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Shrub Doctor was recruited by a large church in Huntersville, NC  to save the maple trees on their campus. Shrub Doctor identified 72 trees that were suffering from dehydration, lack of nutrition, and advanced infestation of gloomy scale insects. These trees are installed within the small islands of the campus parking areas. Excessive heat and lack of moisture has caused severe decline, requiring several trees to be removed prior to treatment. Shrub Doctor immediately recommended a routine watering schedule to assure proper hydration followed by a three-step restoration treatment.  A 1000 gallon watering truck has been acquired by the church to begin a scheduled watering program. Last week Shrub Doctor performed restoration treatments to the trees including deep root fertilization, treatments to kill insect infestations, and treatments to regulate the future growth of the trees. Going forward, the church  volunteers will follow Shrub Doctor’s watering and fertilization recommendations to help their trees make a full recovery.


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This is a “Ross Root feeder”.  Mine is over 50 years old, yet you can still buy them today.  Check the internet. For my customers viewing this post, this is the tool that I have been talking about for several years.  You simply attach your garden hose to the needle, insert it into the root zone, and turn on the water.  DO NOT TURN THE WATER ON HIGH.  A very moderate flow is best.  I have a water meter on my hose, which you can also get on the internet.  Five minutes of slow trickle metered over 5 gallons to this boxwood.  VERY IMPORTANT- Turning the water up too high will blast the soil away from the roots, and damage the plant.  This is another reason for going slow.  On a small plant, I insert the needle on one side, water for a few minutes, then repeat on the other side.  On larger plants, water in the  12-3-6-9 o’clock order.  The root feeder really works great on your very large plants such as leyland cypress, cryptomeria, or even your large trees.  Applying water into the sub-soil eliminates wasting water, and assures that the root zone was hydrated.  Again, this will probably become the best garden tool you ever purchase.  I like it because it is a “hands off” way of watering my plants.  I can go out to mow the lawn, start watering with the needle, and move it from shrub to shrub as I work in the yard.

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