Let’s Talk About Tree Health

Plant Health Care (PHC for short) is a holistic approach to caring for the various trees & shrubs within your landscape. Our arborists can assess the needs of these plants and recommend, perform or withhold treatments based on their needs and your goals. A PHC program is an ongoing process of tree health that includes inspection, monitoring, and testing to ensure the early detection of problems that could potentially damage your landscape. You want a healthy landscape and the experts at Pell Tree Company can help.

Plants and trees are true assets in any yard or environment, and so they need ongoing care. What follows is a list of factors that can cause harm to trees and shrubs:

Lack of Fertilization

In forests, trees enjoy nutrient-rich soil from decomposing leaves. This material acts as a natural mulch to regulate soil moisture and temperature. Since we typically remove fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris from our yards as part of our landscaping rituals, important nutrients are prevented from being absorbed back into our trees and shrubs. To boost overall well being, we can offer a program of deep root fertilization treatments (once per month for three months) to increase root development and improve overall tree health.

Soil Compaction

Our lawns can take quite a beating from periods of significant rainfall, sometimes resulting in soil compaction. Other factors, such as lawn care equipment and heavy foot traffic can also contribute to this problem. When soil is compacted, trees and plants have more difficulty with uptake of necessary water and nutrients. Pell Tree can offer a solution known as “vertical mulching” to aerate the tree to its drip line and fill in with organic mix and fertilizer.

Mulch “Volcanoes”

Properly applied, organic mulches are very beneficial for trees. The trouble starts when the mulch is applied heavily and in constant contact with tree bark. Experts in the tree business identify these “mulch volcanoes” as a true hazard to tree health. Pell Tree Company has a solution called Root Collar Excavation. Because it is meant to protect the trunk, tree bark requires air and light. Too much dark moisture against the bark can cause it to break down, exposing the tree to increased risk of damage to underlying vascular tissue. A root collar excavation will bring much needed air and light to the bark of your tree, which will immediately remedy this often seen problem.

Insects, Pests and Disease

Unfortunately, when trees and plants are stressed or unhealthy, they can become more susceptible to infestation by insects, pests, and diseases. Our arborists can diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions such as tree scale, root rot, blight, mold, canker, and verticillium wilt, to name just a few. We are also well experienced in treating and providing thorough information about the emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly, which have plagued our local landscape for the past several years.