Tree Care Blog

21 May Southern Red Mites: Cool-Season Pest of Lowcountry Trees and Shrubs

During the cooler months, from November until March, the Southern Red Mite (Oligonychus ilicis) can be a devastating pest of common landscape plants. It prefers broadleaf evergreens like Hollies, Azaleas, Magnolias and Camellias- all of which are favorite plants in Charleston gardens. When infestations become severe, they can damage these plants and cause leaf discoloration, leaf drop and dieback. This mite is tiny...

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24 Mar A Common Reason for Tree Decline: Planting Trees Too Deep

When a tree is in decline, the culprit is often assumed to be either disease, insect or nutrition-related. And while many times this is the reason, poor horticultural practices often allow these other problems to occur. It is comparable to Eastern vs. Western medicine. While Western medicine will often treat "symptoms" like a cough or rash, Eastern medicine tries to find the cause...

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21 Mar The Consequences of Leaving The Wire Baskets on Field-Grown Trees

Charleston is a city of grand trees and well-designed gardens. When the azaleas begin to flower under canopies of Live Oaks each spring, we are drawn back into our gardens and parks to enjoy the long growing season of the Lowcountry. Live Oaks, Crape Myrtles, Ligustrums and Dogwoods are some of the trees and shrubs that create the lush Charleston landscape we...

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09 Mar Tree Pruning in the Low Country: Start them Young!

South Carolina homeowners know that pruning their trees isn't just a matter of making them look neat and tidy. Pruning is also important to the growth and overall health of the tree. This is particularly true of the young tree. In order to develop a tree that has a sturdy structure and an attractive appearance, pruning is essential. If you take...

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