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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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Tree straps 1 Tree straps 2 Tree straps 3 We were treating a new customer’s property the other day and noticed some mature trees with support straps girdling their trunk. The trees had been neglected for so long that the straps were now impossible to remove. We were successful in cutting one strap but the others were too deep to remove. As the tree grows larger, these straps will possibly cut off the flow of moisture and nutrients to the canopy. Over time the trees will decline and possibly die due to this condition. Support straps can usually be removed after a full year past installation, or until the tree develops enough root mass to support itself. Leaving straps on trees for too long can end in a mess. If you have any questions or concerns with the health of your trees, give Shrub Doctor a call. We are ISA certified arborists and will gladly give you a free analysis of any tree within your landscape. Call me personally at 704-920-0290, or email me at mark.tally@shrubdoctor.com

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landscaper neglect 11landscaper neglect 12landscaper neglect 13This is total landscape installation negligence. Shrub Doctor was at the adjacent property performing an analysis and saw this mess. The “seatbelt” sized straps were still wrapped around the base of the trees. The person who installed the trees just covered them up and left. Now, several years later we have a mess. Before leaving, Shrub Doctor took the time to cut the straps from the trees. If we would not have caught this issue when we did, the straps on these trees would have slowly choked them, and a costly investment would have been lost. “PLEASE INSPECT YOUR LANDSCAPE AFTER AN INSTALL. IT MAY SAVE YOU OVER THE LONG RUN.” Call Shrub Doctor for a free evaluation of your landscape. Findings like these may be worth the call. Remember, our evaluations are always free.

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