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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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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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Shrub Doctor was given a unique challenge yesterday with providing a long-term sustainable solution for this Willow Oak tree. The tree has no space to grow in this backyard patio area. Shrub Doctor’s solution was a tree growth regulation treatment. This treatment reduces the growth of the tree’s canopy  and redirects its energy towards the production of a more fibrous root system. More fine roots mean more nutrient uptake, and a more efficient ability to absorb moisture. With its limited area for both, this tree needs all the help it can get. If you have a tree in a restricted area give Shrub Doctor a call. Our certified arborists will evaluate your tree and provide you with a long-term solution that provides a more sustainable future for your tree and landscape.

 

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Never under estimate where you might find great organic mulch around your house. The decaying leaf matter in your gutters can be spread around your shrubs to provide them a rich food source.

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Boxwood cover 2Boxwood cover 3boxwood cover 1 Last night’s snow heavily weighed down the limbs of my trees and shrubs. Here is an example of a boxwood shrub that is spread open by the snow. Heavy snow can severely damage your shrubs unless you take preventative action prior to the storm. In the following images you will see how I covered my prize 55 year old english boxwood prior to the snow and how it looked after being protected in its cozy cacoon.

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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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Holly Leaf Spot FungusWe were servicing our Shrub Doctor customers today and came across an issue with Holly Leaf Spot Fungus. In the photo you will see that this fungus does not necessarily effect just hollies. The top leaf is from a Magnolia tree, the bottom left is an Acuba shrub, and the other a holly. All three of these plants are in an area near a stream. In addition to the location, our Charlotte Metro area has experienced an abundance of rainfall this season. This issue can lead to heavy defoliation of the plants. In most cases the plants will flush new growth in the Spring. Holly Leaf Spot is a cosmetic concern and is usually not fatal. You can minimize leaf spot activity by keeping your landscape properly pruned and clean of debris. Good airflow throughout the area is vital. Its also best to keep your plants on a healthy diet of balanced organic nutrients. Healthy plants resist disease just as healthy humans. If you see this condition in your landscape, give Shrub Doctor a call. We can help you with solutions that will reduce leaf spot fungus on your shrubs and trees. Shrub Doctor Inc. 704-920-0290.

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