Insects, mites & diseases are continuous threats to the health and beauty of your residential landscape. Regular monitoring by our qualified arborists identifies the issues that will affect your trees, shrubs and plants. Through preventative treatments we reduce the damage and help keep your landscape healthy. We stay aware of the current and anticipated pest issues through regular contact with leading entomologists (insect experts), pathologists (disease experts) and weekly periodicals from local universities and Cooperative Extension experts.
The top 5 signs of insect, mite and disease issues for your trees and shrubs:
- Large amount of deadwood: Every tree and shrub has dead branches in it. When more than 15% of a plant appears dead, it is time for action.
- Damaged leaves: When trees, shrubs and landscape plants no longer appear ‘normal,’ expert eyes are needed to diagnose the problems.
- Decay or open holes: Dead and decaying parts of trees, as well as cracks, openings and holes in the trunk and branches, invite pest problems.
- Insects, Mites and Diseases visually observed in the landscape: Close inspection of the trees, shrubs and landscape plants provides the best opportunity to see and document the current and likely pest issues.
- Mushrooms growing from the roots or on the trunk: Mushrooms on and around trees is always trouble. Decay is present and needs to be assessed by a qualified arborist.
Treatment for Tree and Shrub Mites and Insects:
Injections: Soil and trunk injections place the materials where they are easily absorbed by the plants and quickly control the damaging pests.
- Spray Treatments: Primarily using eco-friendly, bio-rational materials, we limit the impact of damaging pests.
- Manual Control: This is the most expensive and time-consuming method. Cocoons, egg masses or the insects themselves can be removed by hand. This is not a solution that is often used, but it is always an option.
Treatment for Tree and Shrub Diseases:
- Disease Treatment: Many diseases can be effectively controlled with well-timed treatments using materials designed for that specific disease.
- Tree Pruning: Removing dead and diseased limbs reduces the amount of disease activity in your landscape and helps keep trees healthier.
- Tree Fertilization: A soil injection of fertilizer in the spring or fall will stimulate root growth and strengthen the tree’s ability to resist disease. This does not pertain to trees infected with Fireblight.