We are not impressed with idle, non-discriminant applications. Many factors determine our application methods and techniques. We constantly adjust products and equipment to improve efficiency. We monitor the weather and react to conditions ensuring a timely, effective application. Our technicians are keen in recognizing potential issues and implementing solutions. Our arsenal of knowledge allows us to react with confidence and results.
Each of our technicians has years of experience in the green industry. We have chosen this career because we want to provide the most responsible use of product and supply the most desirable results. We are all very environmentally aware and strive to be stewards of our surroundings. We see the big picture and realize what we do on a local level impacts the greater environment. Conscious applications are our goal.
Our technicians are not afraid to think outside the box. We constantly research and test products and equipment. We exceed our continuing education requirements. This gives us a real hands on approach in providing the latest products and application methods. Not all solutions work the same from case to case. We are prepared to swiftly alter our approach for optimal results.
Not many employees sit around the water cooler and discuss the ph of it. We do. So many conditions can affect the products we use. A real passion for our work makes the analysis of every detail fun. We evaluate water sources for mixing product, we test soil temperatures and moisture levels, we are conscious of honey bee decline, we observe on a cellular level, we spend ample time and utilize a network of resources to conclude the most accurate assessments, we frequent local schools and organizations as lecturers to increase awareness. It’s the little things that can have a large impact. We do not scrutinize these factors or blatantly put ourselves in the public eye because we have to, we do it because we love it. The science behind our applications are constantly changing and it takes more than training to be a responsive applicator… it takes pride.
We only apply in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Properly timed applications give our customers a green and weed free lawn. We recommend a 5-application program, however, customers may choose as many applications as they desire to fit their budget. We also have organic lawn care programs for customers desiring a chemical free lawn.
Aeration allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the root zone and relieves compaction. This should be done a minimum of once a year in spring or fall. Coring is good for new lawns, lawns that tend to brown easily in hot periods, and lawns that do not absorb water well after heavy rains.
Overseeding is most beneficial in combination with core aeration. We use a turf type tall fescue and apply at appropriate rates dependent on site requirements. Slit seeding is also an option for troublesome bare spots and slopes. Let our technicians advise you in finding the best solution to fit the needs of your lawn.
The soil is the most important factor as a vector for turf health. We can field test and analyze the elements and pH of your soil to formulate our applications specific to your soil type. We can recognize advantageous life forms and either nurture or increase these soil building benefactors.
We only use the highest grade formulations available. We provide the most efficient products for your hard earned dollars. Our synthetic and organic fertilizers are selected exclusively for our area.
We understand every plant is an individual and our maintenance schedule is customized accordingly. Your plants will be nurtured to a state of optimal vigor. We use only organic products in our landscape maintenance services. Nurturing the soil is key to plant health. Years of experience with our local soils have led us to an extensive knowledge of amendments that really work for our stubborn clay soil. Estate and postage stamp landscape management services are available. .
We are leaders in trunk injection techniques and formulations. Injection is an effective and environmentally safe method of treating trees for insects and disease. Injections are inserted at the base of the tree. The treatment is then distributed throughout the tree's entire vascular system. We use this process for prevention and remediation of the emerald ash borer.
We all remember being rained upon by sticky substances falling from tulip trees in the summer of 2012. This messy insect can have catastrophic effects on our native state tree and magnolias causing major branch dieback and eventual death of the host if populations are large enough. They spend the majority of their lives on the outer stems sucking fluids from the tissue of the tree. This pest needs to be dealt with immediately using our trunk injection services.
Many species of beetle can affect a variety of trees and shrubs. A common beetle in Monroe Co. is the white pine bark beetle. You may notice a branch that has turned brown on your pine tree, a week later you may notice half of the tree is brown. This is a clear sign of bark beetle. Inspect the trunk and look for tiny pin holes with frass (sawdust) tubes sticking out of the holes. This is the entry hole of the beetle and it is restricting the flow of the vascular system causing the decline. This voracious pest will cause rapid death of a pine in a matter of weeks. Close attention to historical migration and hot spots allow us to suggest preventative actions or remediation.
