Tree and Shrub Care
Deep Root Feeding
Be proactive; Protect your Plants.
There are many hidden dangers in a yard that can damage your shrubs and trees. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead.
Whether you’re struggling with insect damage right now, worried about the health of your plants’ roots or simply looking protect your trees and shrubs from possible danger, we can help. As certified arborists, we have the expertise to inspect and assess your plants. We’ll check for pest and disease infestations and structural problems. We’ll also determine the soil requirements necessary for your specific varieties. From there, we’ll lay out your best course of action in order to ensure that your trees and shrubs are as healthy and vibrant as they can be.
Spraying could be an effective option for eliminating diseases or pests, depending on the species of tree in question. Maple trees rarely require spraying, but other varieties like Crabapple, cherry, hemlock, birch dogwood and lilac could benefit from spaying on a yearly basis. We’ll identify what type of pest or disease we’re targeting and apply the spray at just the right time to get great results. So you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your yard in peace.
If you’re dealing with mite eggs or other soft-bodied insects like aphids, adelgids, scales, psyllids, thrips or mealy bugs, horticultural oil could be the solution. Our certified arborists will assess your situation, and if we determine that any of these pests are the offenders, we’ll recommend this route. Horticultural oil acts as a pesticide. It kills pests by suffocation, and is a safe and effective and ecologically-friendly solution for certain species.
Looking to protect your plant from the inside out? If so, systemic control could be your best bet. This form of protection works from the inside out. Systemics are absorbed into the vascular system of plants through the roots, foliage or bark. They move through the vascular system and head toward the most actively growing areas. Insects can still come in contact with your plant, but once they begin feeding, the insecticide will take effect. Systemics are advantageous because they stay in your plants’ system, preventing future attacks. Systemics are a good option because they can treat isolated affected areas and won’t harm beneficial insects that also might come in contact with the plant.
It can be tempting to assume that all the trees on your property are naturally getting all the nutrients they need, but this isn’t always the case. Woodland trees thrive despite the absence of artificial fertilization, but the conditions of a forest floor are much different than the typical yard. Because this is the case, it’s important to help our ornamental and shade trees get the nutrients they need by administering deep root feeding. This is a controlled fertilization process that involves sending the feed directly to the root system. Trees and shrubs tend to have large, thick roots, so this is a great way to ensure fertilizer is getting where it needs to go. As part of this service, we’ll provide aeration that will improve compacted soil and allow water and nutrients to reach the roots. As a result, your trees and shrubs will thrive.
One of the most common causes of tree death is root suffocation. Not only is over-mulching a waste of mulch, it also can suffocate a tree’s roots, resulting in a slow death. You may not even realize this is happening. The soil around the tree can become soggy, which invites harmful insects and disease. The excess mulch reduces air circulation. When soil oxygen levels drop below 10%, root growth declines. Once too many roots decline and die, your plant can’t survive. Mulch should always be at least five inches away form the trunk and no more than two-four inches deep. We are happy to restore over-mulched areas, and create healthy and manicured environments for all of your trees and shrubs.