Patchy Lawn? Time to Renovate, Organically

Early fall is the perfect timing for lawn renovation as it will organically outcompete weed seeds and crab grass which germinate in spring. Core aeration and slice seeding is recommended when your lawn is thin, has bare areas, or to introduce new grass varieties to an old worn-out lawn. The introduction of superior turf grasses and organic practices will help …

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A New Tick Disease & Free Special Offer

There’s a new tick disease spreading throughout the northeastern states, and if it follows the path of Lyme disease, it may become prominent everywhere before long. It can’t be detected by a Lyme’s test but can be more devastating if left untreated. Borrelia miyamotoi wasn’t even known before 2013, but the number of devastating infections borne by ticks seems to …

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Gypsy Moth Outbreak

Long Island has seen a rise in the Gypsy moth caterpillar population due to the unseasonably dry spring. In the past we’ve experienced localized outbreaks but according to Dan Gilrein, an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative, this year’s Gypsy moth presence has been the largest he recalls since 1988. Gypsy moth caterpillar damage Naturally occurring fungus and disease that ordinarily control the …

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Arborvitae Leafminer Adults Take Wing

  Arborvitae Leafminer creates needle tip dieback in Arborvitae, Cedar, Juniper, and other evergreens and fighting them organically means timing it right. Their larvae destroy needles from the inside out, feeding on them until they emerge as adults. Plants need those needles to collect energy and in many cases, provide privacy for your home. Right now for a short window …

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Winter Burn

After the long winter we’ve already almost forgotten, damage to our trees and shrubs is to be expected. Most of our landscapes have a similar “tanned” look right now as evergreens are still recovering from the harsh winter. 3 reasons for winter damage: Wind Desiccation – moisture loss due to transpiration Leaf Scorch – sun burn from reflective snow Salt …

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Cedar Oil: Organic Tick Control

Cedar oil is derived from the foliage of various types of conifers. It has many uses in medicine, art, industry, and perfumery, and has bactericidal and pesticidal effects. Ticks have been a concern for Long Islanders for a long time. For years, most tick control pesticide applicators used toxic chemicals to kill ticks. Unfortunately, those chemicals also killed off many beneficial …

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Earth Day: What Do Your Plants Do For You?

It’s Earth Day, the day we celebrate our beautiful environment and remember to protect it. At Usher Plant Care, protecting plants, trees, lawns, and our pets & families in an environmentally conscious, organically-minded way is exactly what we do every day. We’re thankful for our plants, they provide us with much of what we need. 1. food- Plants provide us …

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Tick Life Cycle & Feeding

Ticks go through 4 life stages: egg six-legged larva eight-legged nymph adult After hatching, ticks must eat a blood meal at every stage to survive. They can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life, as shown below: How ticks find their hosts: Ticks find their …

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Tick Season is Here. Protect Your Pets Organically.

Long Islanders reported an unusually high number of tick bites last year. Many pet owners noticed a marked increase in fleas and ticks on their cats and dogs. According to Cornell University, the rise was due to a long winter- snowfall insulates the overwintering ticks.   (Long winter… that sounds familiar- oh right it just snowed last week!) Unfortunately, this …

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Are your plants buried?

The thousands of inspections our Certified Arborists have done over the decades reveal to us one thing: A leading causes of dise-ease, insect damage or death is “buried” plants! Planting too deep or piling on too much mulch is a death sentence for trees. Knock it off! Sustainable plant care means looking out for the long-term health of your trees …

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