Gloomy Scale treatments on Maple trees- This bug has really been attacking Maples in our area. It is considered an armored scale and it reproduces very aggressively. If you have seen Maple trees with black trunks they are heavily infested. The growth of the tree become stunted and as the bug continues reproducing the tree will eventually start dying from the tips of the limbs down. We have had good success in treating this pest. We stay in contact with some of the lead researchers at NCSU to make sure that we are using the most effective treatments for the health of the tree.
Deep Root Liquid Fertilization- A liquid injection of slow release fertilizer directly into the ground at the depth of the feeder roots. This accomplishes multiple things. First it gives good nutrition directly where the feeder roots are. It also helps loosen the compaction of the soil so the roots can continue developing.
Bagworm treatments- Bagworms are a huge problem on Evergreen trees and shrubs. They form an ornament shaped cocoon and typically hatch around June 1st in the Triangle. If left untreated they can eat all of the foliage of the Evergreen tree and if an Evergreen doesn’t have any green it dies. Treatment for this pest is best done right after they hatch when the bug is small and most succeptable.
Phytopthora treatments- Phytophthora is a tough disease and our clay soils make it tougher. This is a fungal disease that literally causes the roots of the tree to rot.
Mites – This is another pest that can really mess up the landscape. There are multiple types and some of them are active in different seasons. Don’t worry we can help monitor your plants and treat as nescesary.
Borers- Typically a secondary bug. Meaning your tree is usually stressed by something. Possibly drought stress, construction stress, a lightning strike or something else. The borers pick up on stress scents and attack a tree. They typically bore into a tree and make galleries which can cut through the vascular system of the tree.