Nashville plant health care
plant health care of Nashville

Plant Health Care in Nashville and Middle TN

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

It is much easier to keep a healthy tree healthy - than to pull it out of the "spiral of decline".  This is the slippery slope  trees are on when they are in trouble. Saving a tree takes a concerted effort and often requires homeowner participation.  Like human health, some problems are easy to solve - others aren't. Ultimately, its up to the tree itself to survive.

Plant Health Care is a big arena.  Areas of focus are:  Insect and Disease treatments; Abiotic factors; Fertilization; Plant growth regulators; and watering and mulching.

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INSECT AND DISEASE

Bagworm, Tree health, tree doctor, sick tree, tree problems, tree spraying.

Most insect and disease vectors are:
  • Host specific meaning they only attack a certain type or types of trees.  Bagworms most often attack evergreens. Arborvitae are attacked most frequently(left). 
  • Have specific life cycles so timing of treatment must be based on the life cycle of the pest - this is important for success! Bagworms hatch from eggs in the middle of May for example.
  • Seek out trees which are already in a weakened condition. Although that is not the case for the bagworm which can aggressively attack healthy trees. Forms of treatment are spraying, trunk injection and soil injection.

Abiotic

Problems which arise from the environment and not caused by living things such as insects or diseases are called abiotic.  Soil compaction, Air pollution, Nutrient deficiencies are examples of Abiotic factors.

Fertilization

Fertilization provide trees with the nutrients and compounds they need to metabolize and grow.  In the past a great deal of emphasis was placed on the element Nitrogen.  Nitrogen makes green leaves greener and promotes growth.  It tends to move through the root zone rapidly, often making it in short supply.  ; As more research is done on tree fertilization the more the realization that a lot of Nitrogen may not be the answer for old trees and those that are in trouble.

A new "breed" of fertilizers in tree care are the biostimulants. These include benifical bacteria, Humic acid that feeds soil microorganisms, the vitamin B complex which stimulates root growth and enzymes which aid in the uptake of water and nutrients. Biostimulants are oten added to traditional fdertilizer

Plant Growth Regulators

Paclobutrazol was originally developed as a fungicide.  It inhibits the development of the plant hormone Gibberellin which controls shoot elongation in plants.  A little more study revealed that if the plant was no longer producing Gibberellin then it had additional resources to use for things such as more chlorophyll, denser finer roots, and more defense compounds.

A tree treated with Pacloburazol has smaller thicker greener leaves, more feeder roots and more leaf hairs.  In addition limiting the  growth of a tree, stressed trees can be treated with Paclobutrazol to improve chances for recovery and survival.  Trees damaged by construction are good candidates for paclobutrazol.  A very useful tool for the Arborist.  It is marketed under several labels: Cambistat, Profile and Shortstop.

     

 

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