Emerald Ash Borer – What is it and how do deal with it

Emerald Ash Borer

The Maryland area has been hard hit by the nasty pest. One minute you have a tree that provides lots of quality shade for the yard or patio and when you’re not looking the tree becomes sick and thin.

The emerald ash borer is spreading fast throughout our area attacking ash trees hard. There are several species of Ash trees and the emerald ash borer likes them all!

The emerald ash borer is a beetle that is native to northern Asia and is thought to have originally traveled to the United States in shipping materials such as wooden pallets. The only known predator is the woodpecker which seems to prefer to feed on the larvae stage of the insects.

The emerald ash borer causes damage to the ash trees when it is in its larvae stage. They feed on the cambium layer of the tree which is just below the bark. It eats away creating “S” shaped patterns on the tree. This destruction of the trees cambium layer prevents nutrients and moisture and will cause the tree to lose leaves. When the larvae complete a circle around the tree it will cut off the nutrition and water from reaching the trees leaves and the tree will die.

Carefully inspect any ash trees for signs of the emerald ash borer. You will see small “D” shaped holes in the bark. The insect is bright jewel green colored. Take note if the trees leaves are thinning or falling off.  If the tree is heavily infested and you notice that 30% or more of the trees canopy has declined the tree is most likely beyond saving.

What can you do if your ash tree is infested with the emerald ash borer? You don’t have many options… if you do nothing the tree will die. The sooner you notice the infestation the better the chance of treating the insect. Treatment is a soil-applied insecticide which is applied around the base and absorbed by the tree through the root system. The insecticide travels throughout the tree killing the emerald ash borer.

On larger trees, it may be required to inject the insecticide into the tree itself. The insecticide does break down so this may necessitate repeated applications annually to protect the tree. The only other solution is to cut the tree down, which in many cases is not what anyone really wants to do but if the infestation is large there is no other option.

If you need help with your ash trees contact a professional landscape company who will know how to properly identify the problem and help you address it accordingly.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.

Spruce Up Your Commercial Landscaping in Maryland

Spruce Up Commercial Landscaping

Looking to enhance your commercial property to improve safety and overall experience for visitors? When you are considering your commercial landscape possibilities you should ask “How do people spend time outdoors on our grounds? And what can we add to the landscape to make it more inviting and comfortable?” It’s never too late to improve the landscape. Summer has just started and you have the entire growing season to enhance the landscape. Formulate a plan with your landscape professional. An experienced seasoned landscape company is able to help you analyze your property and provide workable meaningful landscape ideas.

Tips to hit the high points!

  • Signage is important, improve its appearance for all to see!
  • Replace any unhealthy-looking plants with plants native to Maryland
  • Add color and texture to your landscape
  • Do you provide seating? Think about adding seating or landscaping around your seating area with in ground plants or planters.
  • Check for safety aspects of your space. Add lighting and remove any possible trip hazards.

Every commercial landscape is different and it takes a keen eye and experience to formulate a design that is inviting and pleasing to visitors. Work with a professional landscaper to ensure your commercial landscape is welcoming!


Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD

Watering Plants, Lawns, Trees and Shrubs

Watering plants lawns trees and shrubs

Plants rely on water but when should you do it? The most important thing to know is to pay attention to the conditions. The problem is that there are no specific rules for watering. It will depend on the type of plants, the soil conditions, weather, time of year and if the plants are established or newly planted.

When watering it is best to water slowly to allow the water to absorb into the earth. Water only when needed so it’s important to watch automatic timers and drip system carefully when rainfall is abundant. Too much water will cause root rot which is just as damaging to plants as not enough water.

It is a good idea to water in the mornings. This gives time for the moisture on the leaves of the plants to dry out before the heat of the sun causes the water on the leaves to heat up and burn the leaves. Watering at night can bring on diseases and fungus.  Water deeply and thoroughly when watering.  Heavy watering, as opposed to frequent watering, is best.  Unless the lawn is newly seeded or sodded frequent watering will not be needed. Lawns and annuals concentrate their roots in the top 6” of the soil, for shrubs and trees, it’s the top 12”. If you not sure how well you are watering use a shovel and dig down and check the moisture level of the soil. 

Make use of today’s watering devices. Automated sprinkler systems come with an array of sprinkler heads to get the job done right for different locations and watering needs. Soaker hoses have their place for precise watering. If your old school a simple yard sprinkler will work fine as well.

If you’re not sure about your watering simply ask a professional landscaper. It’s what we do and our landscape experts will provide you with the right instructions for your landscape!

 


 

Residential Landscaping & Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD

Landscape Solutions for Problem Areas

It is not uncommon to have issues in your yard that can be difficult and challenging to overcome. Too much sun, too much shade, no focal point, a steep slope or hill and a host of other problems that plague homeowner’s yards.

