If you’ve noticed small holes in the leaves of your oak tree this season, it may be due to a pest called the Oak Shothole Leafminer (Japanagromyza viridula). While this pest, which is actually a small fly, is native to New Jersey and has natural predators, there are occasionally large outbreaks that can lead to widespread oak tree damage. The fly is becoming more common throughout New Jersey and the New Jersey DEP is currently tracking outbreaks of the pest. What exactly is the Shothole Leafminer, and how does it affect oak trees? Read on to find out!
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The NJ Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most urban neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of
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Our Fall volunteer tree planting schedule is live! We are currently limiting volunteers for each event. The number next to the event is the maximum number of people we can allow to attend. Please email or call Crystal or Meredith to RSVP yourself or your group, and carefully read our safety measures for this fall.Read more
If you’re involved in the world of trees and horticulture, you may have heard the word ‘food forest’ tossed around recently. Many areas of the country, including 134 locations in New Jersey, are considered ‘food deserts’ – places where at least 30% of the population is one mile or more away from a supermarket or place to purchase fresh food. Food forests have become increasingly popular as a solution to food deserts and insecurity, and come with a slew of environmental benefits as well. So, what exactly is a food forest? Read on to find out!Read more