Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Forest health

Hi, I have watched trees disappear over the past 80 years. First the Chestnut blight, which was complete before I was born. Then the elm blight when I was young. ;Then I watched locust trees die along Rt 81. Now all kinds of trees seem to be dying. There are dead trees throughout the forests in Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties, the oaks in our forest have multiple dead branches. The hemlocks and certain other pines are dying. The weeping white birch is almost gone. A few years ago I noticed some maple leaves on trees along the road were turning upside down. Now lots of the leaves on the red maples in our yard are doing the same thing. I'm guessing the sun is too hot for them because of the thinning of the ozone layer??? Almost all of the mountain laurel in our woods have died completely. The only ones left are along the roads where they get sun. You may not be the department that can give me information on this - what is happening? is there anything being done? But could you forward it to the appropriate place? Thank you so much, Marilyn Lauffer


Luzerne County PA forestry trees and shrubs climate forests woodlands over 3 years ago

Streptomycin and Native Pollinators

Greetings. What, if any, effect has been observed on native pollinators (native to Pennsylvania and in this case specifically Northeastern Pennsylvania) of spraying Streptomycin for fire blight? Several publications I have seen reference spraying Streptomycin during pre-bloom and bloom when humidity is > 65%. Thank you.


Luzerne County PA bee health pollinators pesticide education horticulture over 5 years ago

Unknown pest

Have an odd question that hopefully you can point me in the direction of a identification, although it may be difficult. In my back yard in Swoyersville, Luzerne County, I came across a unknown pest. It hops like a flea and bites skin when in contact with humans. They are small, black and resemble a flea, however I think it may be a little too large to be a flea. The area where I found them is on a rock patio, near a grill. They "hop" rather than crawl, etc. Yesterday I preformed some remediation steps with pesticides, and noticed what looks like larva on the stones in the questionable area. The larva looks tan, with the resemblance of vermin droppings. Flea? or any other ideas? Thank you! -Jonathan


Luzerne County PA master gardener program garden pests about 5 years ago

No fruit on tomato plant

I bought a "Health Kick" tomato plant in Lancaster area and transplanted to a large ceramic pot in Wilkes-Barre area 2 months ago. In the past couple weeks I get yellow flowers and then they retreat and no yielding of Fruit - why is this?
I read it's a determinate tomato plant and to not remove any flowers or shoots from the stems, therefore I've left the plant alone. It gets sun for 8 hours and I water every other day.


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Luzerne County PA over 2 years ago

What causes disease in birch trees? This seems to be happening this season.

What causes disease in birch trees? This seems to be happening this season.


Luzerne County PA trees and shrubs tree health horticulture over 5 years ago

Can you tell me what kind of snake this is. It flattens it’s head out.

Can you tell me what kind of snake this is. It flattens it’s head out.



Luzerne County PA snake identification eastern hognose snake snakes of pennsylvania heterodon platirhinos 6 months ago

aquatic plants

We are planning to plant aquatic plant plugs in our pond in NE PA. We have ducks - mallards and white domestic- in our pond (100' in diameter and about 4' deep) and we are planning to plant aquatic plugs next spring/summer. In May we usually have 5 to 10 Canada geese stop by for about a week. My question is: How do we protect the plugs during the first season before they have time to root in the soil of the pond. The majority of the plugs will be placed in the water, at a 2" to 12" depth. Two suppliers recommended using nylon mesh with 1" X 1" openings, but one person is concerned that our ducks will get tangled, etc., in it. So 2 questions: 1. Do we need to protect the plugs from the ducks/geese. 2. What is the least expensive way to do it? Also: 1. Are these plants so invasive that we shouldn't use them: yellow iris, pickerel weed, and lizard's tail. Note: we want a minimum amount of maintenance. 2. Can you give us a list of about 10 aquatic plants that are low maintenance and prefer sun or part shade? 3. What plants do you suggest for the muddy shore that has sun at least half a day? 4. To get a "natural" look, what is the maximum amount of different plants we should use in one group? 5. Should we use cardinal and turtlehead plants? 6. Which is better for a pond: diffusers (aerators at bottom of pond) or a fountain? Over a ten year period, which is less expensive counting initial cost, cost of electricity and maintenance and repairs. Assume we will hire a contractor to do all of this. 7. Considering that we have a Habitat Enhancement Project, what plants do you recommend?


Luzerne County PA about 6 years ago

Possible bagworms on arborvitae

Hello: I'm not sure if they are actually bagworms (I haven't seen any bags hanging) but something is eating my arborvitae plants. I just noticed that foliage was starting to disappear at the end of May, which leads me to believe it may be bagworms. The foliage is missing on the bottom area of the plant. It started on one plant and is spreading. The plants aren't anywhere near dead, so I need to find a solution soon. Can you recommend a certain pesticide? Thanks!! Robin Goman


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Luzerne County PA over 4 years ago

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