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Pests & Diseases Alert

Watch out for them on your landscape...

Unfortunately, the invasive pests outlined here remain in the forefront and are developing concerns. Please call your local branch office if you see them on your property.

Spotted Lanternfly typically infests plants in very large numbers and sucks the sap from stems and leaves. This results in weakening the plant or tree and making it susceptible to other pests and diseases. The insect is a significant threat to a wide range of...

Spotted Lanternfly

Dutch Elm Disease

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Emerald Ash Borer

Jumping Worms

Beech Leaf Disease

In This Issue:

Arbor Day Events

After limiting our events for the past 2 years because of Covid, we once again participated in several Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our arborists and crew planted several trees and gave out 100s of tree saplings.... (more)


Expos, Conferences and Events

Almstead’s New Jersey Branch Manager, Ryan Duff, and arborists Oscar Winfrey and Jon Olsz were at the NJ Co-Op Expo at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus. We are a one-stop solution for property managers of co-ops, condos and HOAs. (more)

Almstead Renews Its TCIA Accreditation

Almstead recently underwent an extensive review of practices and was awarded a renewal of its accreditation by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). The process is the most stringent and reputable in the tree care industry. (more)

Cornell Webinar Presentation

Ken Almstead was the presenter of a webinar via Zoom titled, “Learning the Basics of Tree Care” — geared specifically for condo, co-op, and HOA board members and to give them an idea of how to find a provider. It was part of a lecture series organized by Cornell University. (more)

Mature Tree Preservation

Well-preserved mature trees add irreplaceable value to any property. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, mature trees also absorb carbon dioxide, odors and pollutant gases, provide oxygen, prevent erosion of soil, and cool the landscape. Many trees are capable of long outliving us... (more)

The Benefits of Mulch

If applied correctly, mulch can be very beneficial to your landscape. Mulch is material that is laid over the surface of the soil to help retain moisture in the soil, provide nutrients, suppress weeds, protect against extreme temperatures, and make the landscape look more attractive... (more)

Places to Visit: Wave Hill Public Garden

Wave Hill is a public horticultural garden and a cultural center situated on the slopes overlooking the Hudson River with expansive views across the river to the New Jersey Palisades. Its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places... (more)

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Letter from the CEO

For me, the most exciting part of this year so far has been all the Arbor Day celebrations we participated in again — after limiting our activities for the past two years because of Covid. We went back to our usual events during Arbor Week in our communities with tree climbing stations for kids, tree plantings, presentations in schools and other local organizations as well as giving out hundreds of tree saplings... (more)

Tick & Mosquito Alert

Ticks and mosquitoes are much more than a mere annoyance. They can also transmit several serious illnesses. Almstead provides safe and effective tick and mosquito control for your property. We offer a range of treatment options, including organic programs. Our arborists and technicians are licensed experts in tick and mosquito control and understand how to make your property less hospitable to these dangerous insects. Click here for more information. (more)

Fall Lawn Care Services: Enjoy a Beautiful Lawn in 2023

Fall will be here soon! The heat and drought of summer is very challenging for lawns in our region — making them more susceptible to fungus, root pathogens and brown grass (early dormancy). A cold winter can result in further damage to your lawn. If you have our Lawn Care Program you are well on your way to having a great lawn next year.... (more)

Trees to Consider:

Crimson Queen

Crimson Queen is a a variation of the standard Japanese Maple and one of the prettiest of the “dwarf” trees. It can be a good fall foliage tree as it keeps its bright-red leaves into winter. They are commonly used for landscaping purposes not only because of the beautiful leaves but also because it will fit into much smaller spaces than other maple trees. It grows only to about 10 feet tall compared to other types of maples that can be up to 100 feet.... (more)

Almstead is pleased to introduce a wonderful book called “A Habit of Seeing: Journeys in Natural Science” by our client, Sura Jeselsohn. In it, the author routinely marvels at the hidden wonders of the natural environment, spectacles that can be enjoyed without the fuss of exotic travel. She recounts adventures big and small in encountering the ecological gems hiding in plain sight. Kirkus Review calls the book, “A lucidly informative tour of the natural world’s astonishing complexity, cheerfully conveyed.”


Please support her by purchasing a copy. It is available on Amazon and other online book stores. Read Sura’s blog on nature at

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: A Habit of Seeing by Sura Jeselsohn



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