It’s likely that your trees are one of the highlights of your landscape. While they do not require as much maintenance as the plants in your garden, trees do need some TLC to ensure their long-term health and your long-term enjoyment. To keep your trees healthy and vibrant, learn how a professional tree service can help identify diseases and pests that may be lurking in your Wappinger Falls, NY, landscape.
TLC for Your Trees
Like with human health, tree health depends on preventive care. Your tree service professionals are experts in identifying and managing insects and diseases. A thorough annual assessment will ensure that any problems are caught while they are still small.
Ongoing tree care ensures optimal growing conditions and encourages strong trees that are able to withstand pest infestations, severe climate conditions, and diseases. Ongoing care includes proper watering, soil enhancement and fertilization, and pruning.
Supporting Beneficial Insects and Birds
At the same time, arborists will take care to ensure the health of beneficial insects and birds that naturally control pest populations, through the use of organic and natural pest control products.
Common Tree Pests and Diseases
Your arborist will be able to identify the most damaging insects (as well as lesser-known problem insects) and the most common tree diseases that damage trees in the Wappingers Falls area.
Not all insects you find on trees cause damage. Some are pollinators, and some are predators that control tree-damaging insects. This is why it is important to work with arborists who can correctly identify which insects are beneficial and which can cause your trees to weaken and even die. The list of most damaging insects include aphids, bark beetles, emerald ash borers, Japanese beetles, and spider mites.
Fungi, environmental stress, and bacteria can all cause diseases to overcome trees and shrubs. Environmental stresses include pollution; drought; poor location (not enough sun, too much sun, etc.); flooding or overwatering; damage from weed killers and other herbicides; severe weather; and nutrient-poor soil. Treatment depends on accurate diagnosis of both the disease and the cause. Common tree diseases that can affect your trees and shrubs include oak wilt, fire blight, and powdery mildew.
Treatment of Pests and Diseases
Treatment of tree pests and disease may require repeated applications of pesticide and fungicide, as well as heavy pruning that can leave trees looking disfigured. Prevention is usually the best way to protect your trees and shrubs.
Working with a Tree Care Professional
While there is a lot homeowners can do to maintain tree health, including deep watering, there are many instances that require a tree care professional. Tree service can include:
Proper planting and care for both saplings and newly planted mature trees, including identification of optimal growing locations, soil amendment, and educating the homeowner on caring for their new trees
Pruning limbs, especially limbs high in the tree canopy that require climbing the tree and specialized equipment
Caring for storm-damaged trees to ensure that disease and pests do not gain a foothold
Application of fertilizer
Identification and pesticide/fungicide treatment of pests and disease
Specialized care for struggling trees
Tree moving and removal