Tree and Shrub Care
If you live in Eastern Fairfield or New Haven County and need a tree or shrub problem diagnosed, give us a call.
Our Approach to Tree and Shrub Care
Our approach to tree and shrub care is a 3 step process.
- Step 1: Diagnosis – This includes identifying all visual symptoms of a potential problem as well as having soil samples and laboratory diagnosis done on the foliage. We then look at all the data and come up with a list of primary and secondary causes of undesired symptoms or general decline in the health of trees or shrubs.
- Step 2: Treatment – We take a holistic approach to tree and shrub care. We design a treatment strategy that takes into account all the factors that may hinder the healthy development of trees and shrubs. For example if you have an Austrian pine with a needle cast fungus we would likely end up treating with fungicide but we may also decide to fertilize, add organic matter, or begin to change the soil PH if the soil diagnosis shows specific deficiencies. This holistic approach gives the tree or shrub the proper nutrients and environmental conditions to do a better job of defending itself from the fungus.
- Step 3: Re-inspection – Re-inspection is important because it helps us to monitor the effectiveness of the previous treatment strategy and adjust the treatment accordingly. Depending on the condition of the tree or shrub compared to its condition before treatment we may decide to modify treatment, continue with the same treatment or stop treatment all together if we succeeded in getting the plant to a point where it is robust enough to handle the pest or problem on its own.
See our page on Common Tree Pests, Problems and Solutons in CT. Many of these pests and problems also apply to shrubs. Trees and shrubs share similar problems and treatments because there is nothing biologically distinguishing them, all trees and shrubs in CT are dicots and the only difference is height. When does a tree become a shrub? Although most sources agree it is somewhere aroung 15′ – 20′ there is no universally agreed upon height, many shrubs and trees are in the same genus and sometimes the same species such as star magnolia, with a little pruning it could easily be trained into a tree or shrub.