As President of FLPA, Ted Kozlowski brings to the organization his skills and background including; an AAS Degree in Conservation ( 1976 -SUNY Cobleskill), BS Natural Resource Management -Forestry (1979 -Rutgers University).
Four years as a NYSDEC Forester on Long Island (1979 -1984), 36 Years (1984 -2020) as Westchester County Forester and Manager of Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial. Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters, Certified Watershed Forester by the NYC Watershed Program, Certified Pesticide Applicator -Forest & Ornamentals, Certified Wetland Delineator (Rutgers University).
Presently serves as the Environmental Conservation Inspector for the Town of Patterson, performs private forestry and wetland consulting and volunteers as the President of the Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum.
The 2021 Plant and Tree Sale
As winter marches on we are planning for a nice, warm, sunny Plant Sale weekend on May 15 & 16. While we will likely still have to deal with Covid-19 protocols, we are hopeful that we can work this out as a safe and fun event. Details are being worked on but I would like to let you know that this year we will be offering some unique and interesting tree species that you will not find at most garden centers. Since late last year I have been securing small numbers of selected tree species that have great landscape qualities. In the next few months I will be highlighting one tree per month and describe in detail the nice qualities they offer for your garden collection. My intention of course is to get you to buy these little gems and support our mission. But also it is important to learn about some species that are overlooked in our landscapes and add to the diversity of our garden collections. Stay tuned.
This winter appears to be a bit more normal than last year and cold temperatures is sometimes a good thing. Due to climate change, insect pests are expanding their range from the south and this has serious implications for our native trees. Hemlock woolly adelgid continues creeping north and pine beetles are establishing on Long Island which is killing off pitch pine. When we get colder than normal winter temperatures the mortality rate of many of these pests increases. That means less bad insects when the sun warms us up in Spring. So a few days with temperatures in the single numbers or lower is good for our native trees.
Stay on top of your deer repellant sprays, especially if we get lots of snow which reduces deer food sources. Apply the repellants on warm wither days when the temperatures are in the 40’s or better with no chance of wet weather for at least 12 hours. Always follow the label instructions.
Mid February is a good time to prune fruit trees. As for flowering shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons, forsythia and lilacs, the best time to prune is just after they flower in Spring, so hold off until then.
De-icing salts can be deadly to many plants (as well as your car frame). Don’t apply rock salt. It not only can kill plants, it can damage concrete and slate patios. Use calcium chloride (yes it is more expensive) or better, mix ash from your wood stove with sand. It works for traction. If you cannot avoid salts or the highway crews applied it on your plants, be sure to water heavily when you can to remove as much salt as possible. The salt dehydrates the plants and is the main reason they show “burn” injury in the Spring.
Stay warm and safe. Spring is around the corner.