Emerald Tree & Shrub
Plant Health Care Program is a year round, all-inclusive method to protect your trees and shrubs from damaging insects and diseases. Most serious problems can be controlled and even prevented with the proper ongoing treatments. Our highly trained technicians will visit your property several times a year and scout your landscape for any signs of insect and disease activity. Control methods are applied only to the areas of the landscape requiring intervention and treatment. Some of the environmentally responsible methods include:
- Horticultural Oils
- Insecticidal Soaps
- Beneficial Nematodes
- Soil Drenches and Injections
- Aerification of Compacted soils
- Hand Pruning of Nests or Localized Infestations
- Mauget Systemic Injection Systems
- Custom Blended Deep Root Liquid Fertilization
Plant Site Analysis:
We will gladly consult with you or your landscaper on proper site selection for new plantings.
Our integrated plant health care service menu includes:
- Integrated Pest Management: The practice of monitoring insect and disease activity, and once a threshold level has been reached, implementing a combination of methods and maintenance tools to restore tree and plant health on your property.
- Deer Repellent: We help protect your property’s valuable plantings from deer browsing during the winter season by strategically placing temporary fencing and applying deer resistant materials to the foliage.
- Dutch Elm Disease Prevention: Carried by bark beetles, Dutch elm disease is a fungal infection that often proves fatal to untreated trees. We inoculate with Arbotect™, a systemic fungicide that is highly resistant to degradation and moves into new sapwood in sufficient quantity to protect trees for 2.5 to 3 years. The purpose of a preventive macro-infusion with Arbotect™ is to provide even and complete distribution of the fungicide throughout the 2-4 year old twigs where the beetles feed.
- Emerald Ash Borer Prevention: The Emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle whose larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees. Since its discovery on US soil in 2002, the insect has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. As of January 2016, the Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in 24 states including New York. It is nearly impossible for even a trained eye to detect an infestation until the insect has been in that tree for at least three years. A preventative treatment program using Xytect, a broad spectrum, systemic insecticide, should be started as soon as you have a confirmed infestation within 15 miles of your tree(s).
- Root Zone Excavation and Invigoration: Root zone excavation and invigoration can restore the health and appearance of declining trees. In this process, the soil profile located around the root system is removed via air spade, thus minimizing damage to the root system. Any girdling or damaged roots are removed and a mixture of new soil, compost and leaf mold is added to the soil profile to invigorate the root systems.
- Custom Blend and Deep Root Fertilization: Emerald treats nutritional deficiencies in your landscape based upon each plant’s particular need. Both plant tissue and soil samples are taken and tested to determine what nutritional deficiencies exist for a particular plant or plantings. A custom blend of fertilizer containing macro- and micro-nutrients as well as beneficial fungi is then hydraulically injected into the soil profile around the root zone of the plants. This allows for immediate uptake and use by the plant to make the necessary corrections in the deficiencies.
- Lightning Protection: Installing lightning rods and ground wires in large, important and irreplaceable trees will capture the electric charge from a lightning strike and run it harmlessly away from the tree.
- Specialty Service: Vertical Mulching: Vertical mulching is the process of making many holes in the soil of the root zone of a particular tree to create entryways for air, moisture, and nutrients to reach the roots of a given tree. This process improves the overall health and vigor of any tree.