During July and August, bagworms may defoliate arborvitae, junipers and other trees and shrubs. Bagworms are caterpillars that live inside spindle-shaped bags which they construct to protect themselves against birds and other enemies. These bags, composed of silken threads and bits of foliage, look so much like a part of the tree that they may go unnoticed until extensive damage has occurred. Bagworms are common throughout the state and can be controlled with insecticides or dormant oils.
Tentworms are insects that begin their lives in a small brown egg mass on the branch of a tree. When these 300 or so tentworms hatch they travel to a crotch where they quickly spin an unsightly web. Tentworms should be treated as soon as possible because they can spread exponentially from one season to the next. Since they hatch in early spring when the leaves begin to break the buds, a well-timed application will help control an otherwise overwhelming invasion.
Spider mites are one of the more difficult groups of landscape pests to control. Infestations are easiest to control when detected early, before the mite populations have reached very high levels. Spider mite damage is most evident on evergreens like Alberta spruce. Small brown spots that increase in size daily are a good indicator of a mite infestation. A specific application of miticide works well in prevention and control.
The Boxwood Psyllid causes a cupping of the leaves on boxwood. The damage is unsightly and will distort the plant. In high numbers the Psyllid can cause drastic damage to a hedge. An application can be made to keep the colony on check. Have one of our technicians assess your boxwoods for treatment.
This is the most recognized invasive insect in our area. This unwanted guest can wreck a garden in a matter of days. This can be a tricky bug to combat. Reducing the population of grubs in the lawn will help not only the roots of the turf but the localized infestation when the adults typically emerge. This is only a band aid. The Japanese beetle adult can fly up to 2 miles after emerging so some preventative measures should be taken to reduce grazing on your prized landscape. We prefer an organic oil barrier that must be applied weekly during migration.
Like your fruit trees? Then watch out for this tiny Trojan horse. The ambrosia beetle likes most fruit bearing orchard trees and the young wood is highly susceptible. It has the typical entry hole of a borer, very small with frass tubes sticking out. Large populations will cut off vascular flow in the branches quickly. The real surprise is the fungus that grows in the entry hole introduced by the adult for the brood to feed upon. In the past, once the entry holes are packed with frass and the beetle is secluded from the outside world, you only had the choice of plant removal and disposal. Our trunk injection methods offer treatment solutions that will save your tree.
Oddly enough this insect primarily attacks only oak trees. It seeks out drought stressed oaks. The damage is from the flathead larval stage, where the larvae feeds in galleries just under the bark. Early signs of a problem are dieback of the upper canopy. It take 2-3 years for a tree to ultimately die, giving our injection specialists plenty of time to battle the Twolined Chestnut Borer. If your oaks are stressed from recent drought, we think it is imperative to deep root feed your Oak to help alleviate the conditions favorable to this invasive insect.
This is a bug to watch! It is very destructive, non-discriminately turning the wood of trees into Swiss cheese. It is not confirmed in our area but it will be soon. It is very large insect leaving dime sized entry holes. Preventative trunk injections are the best option to ward off the Asian Longhorn Beetle. As soon as this bug is a warranted threat we will post more information on our social media sites.
We are the authority in Monroe County on trunk injection in battling the ongoing wave of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Since the fall of 2012, when our team got the first confirmation in the city, we have successfully saved over 300 Ash trees and counting. This exotic invasive is a priority for us and we take it very seriously. Any tree left unprotected is at extreme risk of being infested and certain death will follow. A preventative injection, that lasts 2 years, is necessary if you live in the area and want to save your tree. Preventative treatment is always better than therapeutic. So don’t wait to treat! Our studies show that you can inject an ash tree for 20 years in place of the cost of removal and replanting. Contact our injection specialists to get a free assessment and quote today!