Nashville plant health care
plant health care of Nashville

Plant Health Care in Nashville and Middle TN

Unlike human medicine, millions and  billions of dollars are not poured into research so plant medicine tends to  lag behind.   Often there is only so much we can do to "fix" trees when they get into trouble. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

I know you have heard this before.  It is much easier to keep a healthy tree healthy than to rescue one from the jaws of death.  Ever heard of the "spiral of decline"?  It is the slippery slope  trees get on when they are in trouble which makes it difficult to rescue them. When seeking help for your tree problem, its best to remember that there are  NO Silver Bullets . No easy one step fixes.   You should scrutinize anyone asking a high dollar amount who claims he can save your tree by making a simple injection - for example.  Beware of the snake oil salesman! Lots and lots of snake oil in the green industry. Saving a tree takes a concerted effort which requires homeowner participation.  Some problems are easy to solve.   Other times, there is nothing we can do other than keep the patient comfortable.  Ultimately, its going to be up to the tree itself to survive - but we are there to help all we can!  And yes! miracles can happen!

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

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INSECT AND DISEASE

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Most insect and disease vectors are:
  • Host specific meaning they only attack a certain type or types of trees.  Yellowneck caterpillars feed on Pin oak trees for example (left). 
  • Have specific life cycles so timing of treatment must be based on the life cycle of the pest - this is important for success!  Oakworms feed in the summer months for example.
  • Seek out trees which are already in a weakened condition.Forms of treatment are spraying, trunk injection and soil drenching or 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

A big part of plant health care is to 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.  As it tends to move through the root zone of plants easily, it is often in short supply.  Nitrogen makes green leaves greener and promotes growth.  The more research which is done on tree fertilization the more the realization that Nitrogen may not be the answer for old trees and those that are in trouble.

The new "breed" of fertilizers for tree rely on biostimulants which feed microorganisms in the soil, the vitamin B complex which stimulates roots and enzymes which stimulate plant metabolism.

Plant Growth Regulators

Paclobutrazol was originally developed as a fungicide.  It inhibits the development of a plant hormone know as Gibberellin which controls shoot elongation in plants.  It was thus developed as a plant growth regulator for the line clearing industry.  A little more study revealed that if the plant was no longer producing Gibberellins then it had additional resources it could use for other things such as more chlorophyll, more roots, and more defense compounds.

A tree treated with Pacloburazol has smaller thicker greener leaves, greater production of  feeder roots and more leaf hairs.  In addition to merely limiting the  growth of trees, 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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