Spotted Lanternfly

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

The Spotted Lanternfly

It is a destructive, invasive plant hopper that attacks many hosts including grapes, apples, stone fruits, walnut, willow, and tree of heaven.  It has been confirmed in New Castle County.  We are the second state to have found the insect, which was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014.


Susceptible tree species such as tree of heaven, walnut and willow might develop weeping wounds, leaving a grey or black trail along the trunk.  In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, and vehicles.  Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering.


Benefits of Dormant Pruning

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

Like most people you are probably thinking, “what in the world is dormant pruning?” Dormant pruning is the practice of pruning trees and shrubs over the winter months when the plants are dormant.  There are many benefits to this type of pruning and deciduous trees and shrubs respond well.

Without all the leaves in the way, you can see what you’re doing. The structure of your tree or shrub’s branches is obvious, and easy to follow as you cut.
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Fresh pruning cuts typically heal faster during dormant season and are less likely to attract disease-carrying insects.

Most deciduous trees and shrubs can be pruned in winter, as soon as they go dormant.
But don’t touch those evergreens: For the most part, they should be pruned during the growing season, since they never become fully dormant.

Creating Privacy for your Backyard

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

Typically when you think of privacy for your backyard you think of a tall fence or a wall of green using leyland cypress trees or arborvitae.  A great way to break up that wall is to add some shrubs that will give you some more color and different shades of green throughout the seasons.  Add some curves to the flower beds and you will get some more room to add perennials or annuals for some extra color.

Great Natural Screening Trees:

  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Norwegian Spruce
  • River Birch
  • White Pine
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Serviceberry

Shrubs to add to the mix:

  • Itea
  • Clethera
  • Winterberry
  • Hydrangea

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Transplant Stress

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

Fall is one of the best times to plant new trees.  Cool season planting allows for good root development, as long as there is adequate moisture.  There may be less stress from heat and drought in cool conditions.  Woody trees and shrubs may take as long as 3 years to recover from transplanting and become established.

When trees and shrubs are moved from one planting site to another, or out of containers into the landscape, they experience stress that may affect root establishment.  Stress may be the effect of handling, wounding, poor site selection, poor site preparation, or poor soils, and transplant shock may occur.  Plants that suffer transplant shock may show dieback, wilt, marginal scorch, chlorosis, small leaves, leaf drop, suckers or water spouts, slow growth, or die.

When transplanting trees you can add watering bags to help you get the correct amount of water to the trees.



(Information from University of Delaware Cooperative Extension)

Phyllosticta Leaf Spot

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

PHYLLOSTICTA LEAF SPOT, sometimes called frogeye leaf spot, is caused by the fungus Phyllosticta minima, and is common on red, silver, Norway, and sugar maple species. Round spots or lesions will appear on the leaves, usually in the lower third of the tree where there is more moisture. Leaf spot disease is more severe in rainy seasons. Most trees are able to tolerate the disease but measures can be taken to prevent further spread of infection. Avoid excessive water on the tree and rake up leaves that fall. In rare severe cases, fungicides can be used in the spring.


Info from University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

2017 DNLA Plants of the Year

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

‘Standing Ovation’ little bluestem is a warm season grass with blue-green spikey stems and leaves.  Fluffy, seed clusters appear in late summer/fall.  In fall, little bluestem turns an apricot color that brightens the winter landscape.  ‘Standing Ovation’ with its sturdy habit and excellent fall color makes a good accent or mass planting in a perennial or shrub border.  Cut back in early spring to make room for new emerging leaves.


Bald Cypress is a pyramidal, deciduous conifer that grows 50-70 feet tall.  It thrives in average to wet soils, preferring sandy soils, but tolerating anything from dry conditions to standing water.  Soft, yellow-green needles turn an attractive orange/cinnamon-brown in fall.  Purplish green cones mature to brown.  Bald Cypress is a striking specimen tree for a variety of large areas since it tolerates a wide range of conditions.


Bailey’s awarded Top Landscape Installation in Delaware

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

This past January we were awarded the Top landscape award in Delaware.  We take a lot of pride in winning this award because it is judged by others in our industry.  All of the materials used are Techo-Bloc.  The project took about 3 months from start to finish.  Thanks to all of our great suppliers and team members we knocked this one out of the park.dnla-award


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Why Mulch?

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

First of all mulch looks good!  Mulch gives your landscaping a clean look that highlights your plants and flowers.

Trees and shrubs love a fresh coat of mulch.  Not only because it looks good but it helps your plants retain moisture, blocks the intense sun in turn cooling the soil and making it a better place for your plants.  The mulch holds the water allowing it to be absorbed into the soil as opposed to running off or drying up.

Proper application is key to getting all of the benefits of mulch.  You should apply 2-3″ of mulch to the flower beds making sure not to pile it high around the base of the plants.  To keep the weeds down throughout the season make sure to apply a pre-emergent to the flower beds every 2-3 months.

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Great Partners – Absolute Lawn Care

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping


You have probably always wondered why your neighbors grass is so much greener than yours, never has any weeds and is quick to recover if it gets damaged.

If you have Bailey’s full service landscape maintenance program then you are in good shape.

There are some things that we at Bailey’s just know we are not the best at doing.  When this is the case we will make sure that our clients have someone that they can count on to take care of them.

Jason the owner of Absolute Lawn Care is one of the most respected people in his field.  He takes a very scientific approach to your lawn.  He takes a soil sample to make sure that he is putting the correct nutrients down when needed.  (He is one of the few who actually take the time to do this step)

Jason and his team are the only ones that we at Bailey’s trust to do the right thing for our clients. Like I said if you are signed up for our maintenance program then your lawn already looks better than the neighbors.  If not you need to call Jason and get on his list quick.  The list fills up quick because he is so good at what he does.  Give them a call at (302) 376-5222 and tell them Bailey’s said they were the best.  You’ll have the best looking lawn on the block before you know it.

Substitute those Invasives

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping


A great replacement for Burning Bush is Itea.  It will give you that great fall color without spreading all over the landscapes of Delaware.

Some other swaps you can make are:

  • Substitute Bradford Pear with Eastern Redbud.
  • Substitute Barberry with Nandina Firepower
  • Substitute English Ivy with Liriope Spicata

There are so many great ways to enjoy the landscape without using invasive species.  You just need the correct landscape consultant to point you in the right direction.