What is plant health care?
Plant Health Care (PHC) begins with the concept, if you tend
to a plant properly, then you can prevent the plant from undergoing
stress, by allowing the plant to thrive in the proper location,
with adequate sunlight, soil, moisture, and protection from pests.
All plants have their own immune system. This immune system enables
a plant to resist the attacks of insects and diseases. The effectiveness
of this system is totally dependent upon the relative health of
the tree or shrub, therefore healthy plants generally have less
trouble with pests than plants growing in stressful environments.
Establishing the conditions for best health is the primary goal
of Plant Health Care. Bob’s Tree Service wants to be your,
tree care professionals. We can start a program with an examination
of the basic growing conditions on your property. Working with
the homeowner, we will create a PHC Program, customized to the
specific needs of your property from one tree or shrub to an entire
landscape, the approach is the same.
The next step is for an arborist to begin the process of monitoring
Monitoring is the focal point of a PHC program. This may entail
four to eight property inspections per season. PHC specialists
assess the properties so that treatments are applied only when
necessary and timed to the period of greatest effectiveness.
A PHC program offers a wide range of solutions to tree or shrub
problems. They include pruning for health maintenance, practices
such as soil aeration, mulching, and fertilization, thinning if
overcrowding is a problem, cabling & bracing. Environmental
sensitivity is the most significant attribute. PHC focuses on
maintaining healthy plants, which stimulates their natural Immune
systems. This in itself generally serves to suppress pests. If,
however, pests do become a problem, and a Bob’s Tree Service
PHC Program utilizes a wide variety of environmentally sensitive
treatment strategies to help maintain a natural balance. From
spot spraying, to horticultural oil treatments, to soil injections
for systemic insect control as well as micro injection and macro
infusion, the basic idea is to correct problems before a landscape
suffers irreparable loss. Routine blanket chemical sprays for
Insects will not be needed if a problem is spotted in the early
stage. Research now tells us that not all insects are harmful;
indeed, many are actually beneficial.