Your trees’ health matters in the long term. Guarantee the longevity of your trees with the experts at Green Drop. Our ISA-certified arborists know all the best practices and tips to keep trees healthy and avoid issues down the road.
When you need tree health care, look no further than our services, which include:
- Free yard consultation and examine
- RootBoost Fertilization
- Pest Identification
- Disease Diagnosis
- Personalized treatment plans from our certified arborists
It’s time for preventative health care for your trees from Green Drop. Get a free estimate from our team today!
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Maintain Your Trees’ Lifespan
When you spot a dead tree branch or notice a ton of insects on your tree, it’s easy to know that you need to intervene to protect your trees and the rest of your lawn. But sometimes, tree health issues aren’t as easily noticeable. Working with a professional gives you a knowledgeable eye, so no problem goes undetected.
Healthy trees keep your yard looking beautiful and improve the environment overall. Adding tree health services from Green Drop to your regular lawn services ensures that you, your family, your lawn, and your trees are safe from hazards like pests, disease, or soil issues.
What is Tree Health Care?
Tree health care, sometimes known as plant health care (PHC), is a holistic way to care for your trees. This kind of care seeks to prevent and address any issues affecting your trees' growth, structure, and lifespan.
Regular health care for your trees is essential to creating a lawn that looks how you want and stays healthy. At Green Drop, we use several methodologies to monitor and provide preventative treatments that keep your trees looking beautiful.
Why Tree Health Care is Important
It can be easy to overlook your trees’ health because you aren’t constantly examining them, you may not know what to look for, or you’re unsure where to start. But to keep your yard looking its best and your trees healthy, consider tree health regularly.
Consistent care for your trees can offer peace of mind that your trees aren’t suffering from a disease or infestation that could cause damage or dying branches. This protects you and your family from falling limbs.
It’s also helpful because a professional team knows when a tree might be inching too close to power lines or essential structures. Regular treatments give you control over proactive care and improve the overall health of a tree.
Enjoy Your Outdoor Spaces More
The aesthetic benefits of health care for your trees can’t be understated. When your trees look good, it’s easier to enjoy your lawn. Plus, you won’t have to worry about pests bothering you because you’ve taken care of your trees, eliminating the likelihood of infestations.
When your trees look good, you also add value to your home. People find the space more enjoyable, so whether bringing in visitors or thinking about selling, caring for your trees is essential to keeping your area inviting.
Reinforce the Environment
Beyond the aesthetics and safety benefits, regular tree care allows you to help the environment. Healthy trees put more oxygen into the air and help offset carbon emissions. They also help remove pollutants from the air, keeping air quality higher and offsetting issues that accompany climate change.
Since trees also support diverse ecosystems, healthy trees provide homes to animals and help mitigate soil erosion. These factors combine to create a healthier environment in your area without making extreme changes.
How Green Drop Supports Your Trees’ Health
At Green Drop, a team of expert arborists has assembled to provide you with the best care for your trees. With more than 20 years of industry experience, we’ve developed treatments and plans that are consistently effective and always tailored to your yard personally.
One of the best things you can do for your trees is to care for their roots. Roots anchor a tree and allow nutrients to be shared throughout the tree. The Green Drop team knows how essential root health is, so we’ve developed our signature RootBoost service to fertilize your trees.
Our arborists complete this seasonal service in the fall to encourage more robust trees. We’ll apply fertilizer directly to the roots leaving a surplus of nutrients that your trees can use every season. A systematic application process allows us to help your trees develop more vital root systems and resist disease.
Pest Identification & Treatment
When a professional arborist checks your trees, you can sigh in relief. Our team has the training to identify pests that might try to make themselves a home in your trees.
Identifying pests ensures you can manage any disease, mitigate infestations and damages, and make it easier for your trees to get the necessary nutrients.
After thoroughly examining your trees, we’ll develop a plan to treat your trees. Our treatment plans utilize integrated pest management strategies to keep your lawn looking its best. Some of these strategies include eco-friendly pesticide use, modifications in habitat, and biological controls. From there, our team will monitor your lawn regularly to ensure effectiveness and prevent future issues.
Diseases in trees can be challenging to treat and diagnose. That’s why you should never go it alone. Working with our team of ISA-certified arborists means you’ll have access to a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge technology that ensures your trees are healthier than ever.
Whether a disease is caused by environmental stressors, pests, or other microorganisms, we will develop a treatment plan based on scientific knowledge and best practices. Knowing your yard is essential since different conditions impact each tree species differently.
Spotting Healthy Trees: Signs Your Trees May Need Help
As a homeowner, you want to keep your trees healthy. But you might need to figure out what signs to look for or what makes for a healthy tree. Generally, you’ll see regular new growth and healthy leaves if your trees are healthy.
If you’re worried about your tree’s health, you can even break off a small twig from your tree to check its bendability and inside colour. A twig that snaps easily is usually dead, while a green twig inside is typically healthy. But there are plenty of other signs you can look for.
A Tree’s Trunk & Bark Can Tell You a Lot
When caring for your trees, some of the first things you’ll notice are the conditions of the bark and trunk because you can see both elements more easily. After all, they’re your trees' strongest defence. When you spot wounds in a trunk or notice that the bark of a tree is missing or cracked, you might need to worry about the health of your trees.
On the other hand, if you see a strong leader, your trunk is doing well and maintaining tree shape better. Additionally, if your tree is healthy, you’ll notice that as the tree grows, the bark gets replaced. If a tree loses bark and it doesn’t grow back, then your tree’s health may be in decline.
