Insect and Disease Management
Insect and disease management is a large part of Plant Health Care. If left untreated, insects and diseases can and will devastate the trees and shrubs within your landscape. Proactive monitoring by an ISA Certified Arborist and the homeowner goes a long way towards early detection. It is also important to remember that some insects are beneficial rather than destructive – helping with pollination or act as predators of more harmful species. Therefore, killing all insects without regard to their kind and function can actually be detrimental to the tree’s health.
One of our certified arborists can do a visual assessment of your trees and shrubs to determine which insect and/or disease is affecting their health. They will visit your property to examine* the trees and shrubs, while observing any evidence of previous diseases or pests. The history is then obtained regarding the symptoms observed. Specific needs and concerns are identified, research is done, if needed, to ascertain the symptoms observed and to formulate the appropriate plan of action. A report is then prepared with analysis and recommendations for care.
No standard price can be given until we provide an assessment. All of our recommendations are custom designed to fit your individual needs, and we only treat what needs to be treated.
*Exam fee is $75 for the assessment of your trees and/or shrubs by one of our ISA Certified Arborists and $50 will be credited towards any work authorized.
Treatments are applied to trees for many reasons. Pesticides repel or kill damaging insects, fungicides treat or prevent fungal diseases and nutrients affect growth. Spraying is the most typical way to apply these treatments but other methods are also available including trunk injections and soil injections/drenching. Deciding which of these application methods is best depends on your circumstances, the tree’s circumstances and the target pest, disease or nutrient used. This is why each situation is evaluated separately to determine the best course of action.
CAUTION: Herbicides can kill trees. Herbicides are products designed to kill undesirable weeds, however, misapplied herbicides can cause injury to desirable landscape plantings. Symptoms of herbicide injury often involve discolored or distorted leaves and can easily be confused with other cultural or environmental problems.