Arborscapes Tree & Landscape Specialists is the best tree service in Charlotte North Carolina. We have been providing high quality and affordable tree services since 2000. We have fully insured and licensed arborists, so you can have confidence that your home and property are protected. These ISA Certified Arborists are on staff ready to assist with all your tree service needs. We offer the best tree service out there! See for yourself. Our tree services include:
Fertilization and Soil Management
Insect and Disease Management
Tree Pruning and Tree Removal
The key to beautiful looking trees is tree pruning. Who better to keep your trees pruned than the arborists at Arborscapes. We offer full service tree pruning and tree service in North Carolina any time of the year. We don't stop there. We also provided stump griding services so you dont have to worry about it. There is no job too big and no job too small. We do it all!
Arborscapes Tree & Landscape Specialists also offer the service of stump grinding. Stump grinding is the process of grinding or cutting the stump with a power tool or equipment attachment that removes the remains of the tree from the stump. This is done with a rotating blade that chips away at the wood gradually. This can be a timely task, but we can get the job done leaving your landscaping design stump free.
Fertilization and Soil Management
Trees growing in their natural habitat should have access to all the minterals they need to survive and grow. Anything you can do to mimic that habitat can reduce the need for fertilizer. This may include letting leaves remain on the ground in the fall instead of raking them up. Chances are, despite your best effors, the need of ferilizer will not be entirely eliminated.
The goal of Fall fertilization is to:
To make available vital nutrients and components necessary to increase root structure and mass.
To increase biological diversity and activity.
To increase avalability of plant nutrients and uptake.
To increase active organic matter
The objective of fertilization is to put the nutrients where they will best be taken up by the tree's roots. Therefore, it is necessary to fertilize throughout the entire root system. In general, the roots extend well beyond the outer reach of a tree's branches
When to Fertilize your trees:
- A good time to fertilize trees in most climates is from fall to mid-spring. At these times the tree's roots take the nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions such as root development and disease resistance, rather than simply putting out new growth. Using biological inoculants during the fall at the time of mulching will provide a blanket of beneficial microbes which strengthen the root zones while providing depleted nutrients in the surrounding soil as well as roots.
- During the growing season, fertilizing can help a tree overcome mineral deficiencies and fight off infections. If you are fertilizing in mid- to late summer, avoid formulations high in nitrogen as this will just promote weak, new growth that may be easily damaged in the winter
About Soil Compaction:
Think for a moment, how long can one hold their breathe? When one thinks of the compaction of the LIVING SOIL (A), this question must be considered. Roots must respire – burn glucose to release energy. Oxygen is a major requirement for this process. The mycorrhizae are aerobic microorganisims which mean they require free, gaseous oxygen (O2) for their growth. Learning the type of soil where a tree species grows naturally (B) is best and then plant these trees where the soil is similar. The main reason soil compaction is so very injurious to the plant system is not because of the oxygen – which is very important, but because soil compaction KILLS THE MYCORRHIZAE. At this point the plant material begins to suffer from lack of WATER & ELEMENTS and then the plant material begins to have a micro element deficiency. Long before soil compaction shows as a water problem – we will see compaction show its face as a micro element deficiency. That’s where we come in. We will feed your trees with Organic Fertilizers to provide depleted nutrients and to strengthen the root zone without high NPK fertilizers that can leach into your water systems!
Insect and Disease Management
If you have insects that are damaging your trees. We can help! We use a process called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
How do IPM programs work?
IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps include:
- Set Action Thresholds
Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become a threat to your trees, shrubs and/or ornamnetals is critical to guide future pest control decisions.
- Monitor and Identify Pests
Not all insects/organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that traetments will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of treatment will be used.
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the plant material to prevent pests from becoming a threat.These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.
Yep, that would be the nasty Fall Cankerworm we love to hate! “Disgusting” The City will spray next spring for the worms as they hatch, but we must strike now to prevent as many worms as possible. This means tree-banding.
Cankerworms spin “silken threads” that allow them to drop from foliage to escape predators, lower themselves to the ground when full grown, and to be blown by the wind to other trees. Wingless females crawl up the trees to lay small irregular clusters of fifty or more eggs in bark crevices in the crown of the host tree. The eggs hatch in the spring.
Every year canker worms cause extreme damage to trees in North Carolina. They feed on many broad leaf trees including Oak, Birch, Maple, Elm and Apple. The first signs of infestation are the appearance of small “shot holes” in new leaves and larvae can be found under the leaves. By the time the larvae finish feeding, only the major veins and midribs of the older leaves remain.
In the aftermath of a severe storm, you may ask a simple question about your trees: Will they survive? That question arises from the initial impulse to “get this mess cleaned up.” But hasty decisions can often result in removing trees that could have been saved. Arborscapes offers these simple guidelines in administering first aid to your tree after a storm.
1. Be Patient
Any medical first-responder will tell you that Rule No. 1 is to stay calm. Doing the right things right can make the difference between giving your trees a good chance of survival and losing them unnecessarily.
2. Be Safe
First aid measures for trees after a major storm almost always involve the use of chain saws. Pruning and removing limbs from storm-damaged trees is not the same as cutting firewood from a treetop already on the ground. Branches and trees that are twisted and bent are usually under tremendous strain that is undetectable to the untrained eye. The quick release of that stored energy by cutting with a chain saw can have unpredictable and dangerous results. We always look up and look down. We remain alert for hanging branches that look like they’re ready to fall. We stay away from downed utility lines. Low-voltage telephone or cable lines and even fence wires can become electrically charged when near fallen or broken electrical lines
3. Assess the damage
Before writing off a damaged tree as a goner, we always ask the following questions:
- Other than the storm damage, is the tree basically healthy and vigorous? If the tree is basically healthy, is not creating a hazard, and did not suffer major structural damage, it will generally recover if first aid measures are applied.
- Are major limbs broken? The larger a broken limb is, the harder it will be for the tree to recover from the damage. If a majority of the main branches are gone, the tree may have little chance of surviving.
- Has the leader (the main upward-trending branch on most trees) been lost? In species where a leader is important to upward growth or desirable appearance, this may have to be a judgment call. The tree may live without its leader but, at best, would be a stunted or deformed version of the original.