Category Archives: Trees

Eddie’s Corner: Problems With Leyland Cypress

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 9, 2015

trees-leyland-cypressLeyland cypress is a popular, fast growing hedge or border tree reaching heights of 50 to 100 feet and widths of 20 to 30 feet. Though Leyland cypress originally appeared pest resistant, problems have recently become apparent. Over use of this plant, improper site selection, improper planting, and stressful weather conditions have led to two disease problems.  They are cankers and root rot.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Planting Trees in the Dead of Winter is Okay

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, Winter 2014

Planting TreeIf you just can’t wait to plant that special landscape tree, why wait? In Georgia, the dead of winter isn’t all that dead. We have such great root weather that roots really don’t have a dormant period here.

If you are planning to plant a tree this winter, take a lesson from commercial foresters. In January and February, they’re busy planting pines across countless Georgia acres. Why don’t they wait until spring? Because there’s much more harm in waiting too long than in planting too early. Roots are active and growing in a lot colder soil than you may think.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: What Is That Web In My Trees?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, September 1, 2014

Fall webwormsAs the days get shorter and shorter, the appearance of webbing in trees around the county becomes more prominent. The webbing is home to a caterpillar called the fall webworm. They use the silk webbing to form protection from predators as it feeds on leaves of over 100 different types of trees. Some of the most common trees we see them infest are cherry, black walnut, mulberry, elm, sweet gum, willow, apple, ash, and oak. It is a native insect that ranges from Canada to Mexico. The sign of fall webworms in a tree are relatively easy to spot. They will create a nest at the end of branches, and as they need more leaves, they expand the size of the nest to meet their needs.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Alien Leaf Galls

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, September 1, 2014

Leaf GallSeveral unusual leaf samples have been delivered to the office this spring. The leaves have horns or tubes sticking out of them. Even though you may see odd or strange leaf colors, they are still productive and will stay on the plant for a long time. At first glance it looks like a possible invasion by a new alien plant or disease, but in reality it’s just an insect.  Continue reading