Abiotic Disorders of Trees

Shade trees contract many kinds of diseases, some of which can kill or greatly disfigure a tree, predispose it to storm or other damage or make it susceptible to other disease agents. All diseases develop over time, and this is what distinguishes them from simple injuries. Diagnosing diseases requires keen observation of symptoms (plant responses) […]

Business Of PHC, Part 9: Navigating Regulatory Requirements

It’s not uncommon to feel confident in your ability to dismantle a dead tree with heavy equipment and complicated rigging, but at the same time to feel insecure about your ability to diagnose and nurse a sick tree back to health with chemical-based treatments. For the arborist considering adding plant health care (PHC) to their […]

Business of PHC, Part 8: PHC Pruning That Saves Trees

Is structural pruning really plant health care? Given that it can save trees from being prematurely removed from the landscape, it clearly is PHC, and may be one of the more important PHC practices. In some cases, a single pruning cut can save a tree from catastrophic failure later in life (Photo 1). How many […]

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 […]

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