Just like the people, trees in Northern Virginia can benefit from a quality tree health management program, also known as plant healthcare. But you may wonder what tree health management is, what it can accomplish, and if it’s really worth the effort.
Effective plant and tree healthcare is a collection of strategies for preventing and optimally treating tree health issues, and it’s definitely worth the effort.
Making sure your trees are healthy now is the best way to make sure they stay healthy later. A plant and tree health management program does this by focusing on:
- Disease Prevention & Treatment
- Pest Prevention & Treatment
- Tree & Plant Nutrition
Let’s learn how plant healthcare achieves each of these.
Tree Health Management Prevents Disease
All living things are at risk of infections and disease, and your trees and plants are no different. Every day, your trees are threatened by fungal spores, viruses, and bacteria that can harm them. While healthy trees can often fight these pathogens off with a healthy immune system, some factors can make your trees and plants more susceptible to illness. These factors can be addressed as part of a plant healthcare and tree health management program. They include:
- Cultural stressors such as under and overwatering and heat stress
- Root issues due to soil compaction, oversaturation, or lack of nutrients
- Wounds due to accidents or pruning
An effective plant healthcare program works to prevent diseases by addressing cultural factors that can make your trees more likely to get sick and offering treatments if necessary.
We should mention that not all diseases are treatable, especially in later stages. That’s why regular inspections are especially important for getting a jump on diseases and preventing them before they happen.
Tree Health Management Prevent Pests
Another critical aspect of plant health care and tree health management is pest prevention. As with diseases, healthy trees and plants can usually withstand some level of pest infestation. However, if left unchecked, some infestations can swell to levels your trees can’t tolerate, affecting their overall health and growth.
While some infestations, such as emerald ash borer or bronze birch borer, can mean death for your trees and require eventual removal, many serious pest outbreaks can be controlled if caught early.
It’s essential to have your trees and shrubs inspected regularly by a plant healthcare expert to assess them for potential pest problems. Early intervention can curb pest activity, and if treatment is necessary, early detection means the issue can be addressed before it becomes a significant health problem for your trees.
Do you want to know more about identifying Virginia tree pests? You can use this guide to forest pests from Fairfax County.
Tree Health Management Maximizes Nutrition
Proper nutrition is essential for keeping your trees healthy and is an integral part of any tree health management program. When your trees have all the nutrients they need, they are better equipped to fight off pests and diseases than when they’re malnourished. Nutrition helps your trees and plants thrive.
Trees often need a little help to ensure they’re receiving all the nutrition they need. Due to construction needs for clean, fill dirt, many of our residential soils lack the nutrients plants need and are too compacted for roots to absorb them.
When soil needs help, fertilization and soil conditioning from a qualified tree service will help your trees grow, stay healthy, and fight off potential pests and diseases. To keep your trees and plants healthy, your soil should be assessed for nutrients and overall quality, starting with a sample.
Once you assess which nutrients your soil lacks, a fertilizer regimen can be implemented. Additionally, the compaction of your soil can be evaluated, and if necessary, it can be aerated to allow more oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the roots while improving root development and growth.
Do You Need Plant Healthcare for Your Virginia Trees?
Absolute Tree Service can help your Fairfax and Arlington County trees stay healthy by keeping them pest and disease-free and ensuring they have all the nutrients they need. Call us at 703-969-6207 today!
For the Absolute Best Tree Service in Northern Virginia, call Absolute Tree Today!
Author Profile: Ashley Davis
Over the last 19 years, Absolute Tree has grown a reputation as one of the premier tree service companies in the Northern Virginia areas. And there’s a good reason for this—we love trees and our passion for them shows. When you call on Absolute Tree for tree service, you aren’t just getting “some guys who cut down trees.” You’re hiring highly skilled arborists who understand the growth of trees and consider tree care an art form.
Swing in each month for new articles, pest alerts, local resources, tree care tips, tree health updates, and landscape maintenance ideas