How to Identify Scale on Plants

How Can I Identify Scale on Plants and What to Do About Them? 

It can be tricky to identify scale as the cause of your plant’s deterioration because there is generally no movement throughout a scale insect’s life cycle. If you suspect scale, the best thing to look for is unusual bumpy growth on the stems and undersides of the leaves. Brown shell-like scale can indicate an infestation. You might also see evidence of a sticky substance called honeydew or sooty mold. Ants might also appear on these plants as they are attracted to the honeydew.


Pruning Boxwoods

How to Prune Boxwoods 

Boxwoods are beautiful shrubs which can enhance and beautify your landscape. Often used as a hedge, they can form a screen against unsightly views. Like most shrubs, boxwoods need dead or crossed branches cleaned out and removed, as they can restrict healthy growth. 


Newly Planted Trees - Strategies for Survival

How Do I Keep Newly Planted Trees Alive? 

Caroline R. from New Kent asked, “I just planted a new tree this summer, what is the best way to keep it alive?” 

Hundreds of thousands of trees are planted along city and community streets and on other public property throughout the United States each year. Unfortunately, many of these trees, perhaps 50 percent or more, do not survive beyond one or two years. Why? 


Blooming Cherry Trees

Almost everyone can agree, you know its spring once you see the cherry tree blooms. 

What are different types of Cherry trees?  

There are a couple of types of flowering Cherry trees, but the most common type is the Yoshino. The Prunus serrulata or Yoshino Flowering Cherry Tree is widely used as an ornamental tree; valued for its abundance of soft, pink flowers in spring. The tree is a native of Japan and was introduced in the states around 1902. This tree loves full sunlight and grows rapidly when planted in a spot that offers favorable conditions. 


The Benefits of Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Why should I fertilize my trees and shrubs?  

Tree and shrub fertilization can stimulate growth and maintain vigor. Most soils not disturbed by construction have plenty of nutrients to help with plant growth. The factors causing most tree and shrub problems are not nutritional but heavy clay soils, poor drainage, and incorrect planting. Since most urban environments have been disturbed by construction, and the natural cycling of nutrients is disrupted by leaf removal, there is a need to add nutrients back to the soil for tree and shrub use.  


Virginia Green Seed

A great lawn begins with great seed and choosing the right seed is important to your lawn’s success. For customers who wish to tackle aeration and seeding on their own, Virginia Green is selling our own proprietary seed blend. Our quality seed comes directly from our suppliers in Oregon which is 100% weed free and contains no other crop seeds. Our proprietary blend is comprised of two different fescue varieties – 97% of Tall Fescue and 3% of Kentucky Bluegrass. 


Seeding in the Spring

If you were thinking to seeding your lawn in the Spring, then think again. You should instead consider either saving your money or grabbing some new plant material and mulch, those can improve any landscape.  Leave the grass seed at the store until the Fall and save your money.  Seed isn’t exactly the cheapest thing money can buy and seeding in the Spring has little to no effect, so we suggest being patient and waiting it out until the fall.

Watering After Aeration & Seeding

A beautiful Tall Fescue lawn has several important maintenance requirements. At the top of the list is aerating and seeding. This consists of double-core aeration of the lawn to allow nutrients, water, and oxygen to penetrate deep into the soil. Then seeding the lawn twice with a premium, turf type Tall Fescue blend. Yet the work does not end there. 

Do I water my lawn after aerating and seeding? 

Yes! Watering consistently following aeration and seeding is the difference between success and failure. Here are some tips for proper watering: