Trees and shrubs are responsible for creating healthier biomes in the landscape in order to support the existence of beneficial microorganisms that are part of the natural cycle within the environment. At Nature's Select™ Premium Turf Services, Inc., our tree disease treatment products contain biological agents and food that plants need, along with any necessary systemic insecticides.
We utilize a tree or shrub’s vascular system as a defense mechanism and for recovery. As a matter of fact, all of our programs help build health into your lawn and landscape plants. In addition, pollinator protection is at the core of what we do. Contact us at (336) 768-7999 to request your free estimate. We serve Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas.
Common Tree & Shrub Diseases
A multitude of diseases affect trees and shrubs. If you suspect that your plant is infected by some sort of disease, the Nature’s Select Tree & Shrub team can be of service to you. Here are a few common diseases.
This is a common disease for ornamental plants caused by fungi. Powdery Mildew appears as a dusty white to gray coating over leaf surfaces or other plant parts. This disease rarely causes serious damage but can discolor leaves, disfigure shoots, and deform flowers. In most cases, this fungal growth can be partially removed by rubbing the leaves together. Powdery Mildew will begin as discreet, usually circular, powdery white spots. These spots will expand, producing a continuous matt of mildew. Infected plants often turn yellow and may even blacken from infection.
Houseplants commonly affected are African violets and begonias. Outdoors, a variety of plants can be affected, but most often lilacs, phlox, some rose varieties, and fruit trees seem to be most susceptible.
This disease is causes by bacteria. Leaf Spot is most active under hot, humid conditions. Leaf spots first appear as water-soaked spots but then turn reddish-brown to black in color that are somewhat circular in shape. Yellow margins usually appear around the spots.
Phytophthora Root Rot
This is almost always the result of overwatering, root damage, or prior drought stress. Phythophthora Root Rot is a very difficult to control fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants in North Carolina. Azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, hemlocks, Japanese hollies, and junipers are just a few of the plants affected.
This disease is most active in warm soil temperatures with high soil moisture. Plants under stress from drought, defoliation, low soil aeration, and other stress agents are most prone. Symptoms of root rot vary depending on the plant species. Symptoms include a reduction in shoot growth like small leaves, thinning of the crown, twig and branch dieback, and eventually death. Diseased roots are reddish brown and brittle. Watering does little to restore the leaf. On rhododendrons, leaves rapidly wilt, droop, and eventually die.
Also known as gray mold, this is a fungal disease and is one of the most common diseases in greenhouse crops, including azaleas, begonias, carnations, chrysanthemum, petunias and rhododendrons. This disease causes water-soaked tan, brown, or gray spots or streaks to appear on the flower petals, leaves, buds, and stems. Most common are translucent or grayish spots. Flowers can be deformed.
This disease is most active during wet or humid weather conditions. Flowers are especially susceptible under cool, wet conditions with high humidity. Leaf wetness periods of more than four hours increases the chance of infection.
Large Tree Disease & Insect Control
Large trees are the most overlooked plants in the landscape. We often take their grandeur for granted. These large members of the landscape add beauty and shade to our properties. A properly managed tree health program can add years to your large trees.
Our tree pest control program treats large trees with natural sources of fertilizer that work to feed and improve the health of the soil, which in turn feeds and improves the health of the tree. We use high-pressure injections of beneficial microorganisms and slow-release fertilizer. Our expert staff makes sure your trees receive the attention they deserve.
Deep Root Feeding
Ornamental and large trees are some of the most neglected plants in the landscape, especially when they are located in turf areas. In deep root feeding, a probe is inserted into the soil, and a high-pressure liquid is delivered which provides fertilizer and organic additives and breaks up soil compaction. Contact Nature's Select™ today for information on this valuable service, especially if you have new trees and landscape.
Disease and insect control for large trees is accomplished by an injection directly into the tree trunk. The natural sap action of the tree moves the treatment throughout the branch and root systems. This is the most economical and environmentally friendly method for application of these products to large trees. All insecticides, fungicides, and fertilizers are confined within the tree instead of being released into the environment. We offer a wide variety of injections to improve and maintain the health of your large trees which include bactericide, fertilization, fungicide, Imicide, and insecticide.
Trees showing signs of stress such as limb loss, early leaf drop, or early leaf color change may need vertical mulching. Our newest method of “aeration for trees” breaks up the soil compaction. We drill two-inch diameter and eight-inch deep holes every two to three feet within the tree canopy. The holes are filled with a mixture of beneficial organisms and nutrients. In addition to relieving soil compaction, these holes provide a new space for the tree roots to expand and actually prevent re-compaction of the soil, while providing a way for oxygen to reach the root system. This is the best way to help trees recover from stress.
Tree Growth Regulation
Why slow a tree’s growth? Though it may seem that quick growth is a sign that a tree is thriving, it can be beneficial to slow down a tree’s growth. Trees that have been planted near a home or power line when they were young may begin to grow too large for the site as they mature. Slowing the growth of a tree can also allow the tree to focus its energy use on the root system to better absorb nutrients out of the soil. Regulating growth can reduce the need for pruning, prevent overcrowding of plantings, and extend the overall life of the tree. Also, construction can damage the roots of large, established trees. We have a product that can help with any of these situations.
When implementing a tree disease treatment program, sooner rather than later is always better. Allow Nature's Select™ to help with other challenges, too, including lawn diseases, Bermuda grass control, and grub control. Call us at the first sign of a problem at (336) 768-7999 and request your free estimate. We serve Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas, including King and Kernersville.