Keep an Eye on Tree Roots
Root maintenance is a non-negotiable since the root system provides all of the nutrients and stability for the tree. While the trunk and branches are above ground and susceptible to many types of illness or damage, the roots are shielded from extreme weather and other dangers because they’re underground.
This doesn’t mean a tree’s roots are in the clear. They can still face issues if the soil becomes contaminated or damaged because of construction. Additionally, if you notice broken roots above ground or small branches sprouting at the tree's base, you should pay close attention. These could be signs of damage or illness.
Environmental Stressors Can Put Your Tree at Risk
If your tree faces external stressors, it can be opened up to more long-term issues. Things like pest infestations and disease can take hold when a tree is damaged from a bad pruning job or flooding and other natural events.
When caring for your tree’s health, you should look to a professional arborist who understands your climate and soil. At Green Drop, we will help you identify any external stressors that affect your tree and create a plan to combat any issues.
What Are Regular Tree Health Care Costs?
Maintaining the health of your trees accrues a few different costs. You don’t have to commit to every type of service, but understanding tree healthcare costs is vital if you want to take care of your lawn and trees.
Tree Inspection Fees
When a trained professional visits your yard to examine your trees, there is generally some monetary aspect to the service. When you start with Green Drop, we offer a free lawn consultation to make it easier to care for your trees. After that, our exams are included in the pricing for any other services you undertake with us.
Pruning & Removal Costs
As your trees move through their lifespan, they’ll need regular pruning. We recommend it at least once every 3-5 years. Depending on the number of trees being pruned, how heavily they need to be cut, the height of your trees, and their location in your yard, the price of your service will vary. On average, you’ll spend between $500-$1000.
You’re a homeowner with a lawn, so you’ll likely need to consider removing a tree in your yard at some point. Much like pruning, the cost of tree removal varies because of factors like tree size or the placement of the tree near your home.
In these cases, we recommend consulting an arborist because our team can tell you if the removal is necessary. A professional will also explain how in-depth the process will be with a quote personalized to your yard. The average cost can range between $150 and $1500.
Pest & Disease Control
Keeping up with pest and disease control for your trees is a great way to avoid infestation and the potential safety risks from trees damaged by insects or bacteria. Monthly or quarterly costs for these services are much lower than removing a tree or paying for damage if a diseased limb falls. These costs will vary but start on the lower end.
Tree care is an essential part of lawn health. Tree trimming and fertilization treatments are included in this list and help you defend your yard. These monthly or quarterly costs help you maintain trees without needing to take emergency action or consider larger projects and their associated price tag. Instead of these more expensive options, have a professional from Green Drop check your trees regularly.
Healthier, More Beautiful Trees with Green Drop
You care about your trees and are ready to commit to healthcare services for the long haul. Whether you’re worried about your trees causing damage or just want to improve your environmental impact, you have many options for services.
Our team knows tree care best practices to create a plan for vibrant, long-lasting trees. We’re the solution you need for monthly maintenance and are ready to become your partner for years.
Contact our team today for your free estimate from the Green Drop arborists.
Tree Health Care FAQs
What is a tree risk assessment?
A tree risk assessment systematically evaluates a tree's health, structural integrity, and potential hazards it may pose to people, property, or other nearby trees. These assessments are generally carried out by professional arborists who recommend the appropriate path for management, maintenance, or removal. They examine a tree for signs of decay, disease, or structural defects and assess the probability of tree failure.
How do you check a tree's condition?
To check a tree's condition, look for the following:
- Overall tree appearance, including leaf size, colour, and density.
- Presence of dead or broken branches.
- Signs of disease or pests, including discoloured leaves, cankers, or insect damage.
- Trunk health, including visible wounds, cracks, or decay.
- Root system condition, note any visible damage, decay, or uplifting roots.
- Tree lean or changes in the tree's position over time.
How do you know if a tree is unhealthy?
A tree could be unhealthy if you notice any of the following:
- Wilted, discoloured, or prematurely falling leaves.
- Dead or dying branches.
- Cracks, splits, or decay on the trunk.
- Fungal growth, such as mushrooms or conks, on the tree or near its base.
- Pests or signs of infestation.
- Sparse or uneven canopy growth.
How can you tell if a tree has root rot?
A tree may have root rot if you notice discoloured, wilted, or stunted foliage; thinning of the tree’s canopy; branch dieback or tree decline; or an unstable or leaning tree. Additionally, if you notice loose or decaying bark at the base of your tree, it could be a sign of root rot. Another thing to be aware of is the presence of fungal fruiting bodies (like mushrooms) at the base of your tree or on the roots.
How do you know if a tree is rotting on the inside?
To determine if a tree is rotting on the inside, look for the following signs:
- Fungal fruiting bodies growing on the trunk or branches.
- Cracks or cavities in the trunk.
- Unusual swelling or bulging on the trunk.
- Soft, spongy, or crumbly wood when probing the trunk.
- Hollow sounds when tapping the trunk with a rubber mallet or the back of a screwdriver.
What is considered a healthy tree?
A healthy tree is typically characterized by the following:
- Vibrant, well-formed leaves appropriate for the species and season
- Strong, well-attached branches without excessive deadwood.
- A balanced, full canopy with a proper amount of sunlight penetration.
- A solid, sturdy trunk free from significant cracks, decay, or wounds.
- A stable root system without visible damage, deterioration, or uplifting roots.
- Absence of signs of disease or pest infestations.