Good soil is one of the essentials of a good lawn or garden. Doing a soil test is a simple and inexpensive way to improve your landscape. You can obtain a test kit through your county extension office or the Penn State University Department of Agriculture.
For optimal plant growth, soil must also have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement of 7.0 is neutral. A number below 7 is acidic (sour) and above 7 is alkaline (sweet). Soil pH will determine a plant’s ability to obtain nutrients from the soil. A soil test will inform you how to adjust your soil's pH level. Moon Brothers Landscaping offers collection and submission services using the PSU analysis lab.
The insect pictured is a Lace Bug. The insects in this family generally live and feed on the underside of leaves and they are active now.
Here in central PA the azalea lace bug will cause a stippling or chlorotic appearance (pictured) on azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) and pieras.
Maintaining healthy plants with proper watering, fertilizing and location selection... (when planting) will help reduce plant stress and subsequent damage potential. As with red spider mites a hard jet of water from a garden hose directed unto the undersides of the leaves can assist in the control but will probably not succeed in total eradication. Spring is the best time to control the first or second generation of lace bugs with insecticides. Insecticidal soap or horticultural oil treatments are also early in the year.
Outdoor "rooms" or "living spaces" have been fundamental terms used by landscape professionals for years. Recently however, the concept has grown in popularity among homeowners. Amid the growing costs associated with travel and vacationing away from home many homeowners are re-directing their resources to create new comfortable and useful spaces at their residence. Many of these spaces offer a full range of kitchen amenities including grills, sinks, refrigeration, food preparation and serving areas, and even wood fired pizza ovens. Outdoor fireplaces and firepits offered in wood or gas are being incorporated into many of these landscape projects. Here are a couple of ideas that may spark your imagination.
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