Plant Health Care (PHC)…
A systematic plant management process developed by the International Society of Arboriculture
A Plant Health Care program begins with proper site selection for your plants — right plant, right place. Our experts prescribe the best cultural practices to keep your plants healthy, fertilize when necessary, and apply pest control materials only when conditions require them.
The main objective of PHC is an attractive appearance
- The health of the plant is determined by site selection, culture and fertilization. If a plant’s basic needs are being met, it will not be stressed and will be less attractive to insects and diseases. This reduces the need for pest control treatment. You benefit from our PHC knowledge.
Regular inspection is key to healthy plants
- Our PHC professionals visit your property on a regular basis to inspect your plants. If intervention is required to maintain their health at the level we and you agree upon, our PHC professional will take the appropriate action.
Careful use of pest treatment materials and techniques
Plant treatment includes:
- Horticultural Oils
- Biological Controls
- Insecticidal soaps
- Beneficial Insects
- Inspect and Treat Programs
We also offer more traditional, aggressive treatments, if the life of the plant is threatened. The technician inspects for specific pests and treats if those pests are present.
Are you concerned about environmental issues? Please contact us for more information on our Plant Health Care programs.
The method by which soil nutrients are replaced.
Fertilizer provides plants with certain mineral elements, which occur naturally in the soil to aid in the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process that changes these minerals to plant food. Ted Collins Tree and Landscape carries and applies all types of plant fertilizers.
- Natural Organics
- Slow release
- Fast Release
- Liquid and Granular
Causes of Soil Mineral Depletion
- Soil may have been nutrient deficient to begin with
- Top soil may have been removed when developing your property
Timely Application of Fertilizer
Nothing replenishes minerals permanently. Therefore, they must be replenished periodically. Most trees and shrubs need spring and fall fertilization as follows:
- Spring Fertilization
- Provides the nutrients plants need for this season’s food making process
- Fall Fertilization
- Provides plants with extra nutrients for making food to sustain winter
- Increases stored energy for break out of winter dormancy
- Enhances flowering and bursting forth of leaves
- Lawn Fertilization
- Grass should be fertilized at least four times per season
Contact Ted Collins Tree and Landscape today to learn more about providing your plants the very best health care.
Lush, green lawns don’t just happen. They are the result of hours of care by property owners, or by professionals like us.
Our lawn care programs include:
- Pre-emergent crabgrass treatment
- Weed control where necessary
- Grub and insect control where necessary
Fertilizers are formulated, and treatment material selected, for our area’s unique growing conditions. Yet, our lawn care services often cost less than the big, national companies that believe that one program fits all lawns in the USA.
We offer a choice of traditional or natural organic fertilizer and spot treating of weeds, and grub or insect control only when needed.
On occasion, your lawn may require aeration or dethatching to stimulate healthy growth.
- Plugs of sod are cut from your lawn by a special machine. This process loosens the soil, allowing more water and air to reach the grass roots. It is very healthy for the lawn.
- Thatch is a build-up of dead, un-decayed grass roots and stems, not clippings. A build-up of thatch usually indicates that you may have serious problems. Our lawn care professionals can remove the thatch, diagnose the problem and treat the cause.
Call or e-mail us for an appointment for a free lawn assessment.
- Sodding is the fastest, most efficient method of establishing a new or renovated lawn. Sod is delivered in rolls or squares, and our technicians roll them out on the graded soil like installing a carpet.
- Hydroseeding is ideal for slopes and other areas where grass seed might wash away. We mix grass seed, fertilizer and a green-colored cellulose fiber with water, and spray it on the graded surface. When the cellulose dries, it will let water and sunlight in, but reduce the chance that the seed will washing away.
- Seeding is the traditional method, and the least expensive. However, it requires the most care to become established.