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THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM by Scott Diffenderfer – Board Certified Master Arborist In landscape trees, abnormal root systems often develop through planting or cultural practices. For this reason, care in planting and plant choice is important to assure successful tree growth. Planting practices such as deep planting, narrow planting holes, deep mulching (referred to… Read more »

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by Scott Diffenderfer Why are my tree’s leaves turning brown in late summer? Bacterial Leaf Scorch (Xylella fastidiosa) may be to blame. A disease of deciduous trees in Maryland and Virginia, it affects a large number of shade trees. These include elm, catalpa, hackberry, gingko, oak, sycamore, maple, mulberry, and sweetgum.  Most cases of Bacterial Leaf… Read more »

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Maryland weather can be quite changeable and unpredictable due to a number of factors. Proximity to large bodies of water like the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay; the mountains in the western part of the state; and a location that exposes us to wind and cold from the north, moisture heavy systems coming up… Read more »