Thursday, October 10, 2019

Combatting Fall Cankerworms

Though trees seem solid and resilient, trees can succumb to a number of pests. From aphids to southern pine beetles, pests can weaken trees and destroy entire gardens. Shrubs and trees in an urban environment are particularly vulnerable to pests and diseases. Perhaps one of the most underrated, yet most destructive, pests is the fall cankerworm.


What are cankerworms?

Fall cankerworms (also known as looper worms) get their name from their life cycle. Having been laid in the fall, their eggs hatch in late spring. This pest immediately starts devouring buds and young leaves, transforming trees into wooden skeletons.

Warning signs of fall cankerworms

Fall cankerworms will first start dropping onto your car, patio table, or sidewalk. If you spot green-brownish worms with stripes on their backs, watch out. These worms eat the foliage of maple, hickory, and other hardwood trees. If you notice leaves getting holes and ragged edges, then it’s possible the fall cankerworm pest has hit your trees.

How fall cankerworms can harm trees

Fall cankerworms don’t just make your trees look ugly by devouring their leaves and buds. These worms rob trees of their energy sources and vitality. Without leaves—where photosynthesis happens—trees will starve. As a result, your trees will become weak and vulnerable to disease.

How to get rid of fall cankerworms

Call the professionals if fall cankerworms have infested your trees and shrubs. Our most effective method to prevent fall cankerworm pests at Schneider Shrub and Tree Care consists in tree banding. We wrap bands covered with a sticky substance around tree trunks. The sticky bands trap moths when they’re climbing up to lay their eggs.

Aside from periodic checks to ensure the bands remain debris-free, this method costs less than using insecticide, which requires multiple applications each week.

Insect pests like fall cankerworms aren’t the only things that can pose a threat to the health of your shrubs and trees. Diseases and malnutrition can harm your shrubs and trees just as much as an army of ravenous fall cankerworms. Schneider Shrub and Tree Care offers a three-tier healthcare program that’ll help your plants resist pests and thrive for years to come.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Top 5 Shrub & Tree Care Services in the Upstate

Your shrubs and trees are the most valuable part of your landscaping, so it only makes sense to hire only the best tree care professionals. We’ve rounded up the top five shrub and tree care companies in Upstate South Carolina.


Smith Tree Service LLC offers the full range of tree services. Not only do they diagnose and treat shrub and tree pests and diseases, they also offer pruning and tree removal services. They have been in business since 2002 and have built a glowing reputation for themselves. Their average rating is 5 stars on Google and 4.9 stars on HomeAdvisor.com.


Plant and Tree Solutions is a horticultural consulting and plant health care company. They are ISA Certified Arborists who are equipped to care for all the plants in your residential or commercial landscaping. Additionally, they offer organic mosquito and biting insect control. Andrew Long, the owner and operator, has over 18 years of arboriculture and horticulture business experience. They average 4.7 stars on Google and 5 stars on Facebook.


Greentree Doctor is 30 years strong in the shrub and tree care industry! They have a 5-tier treatment program that carefully diagnoses, treats, and monitors shrub and tree health. The founder, Randy Cyr, is the Upstate’s first board certified Master Arborist. His mindset of “responsible arboriculture” has set Greentree’s services apart from other shrub and tree care companies. They have an average rating of 4.9 on Google.


Arbor Master Tree Care is another full service shrub and tree care company that has been serving the Upstate since 2007. They offer both tree preservation and removal services so that you don’t have to worry about finding another company to get the service you need. They also offer mosquito and pest control. Arbor Master focuses on tree preservation and strive to save a tree if possible instead of just cutting it down. They have high ratings on Google (4.7 stars), Facebook (4.6), and Angie’s List (A rating).


The City Arborist offers full tree and shrub service, including pest and disease control, pruning, removal, lightning protection, hazard assessments, and tree lighting installation. Shrubs and trees in an urban environment are at a higher risk for pests, disease. Increased environmental stressors like pollution, construction, and soil compaction require that your trees and shrubs receive specialized care. The City Arborist team specializes in helping urban landscapes thrive despite multiple stressors. They have excellent ratings on Google (4.6 stars), Facebook (5 stars), Thumbtack (5 stars), and Better Business Bureau (A+).


Do you have experience working with any of these shrub and tree care companies? Are there any companies you think should be included on this list? Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

4 Things to Remember About Poison Ivy

Poison ivy--a common yard fiend. If you’ve done a lot of yard work, you’ve probably encountered poison ivy. And maybe you’ve even suffered a rash despite your best efforts to avoid it! Here are four things to remember as you look out for poison ivy in your yard:


1. Poison ivy takes different forms.

People typically think of looking for poison ivy near the ground, but did you know it can also grow as a vine on your trees or even in a shrub-like form?

2. Protect yourself from poison ivy exposure.

Wear long sleeves, long pants, and heavy-duty gloves that can either be disposed of or thrown into the wash immediately. When pulling up poison ivy by hand, encase your gloved hand in a plastic bag. Be aware that even dead poison ivy can affect you.


3. Never burn poison ivy.

Burning poison ivy releases its toxins in the air, which will cause the rash to form in the lining of your lungs! That’s even worse than a rash on the outside of your body!

4. Wash all yard tools thoroughly.

Wash any tools like pruners or spades very thoroughly with soap and water after using them around poison ivy. This will help prevent spreading the poison.

But don’t just spray poison ivy killer all over your yard!

You might feel more comfortable spraying the poison ivy with chemical herbicides instead of pulling it up by hand and risking a rash. But be careful! Poison ivy killer can also kill the plants you want to keep--including your shrubs and trees! Some poison ivy can even climb high into your trees, causing removal to be much more complicated.

Do you have poison ivy taking over part of your yard or even some of your shrubs or trees? Are you nervous about removing poison ivy yourself and even risking the health of your other plants? Give Schneider Shrub & Tree Care a call at 844-260-0303, and we’ll be glad to help you take back your yard from poison ivy.