Tree Health Care

What is tree health care?

Trees are valuable assets for your landscape. As such, they require long-term, quality care in order to provide return on your investment. A THC program accomplishes this by using specialized monitoring and problem-solving methods designed to prevent high-cost tree replacement in the long run.

How does this work?

The goal of THC is to maintain tree and plant health in your yard by providing proper growing conditions for the plants. Most health problems associated with trees can be linked to past environmental stress or declining growing conditions. Healthy trees have natural defenses, but when a tree is stressed, it is more vulnerable to harmful insects and diseases.

THC technicians work closely with homeowners to reduce those tree stressors and manage pest problems before they become harmful. Managing plant pests and problems rather than eliminating them offers a proactive and holistic approach to maintaining tree and shrub health.

What are the treatments?

Managed landscape plants sometimes require specialized “treatments,” as many living things often do. Good tree health care provides specific treatments at specific times, which better targets pests and reduces waste. But the best treatment methods are those that work in combination with natural processes or are the least environmentally intrusive. A THC technician may recommend any one or a combination of the following treatments:

  • Maintenance or restoration pruning
  • An integrated pest management (IPM) program to deal with any insect and disease issues
  • Mulching bare soil beneath tree canopies
  • Testing to determine any nutrient deficiencies/toxicities and a program to address them
  • Evaluation and correction of current irrigation practices
  • Planting pest-resistant varieties of trees suited to your specific site

But can it help my trees?

Most people want to know what the pest problems or the overall problems are in their landscape. Your THC provider observes your trees for changes in their health and will work closely with you to devise solutions as needed. A custom-designed THC program for your trees will, over time, provide a beautiful and healthy landscape that the entire neighborhood can enjoy, and that will add value to your home.

Tree Health Evaluation an assessment to determine the health of the tree(s), insect and/or disease presence, and nutrient deficiencies.

Insecticidal Treatment – treatment with an insecticide by injecting the tree, injecting the soil, or a trunk application to treat or prevent insects.

Fungicidal Treatment – treatment with a fungicide by injecting the tree or a foliage application to treat or prevent diseases.

Nutrient Treatment – treatment with a fertilizer(s) to correct a nutrient problem, reduce stress in the tree, or supplement small soil areas. There is more information on our Tree Fertilization page.

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