While our primary goal is to help clients with tree insect and disease problems, Jim is also a Certified Horticulturist and can advise and consult on tree and shrub placement or planting and picking the right tree for the right place. He can walk you through proper pruning and how to do it, or he will do it for you. He is also a Certified Tree Risk Assessor and can assess trees for risk potential. While we don't do removals or climbing, we can recommend several very good local Arborists for those type of jobs.
I.V. (or intravenous) Tree & Shrub Care takes tree health to a new level, by diagnosing the problem, then determining the right approach for treating the tree (or shrub). Several different options for getting the right chemical into the tree are weighed. If quick insect control is needed, the chemical can be directly injected through the bark and into the xylem.
Longer term or annual injections to prevent insect infestation may be introduced into the tree via soil injection. There is even a newer method of "bark banding" where a chemical is sprayed onto the bark of the tree and is absorbed through the bark.
Any way you look at it, I.V. Tree Care is the most innovative and specialized tree health care company around.
Injecting insecticides into the soil around a tree is a very effective way to keep a tree protected from insects like the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), Bronze Birch Borer, Scale, Aphids and Emeral Ash Borer (EAB).
Soil injections can also be used to inject fertilizers and tree growth regulators. Fall fertilization is most commonly done, but Spring is also a good time to fertilize. Tree Growth Regulators (TGR's) can be used to decrease the top growth of a tree, while increasing its fine root production.
This is used for lightening-struck trees or trees around construction sites or in other areas where a tree might be under stress.
Trunk injections of a fungicide into an Elm tree (above) is a good way to control Dutch Elm Disease. This can also be used to control Anthracnose in Oaks and Sycamores and Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS) in oaks.
Trunk injections of insecticides to kill Hemlock Woolly Adelgids (HWA), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Scale insects, Leaf Miners, Sawflies, Japanese Beetles and many other pests are also available.
Trunk injections of insecticides provide the quickest take-up by the tree.
Fertilizing & Nutrient Injections
Nutritional problems, like Iron deficiency, can cause a tree's leaves to turn yellow, a condition called interveinal chlorosis. This is common in Pin Oaks, Maples, River Birch and some shrubs such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
Injections of Iron and other micro-nutrients can alleviate this problem.
Fall is usually the best time to fertilize trees and shrubs via soil injection. Macro-nutrients can be injected into the soil for uptake by the roots. We carry specialty fertilizers for Spring and Fall, call to talk about your tree or shrub needs.
Tree Risk Assessment
Do you have a tree you are concerned about because you are putting in a new driveway, sidewalk or deck? There are ways to mitigate stress before it occurs, using tree growth regulators.
When trees twist or crack in storms they can become very dangerous. Jim is a Certified Tree Risk Assessor and can evaluate trees for hazards and recommend solutions, whether it be pruning, cabling, bracing or as a last resort, removal.
I can recommend one of several very good Arborists in the area to help with pruning, removal and stump grinding.
Being a former Extension Agent, Nursery Manager, Master Gardener and Virginia Certified Horticulturist (since 1995) means Jim has knowledge about lots of things horticultural, not just trees and shrubs. If you have questions about what to plant, where to plant it, how to care for it, what's wrong with it or disease or insect problems with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals or lawns, give him a call.
Not saying he knows it all, but if not, he'll find out and get you an answer.
Pruning is one of the most misunderstood horticultural practices. But, it doesn't have to be that way.
Most people plant a tree or shrub, then never prune it because they don't know how or when or why.
Granted, there is some art plus science involved, but I can explain the why's and when's and how's to you. I can then do the pruning or guide you through it.
Pruning flowering trees or shrubs at the right time of year is critical (if you want flowers or fruit, that is).
Either way, you will learn something and get a better looking plant out of it.
Don't keep shaping your shrubs into balls or cubes, call me and we can discuss how to do it right.