The Life Cycle of Spotted Lanternfly

The Life Cycle of Spotted Lanternfly

With the Spotted Lanternfly being found in Lancaster, one of the most important things for controlling them will be identifying them. This is especially important since the nymph stages (Instar stages) look so different than the adult stage. In fact, even the different nymph stages can look radically different from each other.


Using Trap Trees for Spotted Lanternfly Control

Using Trap Trees for Spotted Lanternfly Control

As we have been saying in the past few posts, the Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that has been a big issue and will continue to be so. More than that, we also covered that it will be an issue for everyone, not just those who have trees and gardens. And the reason for this is the honeydew that Spotted Lanternflies produce quickly turns to mold leaves a black residue. This residue can cover any number of things from the patio to your siding, even your car. (more…)

Removing Tree of Heaven for Spotted Lanternfly Control

Removing Tree of Heaven for Spotted Lanternfly Control

Spotted Lanternflies are considered to be a nuisance pest. For this reason, it is illegal to allow them to knowingly exist on your property. Failure to do so or to hire someone to do it for you can lead to the PA Department of Agriculture (PA-DOA) coming in, taking care of the issue, and charging the homeowner. Furthermore, the PA-DOA also mandates that the Spotted Lanternfly only be controlled through approved methods. And one of the of the best ways that the PA-DOA recommends to control the Spotted Lanternfly is through controlling the Spotted Lanternflies favorite plant, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).


5 Thoughts on Fall Decorating

5 Thoughts on Fall Decorating

Fall is one of the best times to decorate. There is just so much that you can do. Sure, spring is beautiful, but there are some of us that just have a sweet spot for fall.

And this is certainly understandable. Fall is just such a beautiful time. Whereas spring is full of greens and pastels and colors, fall brings solid earthy, colors like reds, yellows, and oranges.

If you are trying to decorate for fall consider these tips:

  1. Remember the standby items

    One of the most important things with fall decorating is to start with a good foundation and that foundation generally is best done with the standby items like mums/asters, kale/ornamental cabbage, and pumpkins. Get even 2 of these items and you are on the right track.

  2. Don’t forget about gourds

    Gourds are something that are often underated. There are just so many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Consider using several different types to add in to your displays or even to make an entire display.

  3. Straw Bales make a good base for displays

    Straw Bales say fall. Consider using some in your display to add to the fall look. You can get either small bales or full size.

  4. Corn shocks can be a nice touch

    Corn shocks are a nice touch in a corner or on posts. Consider putting them on porch posts or on your lampost.

  5. Consider using some non-traditional colors

    Although when we think of fall the first thing that we often think of is reds, oranges, and yellows, there is a place for other colors. Instead of using only orange pumkins, consider using white pumpkins, gray blue hubbard squash, or long, skinny neck pumkins.

Do you have any other thoughts on fall decorating? What do you do? Comment below!

Help! Why can’t I find Burning Bush?

Help! Why can’t I find Burning Bush?

One of the showiest fall plants is Burning Bush. Ask anyone on the street if they have ever heard of Burning Bush and they will probably know what you mean. They may know it as “Fire Bush.” But once you get past that, they will know what you mean. More than that, a lot of people would like to have one.


Replacements for Hemlock

Hemlock Trees

By Nicholas A. Tonelli from Northeast Pennsylvania, USA – East Branch Swamp Natural Area (6), CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Replacements for Hemlocks

In the last post, we went over the reason why hemlocks are hard to find, and in this post, we will go over some possible replacements for hemlock. And although I am doing this, don’t let this dissuade you. If you really want to grow a hemlock, then you should. You just need to be prepared to do the extra work of spraying if it comes to it. But if you do not want to hassle with it, there are plenty of other evergreens that you can grow instead.

Consider the evergreens in the following list: (more…)

Help! Why can’t I find Hemlock?

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Archive, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station / © / CC-BY-3.0-US

Help! Why Can’t I find Hemlock?

If you have been looking for hemlock, chances are that you have not been able to find them. But why this? Read on to find out!

Once hemlocks covered the east coast, but now they are few and far between. Sure, you can find spots where they do still grow in the wild, but not compared to what they once were. Why is this? A small insect called Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Here are 8 things to know about Hemlock Wooly Adelgid: (more…)