Insect and Disease Management
Michigan is plagued by many types of insects and diseases that if left untreated can and will devastate the trees and shrubs within your landscape. 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.
Insect and disease management is a large part of Plant Health Care. If left unchecked, insects and diseases can quickly turn your trees and shrubs into liabilities. Proactive monitoring by an ISA Certified Arborist and the homeowner goes a long way towards early detection. After our certified arborist has diagnosed what the issue is, they will provide recommendations for care to help restore your trees and shrubs back to good health.
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.
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.