Trees become infested with insect pests and diseases because they are in stress and sick. Mother Nature then sends in the clean up crews. Insects and pathogens are just doing their job - trying to take out the unfit plants. Most plant sickness is environmental - too much water, not enough water, too much fertilizer, wrong kind of fertilizer, toxic chemical pesticides, compaction of soil, grade changes, ill-adapted plant varieties and/or over planting single plant species and creating monocultures, as was done with American elms in the Northwest and the red oak/live oak communities in certain parts of the South.
My tree health plan is simple. Keep trees in a stress free condition so their immune systems can resist insect pests and diseases. For example - it has been noticed by many farmers and ranchers that oak wilt doesn’t bother some trees - especially those that have properly exposed root flares, and those where the natural habitat under trees has been maintained. The Sick Tree Treatment is not just good for oak wilt, but for any other tree problem as well.
Trunk injection is the most effective alternative to spraying or soil applying pesticides for tree insect or pest control. Arborjet trunk injection equipment injects formulations directly inside trees. With over 10 years of research and development, our trunk injection systems and formulations are proven to give the best results when protecting trees from pests.
Oak wilt is a major disease problem on live oaks, Shumard oaks, Spanish oaks, water oaks, black jack oaks and other members of the red oak family. Vast areas of the Texas Hill Country have been devastated by the fungus that causes the disease called oak wilt. Researchers, foresters and Extension workers at Texas A&M University have developed a program to stop this needless loss of one of Texas’s most precious natural resources. This program is known as the “Eight Step Program to Oak Wilt Management.” When implementing any disease management program, it is important to start early in the disease development.
One of the main reasons consumers initially contact an arborist is to determine the cause of a plant problem or condition or to identify and treat a pest infestation. This is an area MTS arborists excel in due to the continual training they receive on the latest problems and disgnostic techniques. The support our arborists receive from the diagnostic facilities allows us to service our clients in a way our competitors cannot.
After carefully reviewing your plans and specifications, we provide you with economically sound engineering recommendations. Our geotechnical engineers and technicians monitor grading, site utility and sub-grade tasks by conducting appropriate tests to confirm material acceptability and compaction.
Our services begin with laboratory samples, sampled and delivered to our laboratory for analysis using only approved testing methods with state of the art equipment. Our laboratory will determine what necessary methods will be needed on your project to ensure a quality end product.
By conducting on-site tests and monitoring, we can analyze the suitability of soils for structural fill, determine the need for moisture adjustment, suggest alterations in construction equipment and procedures, evaluate the need for drainage, undercutting, stabilization for solution of problem surface soils and provide an overview of earth grading activities.
Fertilizing is an easy way to help your trees build stronger defenses against infection by adding an extra boost of minerals and nutrients which may not be otherwise present in the soil. Root zone aeration is used in situations where the soil surrounding a tree has been severely compacted. Soil compaction is often a by-product of construction, but it can also be caused by many years of foot traffic and car traffic, among other things. Compacted soil does not allow roots to readily absorb nutrients, rather, the ‘food’ that the tree needs runs off the surface of the soil. Our soil injection fertilizing both provides needed nutrients to the compacted soil and aerates the soil at the same time, enabling better nutrient absorption.
Cables and brace rods are supplemental structural supports intended to reduce the risk of failure of weak branches and multiple stems. Cables generally consist of extra high strength steel and are attached to bolts installed in the upper crown of a tree. They are intended to limit the movement of the supported branches so they are less likely to fail during storms. Braces are thread rod that are installed through unions of weak branches and multiple stems to provide more rigid support from torsional (twisting) forces that can occur in violent weather. Bartlett Tree Experts developed cabling and bracing procedures in the early twentieth century that are the industry standards and still used today.
Most arborists and tree companies would rather save trees than remove trees, but the fact is that trees are living organisms and at some point a tree will die and tree removal will be necessary. Most tree service companies are equipped with the proper equipment and professional arborists to safely remove trees. This is often the best time to find a local tree removal service. Depending on the size and location of the tree, tree removal can be quite dangerous and requires skills, equipment, and experience that most do-it-yourself homeowners do not possess. If you have a large tree to remove, hiring a professional tree removal service to do the work is almost certainly your best option.
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Most people associate mistletoe with fond memories at Christmas. But this parasitic plant can threaten the health of trees in your yard. Mistletoe appears as green, leafy clumps on the branches of trees and causes harm by absorbing water and nutrients. A few clumps can go untreated, but if your deciduous tree begins to look more like an evergreen in winter, then it's time to take some action.
Palm trees are perfect for adding a tropical touch to your garden. But to keep your palms looking their best, make sure you know exactly what they need. There's not a one-size-fits-all answer -- it all depends on the type of palm you grow. First, determine where you plan on placing your palm. Then, use this guide to help determine what palm will thrive in that spot. The better you can make your plot, the happier your palm will be.