outdoor festivities later into the evening. Whether you want to up light a specimen tree, the front of your house or light up a walkway with path lights, Let Leydon Landscaping help you choose and install the perfect lighting system.

Emerald Ash Borer
A lot of our customers have been asking about the Emerald ash borer (EAB) and what can be done to protect their ash trees. The EAB is a small metallic green beetle Ā½ā€ in length that tunnels under the bark of ash trees. The tunneling disrupts the trees food and water transports causing the tree to starve and eventually die. Signs of infestation are split bark, canopy dieback, tunneling marks and ā€œDā€ shaped exit holes in the bark. The EAB was first detected in Michigan in 2002 and is now present in 18 states and has been detected in southeastern Pennsylvania. While treatment plans can effectively manage this pest problem the challenge lies in diagnosing it. Once you know your tree has been infected chances are it is too late to save the tree. Experts are saying that once their presents are detected within a 15 mile radius you should start planning on what course of action to take. If your plan involves treating trees instead of replacing them effective insecticides are available. The insecticides would need to be applied by a licensed arborist. Please call us if you have any questions.