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Tree and Shrub Health Care Treatments

It’s May, and it’s time to treat your trees for pests, such as the Winter Moth, Lace Bug, and Diplodia Tip Blight.

Although spring came a little late this year, rest assured that it is actually here, and the same insects and diseases that infest your trees every spring are back. Winter Moth activity has picked up drastically over the last week, and it is imperative that you treat your trees for these pests before they chew and shred all your leaves. Check your deciduous trees, mainly the oaks, maples, crabapples, dogwoods, and cherries, for signs of these small green caterpillars, as their presence seems to be multiplying each year.

Lace Bugs, which were extremely abundant last spring due to the warm temperatures and excess moisture, will be back this spring as well. Since we have had a colder early spring, Lace Bugs populations may be down, but they are certainly still a pest to worry about. Check the leaves on your broad leaf evergreens and deciduous trees for yellow spotting. Lace Bugs will feed on the underside of leaves, and because of their piercing and sucking mouths, yellow spots will begin to show on the upper side of leaves as they kill the cells within.

Diplodia Tip Blight is a fungal disease which primarily targets the Austrian and Red Pines in our region. Look for signs of browning or curling needles in your pines, as this is an early indicator of Tip Blight. Treatments for Tip Blight must begin in early May. Also, you must be careful when pruning infected trees as the fungus can spread easily.

Insect and disease infestation can fluctuate from year to year based on a number of factors, including temperature and moisture; however, without proper treatment, your trees will be infected. Implementing an insect and disease management program is recommended in order to combat the restless pests in our region.

Spring Up For Some Shrub and Tree Pruning

Invest in tree pruning now and you’ll be rewarded all year.

I love when buds start to develop on our trees and shrubs, especially after such a harsh winter.  However, with the arrival of the year’s first buds also comes the realization that the winter did some damage to your trees and shrubs - some of which will require tree pruning to ensure safety and tree health.

Tree pruning, or crown cleaning, in the spring is preferred because it gives arborists a clear view of the tree structure, without foliage to hinder sight. A Certified Arborist can closely inspect a tree and carefully prune and trim branches to ensure your trees and shrubs are as healthy and beautiful as possible for the upcoming growing season.

Heavy snow accumulation and strong winds will have caused their damage to your trees and shrubs this winter. Spring presents a refreshing atmosphere, but does not guarantee that your trees and shrubs are safe and appealing. Get out there and take a look to see how your trees survived the winter.

View our tree pruning and shrub pruning services to learn more, or arrange for a consultation with a Certified Arborist who can assist you with your shrub and tree pruning needs.

Repairing Storm Damaged Arborvitaes

Heavy snow accumulation, like we saw this winter, is sure to damage arborvitaes of all ages - whether dumped by Mother Nature or a neighbor’s snow blower. Snow can threaten the health and appeal of your arborvitaes; therefore, you must take the proper measures to repair damaged arborvitaes.  It is important to repair your split or damaged arborvitaes early in the spring, to ensure proper growth during the growing season.

Depending on the size of your arborvitaes, some repairs may be made by home owners using household materials. For small arborvitaes that have split branches, it is appropriate to use wire inside a length of garden hose to tie together weak branches - just be sure there is a wide, soft surface against the tree’s bark to prevent damage. An old pair of nylons will work just as well, especially with young arborvitaes. There are also commercial tree tie products capable of serving the same purpose.

For larger arborvitaes, it is recommended that you consult a Certified Arborist for repairs. Large, storm-damaged arborvitaes require extensive cabling and bracing in order to ensure safety and tree health. A Certified Arborist can suggest tree cabling techniques aimed at developing a strong tree structure, which helps prevent future storm damage. To compliment the cabling, a Certified Arborist can also prune your arborvitaes to ensure proper sunlight and air flow, thus improving tree growth and health.

Storm damaged arborvitaes can be an eye-sore in your landscape. Cabling and pruning can not only increase the appeal of your landscape, but also improve the health of your trees and shrubs.

View Carpenter Costin’s cabling services and pruning services to learn more, or request a consultation with a Certified Arborist.

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