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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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Oak Tree Decline

Here’s an example of an oak tree that is experiencing serious stress due to its new urban environment. You will notice the small sprouting branches along its trunk, and the dead limbs in its crown.  Not many years ago this tree was thriving in the forest. Urban development cleared away the other trees and left this one in the landscape. This tree has survived the removal of its organic top soil, heavy grading and change of topography, and the construction of this house. The tree now experiences competition with the turf, compacted soil, and a serious reduction of organic nutrition.

Shrub Doctor is regularly contacted to help trees in this state of stress. Our certified arborists will assess the health of the tree, recommend  removal of limbs and dead wood from the crown, and treat the tree with our organic nutrients to restore its health and promote root growth.  Shrub Doctor has over ten years experience restoring the health of Charlotte’s prized trees.  Call Shrub Doctor today for a free evaluation of your tree’s health.  Contact us at 704-490-2000. Our doctors still make house calls.

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I have been watching this maple tree outside our office warehouse lately. Notice how there is no foliage emerging within its canopy. Only the tips of the limbs have leaves. In a previous post I showed photos of its bark and the multiple layers of bark scale insects that are feeding on the sap of the tree. Underneath these small bumps is a scale insect that is continually feeding on the sap of the tree. Overtime these insects multiply until they so overwhelm the tree that foliage cannot emerge from the limbs. The scale insects slowly migrate up into the canopy of the tree. This tree is experiencing the advanced stages of a scale insect infestation. Sadly, many urban maple trees around the city of Charlotte are infested with bark scale. Shrub Doctor often notices that many dense neighborhoods with heavily planted maple trees have this condition. If left untreated, this photo will be the result. Shrub Doctor has performed many bark scale treatments this season. We can save your trees from gloomy scale. Give us a call today to learn more about this problem and how Shrub Doctor can save your trees. Shrub Doctor Inc. has ISA Certified Arborists on staff to evaluate the health of your trees. Give us a call today at 704-920-0290.

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Willow oakWillow Oak Quercus phellos.  The Willow Oak is probably the most popular tree for urban planting and design. Charlotte NC has over 160,000 street trees; 16% of those are willow oak. Our willow oaks contribute to the beauty and esthetics of our city streets and neighborhoods. Besides their beauty, our willow oaks contribute to the health of our environment. Two mature willow oak trees can annually provide all the oxygen for a family of four while absorbing all the carbon from their two cars. A mature oak can also absorb, transport, and evaporate over 50 gallons of water each day. Willow oak trees are a member of the red oak family and can live well past 100 years old. The willow oaks within the urban areas of Charlotte are now reaching the end of their lifespan. Shrub Doctor Inc, can partner with you to keep your willow oak trees strong and healthy for many years to come. Our certified arborists will evaluate your trees and determine a plan to keep your investments in top condition. Call Shrub Doctor today at 704-920-0290 for more information on how our Save That Tree program can benefit your aging willow oak trees.

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Every visit to Myers Park opens my eyes more to the declining health of our city trees. I noticed this tree today at the corner or Ardsley and Brunswick Ave. Notice the rotting root flare on one side of the tree, and the other cavity on the opposite side. While I was there I made some soundings to the trunk of the tree and found it to be rotting. I love our trees, yet this one may need to be removed. High winds could bring this one down on a car or pedestrian. If you feel concerned about the trees on your property give Shrub Doctor a call. Our ISA Certified Arborists will be glad to provide a free assessment of your tree’s health. Shrub Doctor has many solutions that will help prolong the life of your trees. Give us a call. We’ll be right out to see you.

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gloomy scale picgloomy scale 3 I noticed this maple tree today while taking a walk around inner Charlotte. The small bumps on the bark of this limb are gloomy scale insect shells. Gloomy scale is an invasive insect that attaches itself to the limbs of the tree and feed on the sugary sap just below the bark. In the late spring season, hundreds of scale insect eggs hatch from each existing shell and continue the cycle of infestation. Over time, the scale activity drains the tree of its energy and causes the tree to die. This photo shows a serious case of scale infestation. The black color that you see is mold growing on the excessive sticky sap excreted by the scale. We call this black substance “sooty mold”, due to its sooty black appearance. Many urban maple trees in the Charlotte communities are infested with gloomy scale. Winter is a great time to discover this issue since the trees are free of leaves. If gloomy scale is discovered in time, Shrub Doctor can sucessfully kill the scale infestation, and restore the tree to optimal health. If you find gloomy scale in your landscape, don’t hesitate to give Shrub Doctor a call. We’ll gladly visit your property and give you a free assessment of the condition. Shrub Doctor Inc, has ISA Certified Arborists on staff to diagnose any and all of your trees and plants within your landscape.

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Park tree Here’s an example of a stressed tree in a local South Charlotte park. This poor tree is in a very high traffic area and receives little to no fertilization, water, or ability to grow. Shrub Doctor sees examples like this everywhere. In this case the tree should be removed and the area paved. Nothing is going to grow in this area of the park.

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