Our Plant Health Care division offers a variety of services to revitalize, care for, and maintain your trees and shrubs. If you are unsure of what service your lawn is in need of, one of our friendly lawn care technicians will conduct an inspection of your property and identify problem areas, what is causing the damage, and create a customized treatment plan.
Prior to starting any fertilization program, it is highly recommended that soil samples from throughout the landscape are taken and sent out to be analyzed. By accurately determining the soil pH and nutrient levels present, we can design a program based on the needs of your plants.
Our tree and shrub fertilization program consists of 2 deep root fertilizer applications, one in the spring, and one in fall. Spacing out the fertilizer injections allows for consistent nutrient availability at the times when your plants expend the most energy and need it most. We utilize a high-quality complete fertilizer that contains all of the macronutrients utilized by your plant material. By injecting the fertilizer directly into the tree's root zone we ensure that the trees can take in the nutrients efficiently. Maintaining strong and vigorous plants through fertilization and proper cultural practices is the key to reducing infection and infestation from opportunistic fungi and insects.
As landscape plants age they will inevitably become stressed which will allow opportunistic pests to take hold and begin feeding and reproducing on your valuable trees and shrubs. As there is a wide spectrum of insects and mites active at many different times of the season, one treatment is typically not enough to effectively suppress these pests throughout the year. We will determine exactly what is needed to manage the problems specific to your plants, and we will only apply treatments if they are necessary. Our lawn care technicians are also trained to provide grub control to ensure your ornamentals are pest-free.
Unlike your lawn, where a single fungicide treatment can be applied to halt the progress of a fungus, disease control is far more complex when it comes to your trees. Knowledge of the plant pathogens, as well as the host plants, is key to diagnosing and managing disease activity on your landscape plants. Once your lawn care technician identifies the issue, they can determine how many treatments are necessary to effectively suppress the symptoms of the disease. However, there are many diseases that have no effective chemical control such as root diseases and wood-decaying fungi.
Winter burn can be devastating to your costly broadleaf evergreens such as boxwoods, hollies, cherry laurels, and even rhododendrons. Anti-desiccant treatments are applied in the late fall/early winter and form a thin film over the foliage of the plants. This helps prevent moisture loss from the foliage, which in turn will help prevent winter damage and windburn.
Certain insect pests that can attack your ornamentals are difficult to control with traditional spray treatments and are better handled by using soil-injected systemic insecticides. This is true for pests such as boxwood leaf miner, certain soft scales, lace bug, and even hemlock wooly adelgid are more effectively controlled in this manner. A metered amount of the insecticide is injected into the soil around the base of the plant, and then the plant will uptake the material. When the insects continue to feed they will ingest the chemical and control will be obtained.
This application will treat ornamental pest problems as Scale, Aphids, and fall Web Worms and control diseases such as Blight, Rust, and Powdery Mildew.
Certain types of diseases can be very difficult to diagnose through visual inspection alone. When plant diseases such as these are suspected we recommend sending out samples to the lab to have them accurately diagnosed. This ensures proper measures can be taken to treat the fungus or prevent the spread to other susceptible plants in the landscape.
Nothing is worse than taking time to choose the right tree care company, waiting weeks for service, and then hating the results. At Healthy Lawn, we get it right the first time! Not only do we complete our first service within 5-7 business days, but our ornamental care is backed by our 100% total satisfaction guarantee! We stand behind our work and offer free service calls in between treatments.
In addition to trees and shrubs care in Central New Jersey, we can utilize the air spade to help reduce root damage in construction situations where utilities must be run in close proximity to valued street trees. Rather than cutting through the roots as the utility companies will most likely do, we can excavate a trench using the air spade for them to run the utilities without causing damage to the tree's root system. Large-scale cutting of roots during construction will typically result in tree mortality and a costly bill to have the trees removed down the line. Please call us if you are informed of any utility digging to be done on your property so we may help preserve your trees.
We proudly offer tree care in Central New Jersey, including the following locations: