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We offer you a wide array of tree care and management services, including:

  • Tree removal and replacement
  • Stump removal
  • Tree trimming and pruning
  • Root collar examination and soil aeration and decompaction
  • Cabling, bracing and lightning protection
  • Consulting and hazard tree assessment
  • Organic plant health care
  • Fertilization and soil health programs
  • Organic lawn care
  • Insect and disease control

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Top Ten Tree Problems

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Improper Mulching

Proper mulching is one of the best cultural practices for trees and shrubs. However improper mulching is presently an epidemic and can lead to serious problems. A good rule of thumb is to mulch wide and not deep. Mulching out to the drip line and beyond is great but in many circumstances is not practical. However, the wider the better. Never apply more then 2-4 inches of mulch. Keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk, never pile mulch against the trunk of the tree. Course textured organic mulches are best-they keep weeds and lawn cutting equipment away from trees, help conserve moisture, provide a slow release of nutrients, help condition the soil but allow air and water to circulate. If mulch is piled up against the trunk or is to deep, remove immediately. Beware of finely ground mulches, they can become matted; preventing air and water penetration.   

Improper Watering

Too much or too little water can be damaging. Newly planted trees and shrubs may need water every couple of days during periods of insufficient rain fall for the first couple of growing seasons. Make sure root ball is moist, you may need to check water penetration with a garden trowel  After establishment most trees and shrubs will only need watering during prolonged periods of drought. During periods of insufficient rain fall water deeply every 10-14 days. Again check water penetration with a garden trowel. Trees and shrubs should be on a separate watering zones then lawns. Lawns requirements for irrigation are more frequent. Trees and shrubs need to be watered deeply but not often. Watering them to often can cause serious disease issues.  

Improper Pruning

Simply cutting a branch off a tree is not pruning. An incorrectly pruned tree may take years to recover or may never recover causing severe decline or death of your trees. Beware of unprofessional, unknowledgeable crews and companies. Improper pruning which includes but is not limited to:

  • Improper pruning wounds or pruning cuts, not understanding natural target pruning, or the proper way to make a pruning cut. A pruning cut is a wound and a tree requires energy to close the wound. the wound can not close properly if the cut is incorrect. Unclosed wounds area a major cause of tree problems.
  • Removing too much live foliage and branches of the tree. Trees through the process of photosynthesis, produce its own food in its leaves. Removing too much live tissue can cause the tree not to have enough energy to carry out important processes such as defense against insect and disease, production of more leaves, normal vegetative growth and closure of wounds. A rule of thumb is not to remove more then 25% of the live foliage.
  • Improper pruning practices such as topping. Many people are concerned with the safety of their trees and  feel if they remove the tops of their trees they will be safer. This can not be more untrue. Topped trees can become more hazardous because of the development of decay in the areas of the topping. DO NOT TOP TREES!!!

Tree Spur Wounds on Trees.

Do not allow unprofessional and unknowledgeable tree crews damage your precious trees. Injury from spurs can cause pockets of decay which could effect the long term health of you trees. Tree spurs should only be used in removal or emergency situations. Before hiring a tree company for pruning, ask how workers will enter the tree. Tree spurs should never be used to prune trees.

Girdling Root Syndrome

Signs of girdling roots include: No visible root flare, thin or sparse canopy, off colored leaves, early fall color, premature leaf drop or flat spots on the trunk. This problem can be fatal. However, if the problem is detected early corrective treatments can be made by removing these roots carefully with a sharp chisel. Have your trees examined by a properly trained arborist or NJ State Certfied Tree Expert.

Soil Compaction

Symptoms or soil compaction can be similar to those of girdling root. They can include thin or sparse foliage, stunted growth, early fall color or premature leaf drop, off colored leave and a general low level of plant vigor. Compaction is a common problem of urban soils. Root growth is restricted and the availibility or water air and nutrients is limited resulting in a stressed plant. A soil probe, compaction meter or bulk density test can confirm your suspicions. An air spade can be used to relieve compaction safely in root zones and then mixing in compost and mulching with wood chips is the best remedy.

Trees Planted to Deep

Another major problem in our urban landscapes which is preventable is a tree planted too deep in the ground. When planting a tree first identify the trunk or root flare (the point on the tree where the roots spread out). This point should be visible after the tree is planted. It is better to plant a tree 2-3 inches to high then too deep. If the flare is not visible some soil may need to be removed around the top of the root ball. Remove excess back fill, never place soil back against trunk of the tree. Apply 2-4 inches of course textured organic mulch or wood chips however keep a few inches away from the trunk of the tree. Never pile mulch against trunk of tree (MULCH VOLCANOES).

Wrong Plant in the Wrong Location

Before planting any tree a number of factors should be consider which could save time, money, and resources. What function will the tree provide? Will the tree provide shade, is it planted for fruit production?  Will it screen an obstacle? How fast will the tree grow? What is the mature size of the tree? What is the form of the tree? How much room does the tree need to grow? Is there enough space for the canopy and root growth? What is the maintenance requirements of the tree? Will I be able to perform them or will I have to hire an arborist? What are the site conditions and will the tree adapt, prevailing wind, available sun light, soil type, moisture and drainage? Doing a little research on your tree before planting will help you make the proper choice.  Your new tree will thrive in its planting location and will give you a substantial return on your investment when plated properly.  Consult with a Certified Arborist or N.J. State Certified Tree Expert if you have questions..

Insect and Disease Problems

All plants have a basic requirement for light, water, and proper levels of nutrients. When these needs are not met, the tree will become stressed. Stressed trees are more prone to insect and disease attack because their natural defenses are weakened. Not all insect and disease problems are serious. Many are cosmetic and cause very little concern.  However, others are much more serious and could cause severe problems or death. If you notice any irregularities in your trees or shrubs such as holes the leaves, holes in branches and trunk, discolored leaves or blotches, raised areas on leaves and trunk, or a plant which just does not look vigorous it is best to call a Certified Arborist or Tree Expert to examine the situation and give proper advice.

Failure to Have Trees Inspected Regularly

Most people call an arborist only after they are concerned something is wrong with their trees. Many times the cause of the concern is a minor problem. However, other times the problem may be more complex or the tree can not be saved because the problem has gone undectected for too long. Like human health, the key to tree health is early detection. Trees should be inspected minimally every year. More often after severe weather like high wind events, accumulation of large amounts of snow or ice on trees, after prolong periods of drought, or after there has been a desturbance in the root zone.  The whole tree system should be examined- leaves, branches, trunk, root flare and roots, if possible. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to a substantial return.  Healthy trees are attractive and can add significant value to your property.