We understand how important your lawn and landscape are to you. Great landscaping is one of the best ways to improve the curb appeal and overall appearance of a residence. We all enjoy the fresh colors, different textures, fragrance, movement, and privacy that our ornamental trees and shrubs provide. From flowering bulbs and shrubs with berries to shade from a tree on a hot day, we find comfort with our plants. Spending time after work or on weekends outside relaxing among vibrant and peaceful plants can even add to our own happiness.
At Picture Perfect Lawn Care, Inc, we believe that your ornamental trees and shrubs are a growing investment that can benefit from a quality tree service program designed to provide them with nutrition and protection. We can help protect the investment you have in your landscape and enhance the beauty of your property. We can also advise the right tree service program based on your specific plant varieties and the insects or diseases that may be threatening those plant varieties.
Among our tree service options are pre-emergent applications to mulched areas for suppressing weeds, as well as two spring applications for summer weed control and one fall application for winter weed control.
Insecticides / Miticides
We provide insecticide and miticide tree service for the following afflictions:
Aphids feed on a variety of ornamentals (Fig. 1). They suck the juices out of the plants, curling the leaves (Fig. 2) and sometimes leaving a sticky “honeydew” residue.
These caterpillars build a cocoon of protection from the material they have been feeding on. The appearance of the cocoon varies depending upon the type of plant they are eating. Bagworms are most common on evergreens, such as cedar or spruce. We provide a three application insecticide schedule that targets the timing of bagworms. This program provides good control over many leaf feeding insects from spring to summer.
There are many varieties of caterpillar that feed on our shrubs and trees. They are defoliators and require a treatment service as soon as their populations are great enough to do damage to the tree or shrub.
These caterpillars fold the leaf surface over for protection while feeding and are common on redbud trees.
Emerald Ash Borer
This variety was confirmed in Platte County as of 2012. Both Platte and Clay counties have been quarantined regarding moving wood products in response to EAB. Ash trees are particularly devastated by this insect without proper tree service.
Mites suck the juices out of the plant material, which causes a browning of leaf tissue that may have the appearance of drought stress. Mite damage increases during dry conditions. When feeding is heavy, webbing may be present. Mites reproduce every 3.5 days, making their population difficult to control. Heavy sprays of water are an effective method of reducing mite activity on plant material. Miticides can be applied to suppress activity.
These caterpillars are defoliators that show up shortly after new growth has emerged in spring. Most commonly found on short needled pine trees and mugho shrub pines. Luckily, they are fairly easily controlled with one tree service application.
Scale insects attach themselves to a plant and feed with a protective shell. In the past, multiple applications were required for control. Systemic insecticides can now be used to control populations, usually with just one application.
Our shrub and tree service also includes treatment using fungicides for the following:
Crabapples are very prone to apple scab and cedar apple rust. Both diseases cause spots on leaves and leaf drop. Neither disease affects overall health of tree or flowering. We recommend looking for disease resistant varieties when purchasing crabapple trees. Tree service applications can be provided to suppress crabapple disease. This is a three application schedule that protects emerging and developing leaves in the spring.
Sphaeropsis Tip Blight (formerly Diplodia) (Fig. 1) is typically most severe on older Austrian Pines. Fungicides are a tree service that can be applied to suppress disease activity (requires three applications as new growth emerges in Spring). Dothestroma Needle Blight (Fig.2) can also be found damaging pines in our area. This fungus requires a four application schedule in the spring.
Other Shrub & Tree Services
We recommend that ornamental trees and shrubs receive, at a minimum, some nutrition and service each season. Perennial beds, shrubbery, and planted trees should be fertilized in both the spring and fall. Proper nutrition helps to promote healthier plants that are far less likely to be vulnerable to pests. We can apply fertilizers to your landscape beds and shrubbery to promote vigorous, healthy growth. Newly planted trees need good fertility to develop properly. We can provide deep root feedings spring and fall to enhance your trees’ health and vigor. Our tree service applications are a great way to help get your trees off to a good start.
Sunscald or winter exposure is most common on barked trees (maples) on south or southwest exposure. Protect these trees by wrapping and watering regularly to maintain good moisture in the plant and reduce exposure problems.