a better approach to tree care
Traditionally, a diseased tree would be harshly pruned or removed. While this type of treatment can still become necessary, revolutionary new approaches to tree care have meant a host of options is now available to protect, treat, and sometimes cure valuable trees. Pesticide applications such as trunk-injections mean we can eliminate a harmful insect, while protecting helpful insects such as Honey Bees. New fertilization technology means we can safely fertilize a tree in need, while avoiding chemical runoff that impacts our water table and water ways. Plant growth regulators can allow us to slow or even stop new growth of a tree that may otherwise need to be removed due to its location. We believe in an integrated approach to tree care, using a combination of cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls in a way that most benefits our clients, our community, and our environment.
What is trunk injection?
A small plug, called the Arborplug® , is inserted into a drilled hole in the tree. A needle is inserted through the Arborplug and the treatment is injected. A precise dose of formulation is injected directly inside the transport system the tree. Formulations are quickly distributed through the trunk, branches and leaf tissue. The Arborplug keeps the injected formulation inside the tree and it stays inside the tree with no adverse reactions. The tree grows right over the Arborplug. Arborjet Trunk injection is used by the USDA Forest Service, city foresters, resorts, and researchers.
Emerald Ash Borer Treaments
The invasive Emerald Ash Borer was introduced to Western Pennsylvania in 2012. Since then, it has devastated native Ash trees across the state. Without treatment, 99% of native Ash trees infested die. Luckily, systemic tree-trunk injections of pesticides such as Mectinite have been found to be up to 87% effective at eliminating infestations, and lasts up to 2 years between treatments. Additionally, depending on the size of the tree and extent of the infestation, treatments can be as little as 1/5th the price of a tree removal! Click here to learn more about trunk injection pesticide treatments!
Oak Wilt treatments
Oak Wilt is a fungal disease that is relatively new to Southeast Pennsylvania, caused by the fungi Ceratocystis fagacearum. This disease can kill susceptible Oak trees in a matter of weeks, while trees with some resistance can decline over several years before ultimately succumbing to the disease. Although it is impossible to eradicate the fungi once present, trees suffering from Oak Wilt can be treated with systemic fungicide injections that can prolong the lifespan of the infected tree. It is therefore crucial to treat healthy, uninfected Oak trees for Oak Wilt before infection. Treatments of systemic fungicides such as Propizol can help to protect an otherwise susceptible tree for 2-6 years, depending upon specific circumstances.
Soil Fertilizer Injections
Traditionally, fertilizers have been applied to landscapes via a "broadcast" method, spreading a relatively even amount of fertilizer across the entirety of the landscape. However, treatments of this nature can be harmful to the environment (due to leaching of excess fertilizer into the water table) and wasteful (significantly more fertilizer is needed to achieve the same results as the injection method). Soil root injections are a cost effective, and more environmentally friendly way to encourage the growth and vigor of the trees and shrubs in your landscape. In this method, small amounts of liquid fertilizer are injected directly into the root-uptake zone, minimizing chemical leaching while providing your plants with the nutrients they require!