Disease Diagnosis, Fertilization, Root/Tree Injections, and Aeration
There are many things we can do to protect and preserve your trees. Fertilization and disease diagnosis are the best ways to achieve this. It is the arborist’s responsibility to accurately assess the trees health and decide what is the best path to take. It is very important to use an ISA Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees. They are educated and trained and committed to the health of your trees and landscape.
Many things go into a tree care evaluation and there are several avenues a Certified Arborist may recommend. Some of those might be:
- Fertilization — Fertilizing a tree is not the same as your lawn. There are different methods, using either granules or a liquid fertilizer. This can be achieved by broadcasting on top of the ground, underground fertilization or by either tree injection or root injections.
- Cabling & Bracing – Cabling can help maintain longevity and can restore a tree canopy when a cable is installed. When your tree has a week limb, cables can help strengthen that limb and give the whole tree better leverage.
- Lightning Protection – Some of our wonderful old oaks can be protected by installing copper wires through the canopy and down the trunk to the ground. They work as conductors to catch the electricity from the lightning strike.
- Aeration – When the soil around and under a tree and its roots becomes compacted it is necessary to aerate the area around the tree to loosen the compact soil. Vertical mulching is the process of making vertical holes in the soil. Some use drills we prefer to use an air knife which tends to lift and fluff the soil. This will help oxygen reach the roots and uncompact the soil.
- Preservation – When you are planning construction, installing irrigation, having trenches dug or even adding or removing soil from your yard it can affect the roots and health of your trees. It is very important before you make these changes to have an ISA Certified Arborist come in to create a detailed plan to ensure the well being of your trees.
- Spanish Moss – De-Mossing a tree can become necessary when the weight of the moss and/or lack of sunlight is compromising the tree. Initially Spanish Moss is not harmful to your trees, but it can become so heavy that the branches will break and cause damage to your property. It can even prohibit sunlight from reaching the tree which is necessary to sustain the health of your tree.