Many people think of trees and shrubs as plant-it-and-forget-it, but they need care and regular maintenance just like the rest of your lawn and landscaping. In addition to regular pruning and watering, trees and shrubs can benefit from such services as deep root feedings, dormant oil applications, Wilt-Pruf anti-desiccant applications, insecticide, and fungicide. Failing to maintain your trees and shrubs properly can lead to insect and fungus infestation, disease, or just plain drying out. Contact Turf Tenders today to get an estimate on all the tree and shrub services we provide.
Deep Root Tree & Shrub Fertilization
Did you know that your trees and shrubs can get sick just like you do? At Turf Tenders, we provide deep root feeding service for your trees and shrubs. We use a fertilizer that’s injected into the root system (the soil around the roots) of the trees and shrubs, using specialized equipment. This is done at least once per year, in either the spring or fall, and helps the foliage to grow and look healthier. It also makes the tree or shrub stronger, less susceptible to disease, and less susceptible to insect damage.
We also provide a fungicide and insecticide to prevent damage from fungus and insects to your trees and shrubs. We have a series of insect and disease sprays and can do up to 4 applications. We treat the trees (foliage), canopies, and shrubs. The fungicide absorbs into the leaf tissue, stopping unsightly diseases that either harm the tree or shrub cosmetically or cause serious damage. We spray this until runoff and saturate the foliage. The insecticide kills both insects inside and outside of the tree. If the tree has a serious problem, we can do injections which travel up through the vascular system f the plant, traveling all the way to the leaves and killing any insects or fungi in its path.
Insect and disease prevention is accomplished by performing deep root feedings. You can think of deep root feedings sort of like the tree taking its vitamins. It gives the tree valuable nutrients that makes it easier to fend off disease and insects, much like a healthy diet or vitamin supplement helps people fend off disease. In short, a deep root feeding will help keep your tree from getting sick. The deep root feeding is injected anywhere from 18-24 inches deep, depending on the root system.
Turf Tenders provides both a spring and fall dormant oil. This is a horticultural oil that we spray on trees after their leaves fall. It’s a refined oil that kills insect eggs by suffocating them. It also prevents insects from overwintering. The oil can’t be sprayed directly onto leaves, so you need to wait until they drop or before they come in. Because the oil works by suffocating insects, it can also suffocate your leaves and flowers, so it’s imperative that it’s only applied to dormant plants. Dormant oil is most commonly used on fruit trees, roses, and any trees or shrubs that had trouble with an infestation the previous season.
Turf Tenders uses mainly horticultural oil, which coats and smothers overwintering insects and eggs. These oils are non-toxic to the tree, and don’t allow the insects a chance to build up a resistance. Dormant oils can also be mixed as a base with other insecticides or fungicides. Because dormant oils are non-toxic, you can feel good using them around your pets and family.
Dormant oil is most commonly applied in December and February. The ideal temperature for most oils is above 50° F.
This is an anti-desiccant spray that has a wax-like consistency. Wilt-Pruf is clear, colorless, and flexible, and doesn’t affect plant growth or respiration. Your trees and shrubs will still be able to breathe and perform photosynthesis. It protects the tree from drying out in the winter, preventing unnecessary stress due to lack of water. This application is an alternative to wrapping your trees in unsightly burlap. Frozen soil deprives plants of moisture intake, and Wilt-Pruf helps hold moisture in the plant. Wilt-Pruf can also be used to reduce moisture-loss due to other factors like drought, transplant shock, and windburn. It’s derived from the resin of pine trees, and comes in a concentrate and a ready-to-use spray container. Best of all, Wilt-Pruf applications are non-hazardous to you, so you can have peace of mind using this treatment on your trees and shrubs.
When you contract with us to take care of your trees and shrubs, you’re also contracting us to take care of you. We truly care about your wants and needs, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are satisfied with your service. In addition to our excellent customer service, we also offer expertise. Turf Tenders has over 30 years of experience in the lawn and tree and shrub care industry. Hiring a professional to take care of your landscaping ensures that you don’t waste valuable time and money on treatments and methods that don’t work. Save yourself the headache of accidentally killing your trees; contact Turf Tenders today for an estimate. Our arbor program starts out at $49 per treatment.