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Smooth patch 1Shrub Doctor noticed a good example of  smooth patch fungus activity on this tree today. Also known as white patch, this fungus decomposes the corky outer bark layer of the tree. Since the patch fungus only invades the nonliving outer bark tissues, no harm is done to the tree. Smooth patch is one of many natural occurrences that can be found in our landscapes. No treatments are needed, and your tree should recover over the future seasons. If you notice concerns with your trees and shrubs within your landscape give Shrub Doctor a call. One of our ISA Certified Arborists will be glad to schedule a visit and provide solutions that will keep your plants healthy and vigorous for many years to come.

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Scale treatment 1Scale treatment 2Scale treatment 3We took the opportunity the other day to treat a grove of huge camellia shrubs that were infested with scale insect activity. Shrub Doctor has had great success killing scale infestations with horticultural oil and our backpack fogging machine. We blast the oil into the canopy of the shrubs suffocating the scale. We have used this non-toxic method to control scale activity with our customers for many years. If you have a scale insect problem, call Shrub Doctor at 704-920-0290. We will promptly visit your landscape and get your landscape back in control.

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The late winter season is a great time to transplant your dogwood trees. Shrub Doctor moved this tree just the other day. We made a sequence of photos to record the proper procedures that we use to assure a successful transplant.  The first photo shows where we severed the roots for easy removal. We next found some great organic compost right under a willow oak, at the back of the property. This compost was mixed with the clay soil removed from the new tree site.  Note how we added a few rotting limbs to the bottom of the hole to help improve the fungi populations in the soil. You can find earlier posts that describe this procedure in more detail. We next fertilized the tree with our special blend of poultry manure and completed the planting with a slow deep soaking of the tree. We will continue to perform this same watering procedure about three times a week until we feel the tree can make it on its own. If you have any questions about transplanting your trees or shrubs give Shrub Doctor a call at 704-920-0290. We’ll be glad to give you advise to  assure that you too have a successful day in your garden.

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Rhododendrun 1

If you notice the leaves on your plants curling don’t be alarmed. By curling its leaves, this shrub reduces its chance of loosing moisture from the cold and dry winds. As soon it begins to warm, the foliage will return to its normal shape. Winter leaf curl is common with rhododendron and laurel shrubs, so don’t be alarmed if your camellia shrubs show this same condition as well.

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Many of our customers don’t realize  they have rich organic compost right on their property. Shrub Doctor always recommends planting shrubs with a 50/50 blend of clay soil from the planting hole with good organic matter. Most customers run to the home improvement store and purchase expensive bagged compost for their planting projects. Shrub Doctor recently went to the wooded area of a customer’s landscape and retrieved a full wheel barrow load of super rich compost. The customer had no idea it was there. If you have a wooded area on your property, brush back the leaves and harvest the decaying matter below them. You will usually have about an inch of rich organic soil right at your fingertips. Brush the leaves back over the area and return next year for another harvest of compost. Call Shrub Doctor today for more tips about a healthier landscape, and ask us more about how our 100% organic shrub and tree fertilization programs for your shrubs and ornamental trees. Call 1-888-2GO-Organic today. (1-888-246-6742).

Compost photo

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Hugel Kulture 1Hugel Kulture 2Hugel Kulture 3Hugel Kulture 4Shrub Doctor recently utilized an old sustainable planting technique when transplanting this 50 year old acuba shrub. The hole was made deep enough to accept several small logs in the bottom. A thin layer of soil was added then watered to fill all the gaps around the logs. The shrub was planted directly on top of the logs. Over time, the logs will absorb and hold water, as well as provide an increased environment of beneficial fungi to the shrub’s root system. This planting practice will allow your shrubs to stay well hydrated during periods of drought. The decaying logs will also provide good organic nutrients for many seasons to come. To learn more about how you can adopt this technique in your landscape give Shrub Doctor a call. Call 1-888-2GO-Organic for more information about our 100% organic shrub and tree fertilization programs.

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Trunk rot 1

Shrub Doctor was called to assess and treat this white oak tree. It appears that a tree service has removed several lower limbs in the past years yet did not properly cut the limbs back to the collar of the tree trunk. Over the years minor rotting has occurred underneath the remaining limb of the tree.  Shrub Doctor stripped away the bark, removed the decayed wood, and killed the existing populations of insects that were harbored in the wound area.  After cleaning the wounded area, an orange rind oil was applied to the wound to minimize future decay. The orange oil will soak into the wound and reduce further insect activity. During future seasons the tree will slowly close this wound. Shrub Doctor will monitor the healing process and keep the customer informed with its progress.

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