An experienced landscaper is trained in solving these issues and can provide a solution for your particular landscape problem. Bring color and texture to any outdoor space and many times you solve the blah look. The right mix of grass, flowers, natural stone walls or patios and shade trees can improve the overall look and feel of any yard.

Getting it right the first time is key… no one wants to re-do or start a landscape project over a second time. Therefore, it is key to carefully plan your landscape project and work with your landscape professional on how to proceed. The right choices of plants, shrubs, and flowers coupled with easy to maintain features make a big difference down the road.

Common problems may include:

  • How to utilize a small yard to its best advantage
  • Creating privacy in your yard using fences, privacy screens, trees, shrubs and other plants.
  • Tackling a steep slope problem or hillside in a yard
  • How to deal with unwanted noises
  • Solutions for shading areas in the yard that get too much sun or bringing more sun to areas that have too much shade.
  • How to break up large yards with bold trees and layering plantings
  • How to deal with water drainage problems

No matter what type of yard or landscape area you have American Landscape Inc. has the experience and know how to create a beautiful functional solution. We have over 42 years’ experience. We help homeowners as well as commercial businesses and property management groups in Maryland and Washington D.C.

Residential Landscaping & Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD

Planting Plants that Help Pollinators

Pollinators

Everyone enjoys the beauty of flowers in our gardens and common areas around commercial spaces. Planting native plants not only adds beauty it is especially important for pollinators. From large plantings to small backyard gardens every flower makes a difference. Pollinators are important to our ecosystems and produce natural resources by helping plants reproduce., Without pollinators our agricultural economies, food supplies, and landscapes would collapse since 75% to 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. 

What is Pollination?

Pollination is when a pollen grain is transferred from the “anther” or the male part of a flower to the “stigma” the female part of the plant. This first step in pollination can occur with wind and water but also occurs when animals and insects travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies.

Pollinators

Bees, birds, butterflies, bats, flies, beetles, wasps, and small mammals are popular pollinators. These pollinators travel from flower to flower transferring pollen.

Helping Pollinators with your Landscape Areas

Adding natural local plants and flowers into your landscape helps the entire ecosystem. By adding flowering plants to your landscape, you can help the world’s pollinator’s. Discuss your concerns with your landscaper about supporting natures pollinators. A skilled landscaper will be able to help you select the right flowering plants that not only will enhance your landscape areas but will provide a real resource to your local ecosystem. Native pollinators adapt to local native plants and flowers best which often require less water than ornamentals. Don’t be afraid of bees. Most bees will avoid stinging and use that behavior only for self-defense. Did you know male bees do not sting? Every flower counts, so don’t discount the fact that your landscape space can make a difference.


Residential Landscaping & Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net 

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD

Lawn Care in Maryland

Maryland Lawn Care

Lawn areas are generally the largest areas of your home or businesses landscape. It is that beautiful green framework for flower beds, walkways, patios, and courtyards. A healthy, properly maintained lawn prevents soil erosion and provides a nice pleasant view and resilient area for recreation and activities.

Maintaining this key area of your landscape requires a professional touch. Keeping your lawn or grassy area functional and aesthetically pleasing is important but this takes more than just bags of fertilizer. A skilled landscaper will inspect your lawn, take a soil sample, and help you determine the proper type of grass that will thrive in your landscape area. There are grasses that do better in full sun compared to shady areas and a professional landscaper will provide you with the right choices and mixes. 

Irrigation

Another key to having a winning lawn is irrigation. Watering properly and drainage can make or break a lawn. Newly established lawns should be watered during our long hot summers. Healthy established lawns will tolerate the long hot summers and bounce back when cooler temperatures and rain return.  Experienced landscapers can provide you with the advice for your situation.

Mowing

Mowing the grass is the single most important aspect that many people disregard and shouldn’t take lightly. Did you know that leaving the grass a little longer, 3-4”, when mowing can reduce the need for water consumption and will reduce weed growth? Cutting with sharp lawn mower blades can affect the overall look of a lawn also. Hiring a landscaper that provides a mowing maintenance program will ensure the grass in your landscape is always the proper height to provide a healthier lawn. Without a regular mowing plan, the grass can grow too long and when cut can actually harm the grass. Proper height and a regular schedule will produce a beautiful lawn.  A professional landscaper will change the direction the lawn is cut each week to keep your lawn looking nice.

Feeding & Lawn Fertilization

Many people think fertilizing a lawn is something that will simply “Green Up” the grass. This is not the case and fertilizing a lawn is tricky business. Generally, a company licensed to apply fertilizer will recommend a regiment of three treatments per year in the Maryland area. Each treatment will be based on a soil analysis which will be taken every three years as required by the Nutrient Management Law.  It is important that your landscaper is adhering to the local laws and regulations.

Producing a beautiful lawn requires careful planning and a good knowledge of the right grass types for your lawn. A proper lawn program for maintenance and lawn repair is also important. A professional lawn landscaping company many times will save you hours and hours of time, headaches and money.


Residential Landscaping & Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net 

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD