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Plant Health Care

Though we are often in the business of cutting down and removing trees, sometimes this can be avoided and other options can be explored.  Perhaps you've got a much loved tree or shrub on your property that just isn't doing well.  Maybe you've noticed a discoloration or deformity to the leaves, a late or absent bloom, insects or insect damage on your tree, or damaged bark or wounds to the bark.  If you have concerns about the health of your plant, or are interested in discussing preventative or ongoing care, you can set up a consultation (MAKE THIS A LINK) with one of our arborists.

There are many treatments and recommendations we can offer which vary greatly case by case.  Below are just a few basics of plant health care to consider.

Compacted soil can be an issue in many urban areas, particularly near roadways, sidewalks, areas with high foot traffic, or construction.  Compacted soils don't allow sufficient airflow (which is an important factor in nutrient and water access) around the roots of trees.  An air spade (MAKE THIS A LINK) can sometimes be used to ease the stress of compacted soil and keep trees healthy.

Soil amendments or mulches can be used to adjust nutrient content, soil structure, PH, and water retention for some trees and shrubs which may be suffering from an acute deficiency or insufficient water.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a wood boring beetle that is causing widespread decline and death of the ash tree (Fraxinus spp.) across the country.  Treatment for EAB (MAKE THIS A LINK)  must be preventative (once the tree shows signs of decline, it is too late), and it is recommended to treat if EAB is reported within 30miles of your area if you wish to ensure the health of your ash trees.  The treatment involves simple injections of a solution into the trunk, which offers protection for 2-3 years.

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