Just like us, plant disease is about prevention rather than treatment. Our clients use our Preventative Tree Care services when they want to preserve a landscape and prevent disease before it begins. Fertilizers, micronutrients, soil remediation, soil decompaction, mycorrhizae inoculations, plant response activators and plant growth regulators are all plant preservation techniques. Fungicides and insecticides are, on the other hand, treatments.
Just like people doctors, our tree doctors and Certified Arborists take plant diseases seriously. We cannot treat a disorder or disease without first identifying and understanding the problem. Prescription before diagnosis is malpractice, in trees and in humans.
Our staff can identify most diseases, insects and pathogens in the field. What we do not know in the field, we research and perform laboratory analysis on.
Step One: Pruning
Removal of pathogen inoculum is the first step in any tree health regime. This step means pruning away dead, diseased and decaying sections of tree and discarding the wood.Concern for biological stress: A tree with a disease is stressed and yes, pruning that tree will cause more stress. Without removal of the contaminant, no treatment will be successful.Our Certified Arborists are experts in the art and practice of tree pruning. We take into account tree health, aesthetic qualities, pruning goals, and customer desires.
Step Two: Soil Remediation
Rehabilitation of soil: It’s noted by some soil scientists and phytopathologists that most plant problems are results of soil disparities. A rich, stable soil s comprised of primarily air. Second to air, decaying organic material, and a community of mycorrhizae, bacteria, nematodes, protozoa and bugs compose a healthy, stable soil.
Urban Soils: Often in urban soils we have compacted, imported and heavily sterile soils. These are not good growing conditions.
Step two consists of inoculating these biotic elements back into the soil, allowing them to revitalize sterile soils. Additional inputs to a dead soil are sometimes required, such as mulching, fertilizers, and fracturing (tilling).