Staff and volunteers with the Prince William Cooperative Extension’s
Environment and Natural Resources program provide educational programs for individuals and business to implement sound practices producing aesthetically pleasing landscapes that have minimal negative impacts on the environment. Programs include:
INVASIVE PLANT ALERT
Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant that has been found in several Virginia localities. Read more about Giant Hogweed and its lookalikes below. For assistance with any weed identification contact the Extension Horticulture Help Desk.
Giant Hogweed identification and look alikes
New VT publication on Giant Hogweed
Boxwood Blight was first discovered in Virginia in 2011 and many counties have had positive identifications of the disease since then. This disease poses a serious threat to Virginia's boxwoods. For more information on boxwood blight, please visit the Boxwood Blight Task Force page.
This 11-part video series covers topics important to preventing the spread of boxwood blight in Virginia, including symptoms of the disease, disease spread, and prevention measures. The videos are appropriate for homeowners as well as landscaping professionals who may encounter the boxwood blight in their work.
To view Virginia Cooperative Extension Fairfax Office's new video series on boxwood blight, please visit: YouTube video Series here!
INVASIVE PEST ALERT
The Spotted Lanternfly has been found north of Winchester in Virginia. This insect is a pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and apples. It is commonly associated with tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima. It has the potential to be a serious pest of agriculture and home gardens in Virginia. A new Virginia Cooperative Extension publication on Spotted Lantern Fly can be found at:
If anyone has questions or believes they have found this insect, please report it with location and photos to this website: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask
Below are resources for identifying different stages of the Spotted Lanternfly's life cycle
Spotted Lanternfly Adult Look-alikes
Spotted Lanternfly Egg Mass Look-alikes
Spotted Lanternfly Immature Look-alikes
Spotted Lanternfly prefers the Tree of Heaven, Ailanthis altissima. Learn how to identify Tree of Heaven and some of its look alikes.
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Environment and Natural Resources
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