Business of PHC, PART 7 Soil Amendments: An Arborist’s Prescription for Healthy Trees

As most arborists know, one of the fundamental building blocks for healthy trees and shrubs is healthy, balanced soil. Sometimes all it takes is a quick look at the condition of a client’s trees to see that something is off. Other times, the causes of poor fruit production, stunted growth or an overall lack of […]

Soil Amendments for Improved Plant Health

As a company delves into PHC, exploring the potential to be tree physicians rather than just tree morticians (general tree care), the array of possibilities can be overwhelming. The initial tendency is to focus on ways to control key insects or diseases that may show visible signs or symptoms on your customers’ properties. However, abiotic […]

Strike Two for Elms

Given the hundreds of thousands of elms already lost in the last 100 years to Dutch elm disease, it seems unfair that the Ulmus genus should face a new enemy so soon. But the world of invasives isn’t fair, and a new threat has reared its head: elm zigzag sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda). This insect is […]

Business of PHC, Part 6: Diagnostics Is a Critical Component of Plant Health Care

Diagnosing the cause of plant problems is one of the foundational components of all plant-health-care programs. Without knowing the fundamental cause of a plant’s problem, it is highly unlikely that a successful remediation strategy can be designed and implemented. Environmental factors of the non-living world – abiotic factors – and those of the living world […]

The “ABC”S of Moving Large Trees

If you’re thinking of getting into the business of moving large trees, there are three things to know: 1. It requires a lot of knowledge, skill and equipment. 2. It’s definitely not for everyone. 3. It can be lucrative. Regarding numbers one and three, for it to be lucrative, you must first be successful in […]

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