Plant Health Care Programs
YardGuard: Treatments Enhance Natural Systems
- Scheduled treatment programs customized for your landscape.
- Effective treatments help balance natural systems and encourage plant health.
- We monitor and treat only the plants that need help.
- We do the scheduling so you don't have to worry.
Plants that need help
YardGuard is a program of periodic visits by a licensed plant health care professional to monitor, identify, and treat landscape pests and disease. The goal of this program is to encourage plant health and limit damage.
Organic and synthetic control products are applied as sprays or by systemic soil applications.
Cultural problems, such as over-watering, pruning, etc., are reported to the customer for further corrective action.
You don't have to worry
Decades of experience working with plants allow us to predict the approximate timing of insect, mite and disease pests and effectively treat to prevent, or cure, the problems.
Treatments to prevent disease from leaf, twig, and needle fungal diseases (i.e. blossom blights, dogwood anthracnose, apple scab) are applied before symptoms arise. In the event infection and visible damage is evident, curative treatments can stop further spread of disease. Timing is everything when it comes to disease control.
The pictures below show damage from Apple Scab Fungus and Cherry Brown Rot. Timely treatments will prevent this.
Systemic insecticide soil applications
Since human, pet, wildlife and environmental safety is our first consideration, we choose products and delivery methods that minimize off target exposure. We employ the least toxic, most effective products available and consider many things in that choice.
What about organic control products...are they safer?
SuperRoots Bio-fertilizer - A "Full Meal Deal" for plants
Trees and shrubs need adequate nutrients in their root zones so they can thrive, not just survive. Click here to learn more.
We have worked closely with Dr.Olaf Ribiero when trees are ailing and need additional help to recover. He's pictured below using a Risistograph to measure the strength of this ancient maple on the State Capitol grounds. His knowledge of root and soil diseases and his prescriptions for treatments are very helpful and we've learned much from him. We take the roll of the "nurse" on tree preservation projects, giving the "patient" what help to recover.
Dr. Ribeiro is a consultant making tree preservation recommendations. He can be reached through his website, www.ribeirotreeconsultants.com
From time to time, we find plants infected with root disease, evidenced by declining foliage or die-back. This may be the result of stresses on the plant from over or under watering, compaction, improper pruning, etc. Our trained technicians can easily spot problems and may recommend lab analysis and/or treatments to prevent further spread of disease. More.
Installation and cultural problems like planting too deep, improper placement, poor plant selection, poor soils or poor watering practices contribute to stress. At times, a correction by the landscape owner is necessary. There is much that can be done to aid sick plants, and we can help with good information and treatments. An effective plant health care program is a cooperative effort between our customer and our team. Expect satisfying results, and enjoy!
Sudden Oak Death
Sudden Oak Death is a major threat in California and Oregon and has been found in Thurston County. Over 100 species of trees and shrubs are prey to this disease. Click on the link below for a list of susceptible plants. Treatments to protect your healthy plants are available. Watch for more information on this site.