Effective plant health care emphasizes prevention rather than reactionary solutions to pest problems. A good plant health care program may include treatments such as soil aeration, fertilization, mulching and pruning to improve health and esthetics. On occasion a plant health care expert may consider the thinning or removal of overcrowded plant specimens.
The most common reason a tree owner calls an arborist is concern that something is wrong with a tree. Some possible signs that something is wrong with your tree are:
- leaves are discolored
- dead branches
- dropping leaves
Sometimes the cause of concern is a minor problem that is easily explained and corrected. Other times the problem is more complex – with several underlying causes and a remedy that requires treatments extending over several years.
Unfortunately, there are instances in which the problem has gone undetected for so long that the tree cannot be helped, and the only option is removal. If an arborist had been called earlier, perhaps the tree could have been saved. Contact the experts at Trillium Tree, to set up a proactive maintenance plan.
Treatments such as tree pruning and cabling will go a long way in improving the structural health of trees. However these types of treatments do not often address the problems brought on by insects and disease.
The purpose of plant health care is to identify the presence of harmful insect or disease pathogens that may affect a tree’s foliage, the root system or the tree’s conductive tissues which transport water and nutrients between the two.
The uses of chemical or spray application are considered to be viable options in any PHC program when other solutions are not effective.