Family Tree and Shrub Care

Pest Management Programs


Trees and shrubs are the backbone for the ecosystem around your home. Trees provide shade, which helps to keep your house cool, which in turn helps lower your summer cooling bills. Trees also provide protection from damaging wind and hail storms. As an added bonus, they provide a habitat for birds, which will enhance your outdoor experience when you hear them chirping in the summertime. Our certified arborist will evaluate your Trees & Shrubs, and prescribe what is needed for your particular landscape and circumstances.

The Family Tree and Turf Care® approach calls for inspection and a very selective use of products to fit your individual needs. Our Program will include regular inspection, timely pest management, and fertilization that can ward off the damaging effects of insects and disease and encourage healthier growth. Your trees & shrubs represent an important and consistently growing investment in the value of your property. This investment in trees and shrubs requires regular, professional inspection and treatment to ward off the damaging effects of insects and disease. Besides careful pest management we will provide feedings for your plantings as well.

Certain plantings are resistant and immune to pest problems. These plants will be inspected and treated only if needed.

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Landscape Analysis
The information gathered from you customized analysis, combined with knowledge of plant requirements, will help us determine the most effective and responsible strategy to manage pests and fungal diseases on your landscape plantings. Cultural, environmental, and maintenance concerns may also be identified that impact plant health or vigor.

Dormant Oils Spring/Fall

Application Times: Spring/Fall

Dormant oil applications darken tree bark and buds, speeding up spring bud development. Horticultural oils are most effective against many soft bodied pests including aphids, adelgids, spider mites, scale insects, greenhouse whiteflies, mealybugs, psyllids, plant bugs, lace bugs and some caterpillars. Recent research shows promise for horticultural oil's future role as a fungicide against powdery mildew on lilac, rose, horse chestnut and other plant species.

Pest Reduction Treatments

Application Times: Spring/Late Spring-Early Summer/Summer/Fall

Your property is unique and we use individual approaches with timely treatments taylored to your needs. We will monitor your property looking for potential problems that include but are not limited to insect infestations, signs of disease, and pruning practices. We will also note potential problems and design pest reduction treatments taylored to your homes landscape. See below for the type of insects your landscape inventory is inspected for:

Wood Booring Insects

Insect/Mite Control



Application Times: Spring/Summer/Fall

Trees and shrubs need a balanced nutrient mix for proper growth and survival, just like we need a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals in our diets.  In a natural setting, trees obtain all the nutrients they require from the rich blanket of humus on the forest floor.  However, in our urban landscaped environment, fertilizer is needed to take the place of this natural fertilizer.

Suburban landscapes also imposes additional stresses on trees and shrubs that are not a concern in the forest setting.  Stress caused by compacted soils, air pollution, road salts, poor drainage, and competition with turf grasses can impair the health and ultimately the growth of the tree.  Stressed trees can become more and more susceptible to infestation by insects and disease, further compounding the restricted growth.  Family Tree can help your landscape plants grow healthier and to make them more resistant to pest infestation is to ensure they receive a proper supply of balanced nutrients

.Family Tree uses deep root fertilization injecting a beneficial fungi, fertilizer and water mixture under pressure 8 to 10 inches below the soil surface, right to where the feeder roots are.  The injections are placed in a grid pattern in and around the trees root zone out to the drip line.  There are many advantages to fertilizing in this way.  The high pressure injection forces the water and fertilizer mix throughout the root zone, which not only supplies nutrients to the root system but also reduces soil compaction and encourages additional root zone aeration.

Fertilization Plus

Application Times: Spring/Summer/Fall

Provides the benefits of fertilization w/ the additional montoring and treatment of systemic insect control for certain plant damaging insects. Plants to be monitored will be taylored to your landscaping needs by your Family Tree Expert.

Disease Reduction
Insect and disease applications can keep insect populations reduced and minimize and or protect your trees and shrubs from diseases.  Foliar sprays, systemic micro-injections and horticultural oil applications are used depending on the pathogen.   We can also suggest cultural practices that might lessen your need to use these applications.

Soil Injection
An ideal option to limit spraying or control certain difficult to time pests.

Japanese Beetle Reduction
These pest CAN NOT be eradicated. Damage can be reduced with timed treatments minimizing damage to the landscape plantings prone to the beetle.

Planting Prone to Japanese Beetles are: Japanese Maple, Norway Maple, Cherry, Black Cherry, Plum , Peach, Roses, Elms, Gray Birch, Rose-of-Sharon, Ash, Linden

Wooly Adelgid Reduction
Hemlock woolly adelgid populations usually are located near the bark at the base of the needles. Host plants are injured by the adelgids inserting their piercing-sucking mouthparts into the base of the needles and removing plant fluids. Moderate hemlock woolly adelgid populations may cause a reduction in tree health. Severe infestations may result in premature needle drop, reduced twig growth, dieback, or death of trees.

Borer Reduction
Wood boring pests feed ont he "plumbing system" of the plant and disrupt water flow.

Fruit Reduction
“Nuisance fruit” is a concern for many people including homeowners. The fruits and seeds of some trees and shrubs, such as buckthorn, mulberry, persimmon, and (female) ginkgo are unsightly, smelly, and have the potential to be a hazard when they fall on sidewalks, driveways, and other areas in a landscape. Foliar sprays are available to reduce or eliminate undesirable fruit development on ornamental landscape plants,

Growth Regulator
According to recently published research data from Purdue University and the Journal of Arboriculture, the use of Tree Growth Regulators:
  • Improves the efficiency of water usage in the tree which equates to more drought resistance
  • Increases resistance to wood decay
  • Is effective in improving tree root health

    Bagworm Reduction
    Heavy infestations of bagworms can defoliate a landscape planting , causing reduced vigor. Timed applications can reduce the damage to your plantings.


    Family Tree and Turf Care ® understands that problems may occur prior to or after a scheduled service, therefore we provide service call backs for Custom Tree Program Customers to handle problems that happen in between services



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