Plant Health Care for Trees and Shrubs

Based on an examination of the ornamental trees and shrubs on your property, the key plants and potential pests are identified, and a program is formulated to monitor conditions and correct problems as needed.

An important aspect of a plant health care program is to improve growing conditions for the plant so that the plant will be healthy and better able to defend itself against attack from insects and disease. For one plant, or an entire landscape, the approach is the same: inventory plants, identify problems or potential risks, and develop a management strategy that will correct or eliminate adverse conditions leading to poor performance.

A Nature Guard Certified technician will come to your house and do an evaluation.  From there, they will decide what kind of program you will need – number of services, timeliness of services, and if any services may need to be added during the year.  A typical program will include about 6 to 8 Plant Health Care Inspection Visits during the growing season. 

The following services are the most common pre-arranged treatments in a health care program:

Horticultural Oil Applications:  A non-toxic oil and water mixture that is sprayed onto the leaves and bark of a tree to treat insects

Foliar Sprays:  A highly nutritional liquid fertilizer that is sprayed directly onto the leaves of the plant to promote health

Winter Protection:  Winter protection is done by applying 3 to 4 Anti-Desiccant Sprays throughout the winter, usually between December and March.  These sprays help to retard moisture loss and lessen winter damage often seen in the spring

Borer Treatment: Protective coating of a pesticide is applied to bark of susceptible trees or shrubs

Deep-Root Fertilization:  An organic liquid is injected into the root zone of trees and shrubs to promote healthy root growth and improve vigor