Plant Care

What is Plant Care?

Plant care is a comprehensive service designed to manage the health, structure, and appearance of plants to protect them from threatening pests and the bacteria that can cause diseases. Arbor Care's programs emphasize the importance of a healthy root structure and focus on proactively improving the condition and vigor of plants. As with all living things, they need the proper nutrients in order to become immune to a variety of diseases; even a healthy plant can succumb to an infestation. We develop an Integrated Pest Management Program that is specifically designed for each individual property. This method controls plant pests by combining biological, cultural, mechanical, physical, and/or chemical management strategies.

Why is Plant Care Needed?

Studies have shown that the landscape is one of the first recognizable features of any property. One that's well designed and maintained can add tremendous value to any home, but in order for homeowners to safeguard their investment, it's essential that they maintain the health and appearance of the trees and shrubs that make up that landscape. Remember, it is more cost effective to preserve the health and vigor of plants than it is to remove and replace them. This not only protects the investment, but it's beneficial overall to the landscape and the surrounding environment. Arbor Care has designed specific treatments and programs to cover all plant and tree care service needs. Below are potential problems that may arise:

  • Mature Plant Material: Just like humans, plants become more susceptible to disease as they grow older. Evaluating and treating mature trees requires a different process than that of an undeveloped tree. This may include deep-root feeding the tree with a specially designed fertilizer or a foliar spray injection.
  • New Construction: If a property has been constructed over the last 15 years, it's likely that the top soil has been stripped away and replaced with large amounts of compacted fill dirt. This dirt contains few nutrients, is not conducive to sustaining healthy plant material, and can cause multiple issues ranging from poor drainage to low pH levels. All these factors combined can result in the poor health or even death of the plant material itself.
  • Pre-Construction: Many people decide to build on wooded lots because they give homeowners the ability to integrate mature trees into the landscape. However, there is a high possibility that trees may be damaged during the clearing and construction of the property. The most critical damage is often unseen: the destruction of the fibrous roots. This causes trees to go into rapid decline, and if left untreated, many of them die before construction is even complete.
  • Declining Plant Material: Occasionally, homeowners may notice that some of the plant material appears to be struggling. This is the time to bring in the professionals at Arbor Care. Most of the stressed plant material is not noticed until it is in deep decline; therefore, the sooner evaluations can be done, the faster it can be assessed and any necessary treatment provided.

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Testimonials

We have been using Arborcare for a year and a half. Our landscaper John Gordon suggested Ritchie and Arborcare since he knows how fanatical I am about my trees and plants. Since signing up with them we have not been disappointed! My trees and plants not only survived last year's harsh winter but looked even more lush and healthy! They actually do what they claim they are going to do! Arborcare does the monthly check up and takes care of any problem they find. When you call them they arrive promptly and always have a solution. For a reasonable fee they do complete plant and tree care, which in the long term saves us substantial time and money. A number of my neighbors are now using Arborcare based on our recommendation. We are very pleased with the quality, value and service”

- Kenny and Ellen Schnabel