Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been attacking ash trees throughout various areas of the state since 2014, when it was first discovered in NJ. Since then, it has spread through all counties of the state. EAB kills ash trees by damaging the vascular system. This prevents movement of water and nutrients through the tree. While […]

We’ve been receiving calls over the past couple days from clients concerned about trees that are losing leaves. When we’ve visited the sites, we found leaves on the ground with varying sizes of orange rusty blotches where the leaf is distorted. The orange areas are fruiting bodies of the fungus that causes rust diseases.  Rust is a fungal disease, most easily identified by the […]

Boxwood blight is a serious disease of boxwoods and was found in North America in 2011. Infected plants start out showing black leaf spots, progressing to browning leaves and eventual defoliation. We recently received calls asking us to come out and inspect boxwoods that were not looking well. We have since confirmed boxwood blight on […]

Oak wilt is a disease that affects all oak trees, however red oaks (with pointed leaf tips) are the most susceptible. The disease is caused by a fungus that develops in the water-carrying cells of the trees and block the flow of water and nutrients from the roots to the crown. This blockage usually causes […]

In late summer of 2014, we began to notice some oaks on our clients’ properties that were turning brown earlier than normal. The symptoms appeared similar to drought stress or early fall color. A laboratory analysis detected the presence of Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS). BLS is a bacterial disease that causes drought-like symptoms in the […]

New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials confirmed that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in Somerset County. Samples were confirmed by the US Dept. of Agriculture. The adult emerald ash borer is a metallic green insect about one-half inch long and one-eighth inch wide, […]

In the past couple weeks we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying temperatures in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. After a mild winter, spring seemed to be here. Grass was growing and all of the flowery signs of spring were out in full force. Beautiful magnolias, flowering cherries, flowering pears along with fruit trees were putting on a […]

In 2002 in New Jersey, the Asian Longhorned Beetle was discovered. That discovery could have brought devastation to thousands of hardwood trees in New Jersey if the Department of Agriculture had not reacted quickly and effectively. The local communities that were affected by the infestation of this nonnative species had to aggressively eliminate the host trees […]

Peters Todd’s provides expert tree care services throughout the state of New Jersey as well as select areas in the state of New York (including all 5 boroughs in New York City). Our tree care services include everything from Tree Removal to Specimen Tree Installation, Tree and Shrub Pruning, Pest Management and Fertilization. We also […]