Insect and Disease control for Tree and Shrubs
In a natural forest setting nature has a set of checks and balances that keeps damaging insect populations under control. Many damaging pests have predatory insects and animals that feed upon them.
In the urban forest we plant many of the same trees that grow in the woods… however, we don’t bring along the biological pest predators that protect the trees!
The first step in controlling Tree pests… is through correct Diagnosis
Virtually every species of tree and shrub in the Denver Metro area has specific insect, disease and sometimes cultural problems associated with it. Knowing what type of plant you have, and it’s potential problems, makes diagnosis much easier. The certified arborists at Jones Tree & Lawn, Inc. have the necessary training, skills and knowledge to quickly diagnose the pest that is affecting your trees and shrubs.
Once the problem has been identified… a course of action can then be taken. Some problems are very obvious. The leaves may be all chewed up, and there are bugs all over the tree! Other problems can be less apparent and may in fact be caused by other factors.
Take Ash borer for instance.
You may see holes in the trunk and evidence of the insect, but the underlying cause is that the tree is under stress. Ash borer only attacks stressed trees. If you keep your Ash tree vigorous and healthy… you won’t have a problem with Ash borers. Proper treatment for an Ash with borers might be to spray at the proper time to stop further borer injury… and to try to get the tree to grow vigorously, possibly through a scheduled fertilization program and proper watering.
There are some rather generic plant pests, like aphids and mites that feed on many different species of plants. These generic pests can be controlled any time they are noticed and appear to be affecting the plants. Some insects and diseases that are specific to certain plant types generally have a small window of opportunity in their life cycle that they can be controlled with chemical or biological sprays.
Knowledge of plant Pests and their life cycles is essential for good Control
As you can see… plant pest control is not as easy as it seems. The “Grab some bug spray and get after it” approach may not be valid. Knowing the plant, it’s problems, and how best to control it’s pests are essential before taking action.
The experts at Jones Tree & Lawn, Inc. have the necessary experience and knowledge to properly diagnose insect and disease pests on your trees and shrubs. Give us a call at 303-431-8132 to schedule your free tree spraying estimate.
There are many informative articles on our Resources page that deal with insect and disease pests here in the Denver Metro area.