March 2020
Count down to Spring has begun
As the countdown to spring begins so does our plant healthcare programs. Autumn Tree, Lawn & Landscape customers should have received their annual property proposal for the upcoming year. If you did not receive yours please contact our office.
Sunday, March 8TH
Daylight Savings
Turn clocks forward one hour
Repairing Winter Injury

Symptoms of winter injury often do not appear until spring. Susceptible plants and plants in areas exposed to the elements should be inspected for damage in late winter and early spring. Plants stressed by winter injuries are more susceptible to pest damage and disease. Trunk wraps should be removed and frost cracks should be kept clean to prevent infection. Parts of trees and shrubs with brown foliage should not be pruned now because many plants will sprout new growth on injured twigs and branches as the weather warms. Salt burn is common and can be treated. Plants and soil regularly exposed to salt (magnesium chloride) should be flush out with regular watering.
Winter can be devastating for our plants. However, Autumn Tree, Lawn & landscape can help. Ask our certified Arborist for a free estimate today.
Maintenance and pest management calendar for trees and shrubs

Timing for treatments can vary depending on current weather conditions, location, pest emergence and other variable conditions. The best plan is for an overall plant health care program.

  • Prune out dead canes from roses
  • Plant new trees and shrubs as soon as soil is dry enough to be worked
  • Assess desiccation injury as plants come out of dormancy
  • Have plants checked for overwintering scale insects, mites and aphids – treat as needed

  • Prune out dead and damaged tree branches
  • Address soil fertility needs
  • Pest monitoring from March should continue
  • Begin foliage disease management
  • Boring insect suppression treatments should begin

  • Prune early spring blooming shrubs and trees after flowers fade
  • Have fruit on apple trees thinned
  • Continue foliage disease management and boring insect suppression treatments
Arborvitae (Thuja)
Arborvitae trees are known as white cedars, red cedars, eastern arborvitaes and other nicknames. Wood from these trees is easily split and decay-resistant and therefore have many uses (ie. furnture, fence posts, and the construction of beehives). Arborvitae are widely used as ornamentals and hedges in landscapes, often planted in rows to create windbreaks or screens. Arborvitae trees are typically hardy and fast-growing.

Fun Fact: Thuja  is antibacterial. A 2017 trial showed that its extract effectively killed both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.