Tree and Shrub Care
Natural tree and shrub care is essential for healthy landscapes. Like humans, plants do best when they are healthy. When plants are healthy, their natural defenses will tend to protect them from problem insects and diseases.
We help by creating the conditions that keep the garden ecosystem in balance. Plants feed the soil, in turn creating a complex ecosystem that keeps the plants healthy.
Our tree and shrub care services involve three key steps:
We inventory all trees and shrubs in your landscape, noting the potential or existing problem areas or plant specimens, and then monitor the landscape for changes or improvements to plant health.
We develop your landscape’s health by providing a continual feeding of nutrients and soil enhancers.
Finally, if pest and/or disease issues are identified, we treat as appropriate, using the least toxic approaches.
Details of our natural tree and shrub care services include:
Fertilization and Deep-Root Feedings
- 100% organic granular fertilizer
- Feep-root feedings to develop strong root systems and healthy plants
- Foliar feedings using such products as compost tea and sea kelp
- Soil drenches with mycorrhizae (beneficial fungi)
Our organic products add vital organic matter to your soil and will dramatically enhance your soil’s micro-organism population, which is the life of your soil.
In Harmony regularly monitors your trees and shrubs and develops a treatment strategy around their needs. This could include:
- dormant oil sprays
- selective treatments for insect and disease control
- nematodes for root weevil control
- and more
Healthy plants come from healthy soils. In a natural forest, trees deposit leaves, needles and other debris. As they decompose, they gently feed and protect the forest floor.
In the well-kept landscapes of residential areas this natural cycle often does not happen. Instead, leaves and needles are raked away, leaving bare soil. The topsoil erodes, the landscape cannot retain vital moisture, and it lacks important nutrients and microbial life. Using high quality mulches will:
- add beneficial microbial life
- improve soil structure
- encourage earthworms to burrow, which helps aerate and drain the soil
- encourage beneficial insects, which prey on insect pests and help prevent future infestations
- suppress weeds
- reduce evaporation, keeping the soil cool and moist during hot summers
- insulate roots from winter temperature extremes
The best time to apply mulch is in the spring and fall months. In Harmony offers application of organic mulch.