Plant Health Care

Trees are similar to humans, they are live and may require assistance to boost their health and increase their logevity.


Plant Health Care is an important part of your tree maintenance.

 

 

Tree owners should check their trees during and after drought, after a storm or heavy winds, and during and after construction. Change of leaf size, discoloration, insect infestation, and other diseases are most commonly caused by tree stress.

When Should Your Trees Get Care?

When a tree in an urban area reaches a certain stage, it may require a "boost" to its system.


Trees in urban areas have different needs than trees in forests or rural areas, because they are growing in an unnatural environment.

 

The microclimates in urban area are different, and most urban trees also compete with landscapes (lawns & other shrubs), hardscapes, and concrete. Because of all these stressor, urban trees require more care.

Scientists have researched urban trees which lead to a formation of the industry called Arboriculture. The goal is to provide proper tree maintenance, plant health care practices and products to help increase tree health and in some cases mimic the forest floors to reduce tree stress.

A Certified Arborist should be able to provide you with a health care plan that may involve tree maintenance, such as proper pruning, and should be able to diagnose and analyze your tree for insect, disease, root, and soil problems.


Insect and Disease treatments are commonly practiced. There are commons insects and diseases that may affect your trees depending on the species and condition. Common insects are bagworms, aphids, anthracnose, and in some areas  a lot of tress have been removed due to Asian long horned beetles, Emerald Ash borer.  When these infestations occur, it can occur quickly and can kill hundreds of trees in a short period. Depending on the insect and amount of infestation the only course of action is removal.

 

There are some disease such as Dutch Elm Disease that records show was the cause of thousands of Elm tree removal.

 

There are many disease and fungus that also can harm and damage trees, some do not care what species they are, while others only affect certain species. A Certified Arborist is trained to properly diagnose your tree's insect and disease issues.

 

Unforseen Health Issues

Other problems with trees may be unforseen, such as girdling roots syndrome (GRS); can be discovered by the process of Root Collar Excavation (RCX). 


GRS is most commonly found in trees that were planted with wires, plastic, or baskets, or are located in compacted soil areas near sidewalks or retaining walls. 

 

During the growth of the tree, its roots are strangled and eventually the roots or the tree will show signs of weakness. 

 

Roots are hand pruned so that they do not continue to struggle and the soil within the CRZ is loosened to allow the fibrous roots to grow.

Trees do not die over night. Sometimes the first sign of decline with an increase in insect acitvity or signs of fungus or diseases.

 

A mature tree's system is slow and it may take years of decline before a homeowner might recognize the signs.


There are times when treatment is too late or a tree has suffered severe decline, at which point the best and safest option is removal.