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As we pack up our grills and winterize our home for the upcoming months, it’s also so important to prioritize the health of your landscape. While our Plant Health Care (PHC) program is a year-round effort, fall serves as a pivotal time to ensure trees and shrubs are cared for properly, preparing them to be at their healthiest next spring.  

Our PHC clients reap many benefits. If you’re on the fence as to whether or not a PHC program is best for your landscapes' needs, below are five reasons why the fall is the perfect time to join the party.

At Emerald, our Plant Health Care Program specifically helps:

Trees and Shrubs Recover from Summer Stress

Long days and hot temperatures can stress trees and make them susceptible to pest infestations, dehydration, and a lack of nutrients. Stressed trees and shrubs may show small leaves, pale green coloration of leaves, peeling bark, early leaf drop, and more.

PHC programs provide trees and shrubs with ingredients and nutrients to help them recover from active, hot summers. Many landscape problems are caused by poor soil quality, acidity imbalance, compaction, or other factors. Fertilization treatments applied during the fall helps trees and shrubs fight late-season pests while helping them recover from environmental diseases.

Treat Late-Season Insects  

Late season insects can wreak havoc on weakened, stressed trees. Harmful pests that are common during the fall season include Weevils, Aphids, Mites, and Scales.

At Emerald, we use products that are safe for adults, children, and pets, such as horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, beneficial nematodes, etc. We value sustainable, quality methods in applying and treating these problems so that families and landscapes remain safe, always.

Protect from Hurricane Damage

We typically receive less emergency calls from PHC clients after heavy winds and intense rain caused by hurricanes. This summer, our crews visited numerous homes to remove fallen, uprooted trees.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an ‘extremely active’ hurricane season. A few things to consider:

  • According to the Insurance Information Institute, wind damage is the most frequent homeowner insurance claim, accounting for 25% of all claims
  • Severe storm damage from of any type could result in recovery expenses ranging $10,000-$75,000. This might include the costs of rebuilding and replacing damaged roofs, kitchens, or entire structures of the home
  • While homeowner’s insurance usually covers trees that fall on your home and other structures, it rarely covers loss or damage caused by negligence, unhealthy or poorly maintained trees

PHC not only protects the health and longevity of trees and shrubs, but it can also prevent unnecessary costly damage to homes and landscapes

Prepare for Winter Storms

Heightened preparation for extreme, cold weather in our area takes place during the fall. PHC programs involve custom treatments and techniques. For example, expert pruning during the fall helps trees vibrantly bloom when spring arrives.

Arborists diagnose problems before they become dangerous with the help of PHC services. Inspecting trees while leaves are off, soil injections, applications, and other stimulants applied throughout the fall ensure plants are winter-ready.

Receive Year-Round Insurance

While fall may be a less active than the summer, every season has a impact on your trees and shrubs. Preventative maintenance now will ensure that landscapes return strong an healthy when spring arrives.

At Emerald, our PHC program provides you with peace of mind (all year!) knowing that your precious greens are protected. We have the resources, equipment, treatment, and experts to ensure your landscapes remain healthy and reslient.

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Steve Farrelly

As a lifelong Westchester resident, Steve Farrelly serves as the founder and President of Emerald Tree and Shrub Care Company. As an avid sportsman who enjoys fishing, swimming and more, he was inspired to start Emerald after witnessing various irresponsible acts taking place throughout the Long Island Sound.

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They hire skilled arborists and are trustworthy and reliable. They come several times a year to maintain our trees and shrubs and they always look fantastic. Moira P.
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