Tree & Shrub Care

Our approach to Tree and Shrub Care is guided by the philosophy of Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) This is a strategy that encourages plant health as a way to discourage disease and insect problems.

FertilizationFertilizer provides nutrients that can improve the vigor of trees and shrubs.

Providing nutrients for growth can improve the vigor of a plant. If a plant is growing vigorously, it will be better able to withstand the stresses of disease and pests. Pests and disease pathogens occur naturally in the environment but healthy plants have higher thresholds for their presence.

We use a granular, controlled-release formula that is injected into the soil. Applied once annually, this fertilizer provides nutrients to the plant over a period of 3 - 4 months.

Disease and Pest Control

There are a few plants, such as crabapple trees, that require scheduled sprays but we do not offer tree and shrub programs. These types of programs typically involve scheduled visits to blanket spray control products onto target plants with little regard as to whether or not an actual problem exists that is severe enough to warrant such a spray. We believe control products should only be used when the problem is such that the health of the plant is jeopardized. Blanket sprays that are not warranted are not an acceptable environmental practice. Also, scheduled sprays that do not regard the specific type of plant and its specific pathogens and pests will not eliminate problems.

Our specialty is your lawn but we have had some experience with recognizing some tree and shrub problems. If we can help you, we will. Otherwise we'll refer you to someone with more expertise in this area. (Any additional trip to your property would incur at least a minimum charge.)

Pruning

On a routine basis, proper pruning at the proper time affects plant health for shrubs by encouraging new growth. Pruning techniques should include thinning to encourage new wood. Newer wood will be less susceptible to diseases and pests. Newer wood will also provide the best flowers and the most attractive season. Except for some shrubs that bloom on the previous season's growth (like lilacs), most pruning should be done as close as possible to the dormant season.

Mid-season pruning is recommended for spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac and weigela and for other plants that need to be tidied up after their spring flush of growth.