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COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM EST SUNDAY... ...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON ...COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED SUNDAY INTO MONDAY... The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a Coastal Flood Warning, which is in effect from 9 AM to 3 PM EST Sunday. * LOCATIONS...Southwestern Suffolk and Southern Nassau. * TIMING...For the Coastal Flood Warning, from 9 AM to 3 PM EST Sunday. For the Coastal Flood Watch, from Sunday night through Monday afternoon. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...There is an elevated threat of property damage. Widespread flooding of vulnerable areas is expected near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect 1 to 3 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. This will result in numerous road closures and cause widespread flooding of low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes and businesses with basements near the waterfront. Vehicles parked in vulnerable areas near the waterfront will likely become flooded. Flooding will also extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...The combination of elevated water levels and high surf along the ocean beachfront should also result in significant beach erosion and localized splashovers around the times of high tide. * OUTLOOK...Minor coastal flooding and additional beach erosion are also possible around the times of high tide from Monday night into Tuesday.

Spring -Summer 2005

This spring has been an eventful one up until now. Ticks have made their presence known in several areas of Long Island, Gypsy Moth Caterpillars have been seen on both the north and south shores, ...

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This spring has been an eventful one up until now. Ticks have made their presence known in several areas of Long Island, Gypsy Moth Caterpillars have been seen on both the north and south shores, Inch and Cankerworms, Scale insects on Maples, Lindens, Cherries and Plums, Fire blight on Bradford Pears, Cedar-apple rust galls on Cedars and the subsequent spots on Apples, Bleeding canker on Beech trees and a myriad of other diseases brought on by the wet spring that we have been experiencing.
Many of the disease problems that we are dealing with at this time can have their effects lessened in the future by maintaining the trees on our landscapes at their most vigorous state through fertilization and insect management. Some of them however, will need to be treated with fungicides.
For those of you not familiar with Fire blight, this disease is a vascular infection of Pears, Apples and Peaches. It is recommended to prune out the infected areas, disinfecting the pruners after each cut and treat the trees with a direct injection of "antibiotic" to help to minimize this potentially deadly disease. Fertilization should be avoided once the trees are infected as this can advance the spread of the disease.
The caterpillar problem this year has been extensive. Areas that do not normally see heavy caterpillar activity are getting bombarded. The good news is that the caterpillars will be gone in a few weeks. The bad news is that the trees that were damaged will be in a weakened state from the reduced ability to produce sugars from photosynthesis. These trees should be fertilized in the fall to help them compensate for the loss of nutrients.
The perennial problem-Scale is back again and running rampant on Maples, Lindens, Redbuds, Cherries, Plums and Azaleas. The best way to combat this pest is to treat them with a Horticultural oil in the cooler parts of the day.
Apple scab and Cedar-Apple rust is defoliating the Apples all over Long Island. It is too late now to try to treat for this disease. The only time to get control is when the leaves are small, just as they are beginning to open up. For now, remove all fallen leaves from the ground under the trees, and thin out the apples. Fertilization in the fall is recommended to help to strengthen the trees form this disease next year.
A condition that has been around for a long time, Bleeding Canker on Beech trees, is becoming more wide spread. This disease will eventually kill the tree in time. As of now, the lead researcher on this problem, Dr. George Hudler of Cornell University, has no solutions to the problem or control. The only thing that can be done is to keep the trees has healthy as possible and as stress free as possible. Fertilization in the fall along with a treatment of Phosphate as a soil drench will help strengthen the tree to battle this vascular disease.
White flies on Japanese Hollies and Azaleas are starting to become active, and Mites will not be too far behind. Many people think that Mites are a summer only insect. They are wrong. The majority of the Mite damage that you see in the summer, is done in the mid to late spring. Now is the best time to treat for Mites and White flies.
The way this year is shaping up, I feel that we are going to see a landmark year for mosquitoes. The higher than normal temperatures will help them to multiply more rapidly in the wetlands and other standing water spots.
We have also seen an increase in the Black Fly population this year. These small biting flies can be a major nuisance around a home.
If there is anything that I can help you with, please do not hesitate to call me at 631-691-2381 or 631-466-2930 or by E-mail at