Don’t be fooled by specials and coupons in your mail this spring and summer. Trees throughout, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County trees need a specialist to take care of them properly. Local lawn care, landscape maintenance companies, and pest control companies don’t have the experience nor the expertise to give your trees the complete examination, assessment and treatment required to keep them thriving long into the future.
If you needed heart surgery, would you go to your family physician? Of course not! You would seek out a cardiologist who specializes in heart care. Likewise, you really should hire your local arborist to work on your valuable trees. All lawn care company specializes in lawns, not trees.
Here are the 10 Reasons Why You Must Hire a Specialist (like Rick’s) and not a Lawn Service to Care for Your Trees
An arborist is a specialist
Your arborist specializes in trees. He understands trees from their roots to their leaf canopies. He can diagnose damaging diseases and pests beyond Spotted Lantern Fly and Emerald Ash Borer.
An arborist will give your trees a thorough examination
When your arborist works on your property, he’ll give your trees a complete exam. He’ll determine what nutrients are missing and what pest controls are needed. Your plant health care technician will also prescribe a program that helps your trees survive and thrive despite weather conditions, drought, diseases, and pests.
An arborist is educated and experienced in the art and science of tree care
To become an ISA certified arborist, your plant health care technician needs:
To have at least three years of full-time, practical work experience with trees. John Rogalsky, Certified Arborist for Rick’s Plant Health Care, has over 13 years of experience working with trees.
To take a rigorous exam for certification through ISA.
Continuing education to retain their certification in arboriculture.
Rick’s Plant Health Care is NOT a franchise
Rick’s Plant Health Care, founded by Certified Arborist John Rogalsky, was originally formed under a division of Ricks Tree Service.
Rick’s is a local company based in West Chester, PA and, no they don’t do lawn work. They are highly educated tree experts and adept in diagnosing the latest problems, enabling them to help homeowners from Media to Pottstown and just about every town in between, stay ahead of the most recent pest and disease issues.
Your arborist reassures new homeowners about the condition of their trees
Just because your trees have Spotted Lantern Fly, Emerald Ash Borer or scale insects, it doesn’t mean it’s a death sentence for your woody plants.
Yes, the pest or disease needs to be treated. But if you also address the nutrient needs of your trees through a feeding program, they are more resistant to diseases, insects and drought.
Your arborist will identify all of your tree problems in addition to Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Just about everyone knows about the SLF and EAB issues because they’ve been on the news. Rick’s hasn’t entered the tree health care market for a quick buck. They will be here long after the attack has ended
There are many causes of poor tree health care. Here is a brief list of common tree diseases we deal with almost daily:
Bacterial Leaf Scorch
Dutch Elm Disease
Rhizosphera Needle Cast
Trees also suffer from other more common insects, such as:
Your arborist will identify and clearly explain what, if any issues your trees’ are dealing with
When you visit a specialist, you expect to receive a proper diagnosis of your problem and a clear plan to lead you back to heath. It’s the same with an arborist. He’ll properly diagnose your trees’ problems and set up a program to help them heal and thrive for decades.
Your arborist will save you money:
You might think an arborist will be extremely expensive, but that just isn’t true. In fact, you will save money in the long-run. The cost to remove a tree, haul it away and repair the ground where it stood is much more expensive than keeping the healthy with a planned care and feeding program. And, you will be sure to preserve the investment in your tree and surrounding landscape.
Your arborist is thorough in his job—he’ll employ plant health care
The primary focus of arborist is to save your trees and have them thrive despite environmental stressors. A “tree doctor” will employ a plant health care program that includes diagnosis, a plant health care plan for longevity, fertilizers, proper irrigation, disease and insect controls. And the best part? He will eliminate the need for the visit from the “chainsaw” doctor.
Unlike many of the new players into this arena, a professional arborist will almost always visit your property to truly inspect your trees.
Your local arborist will examine the canopy, leaf and twigs, bark, root collar as well as the soil and area where your tree calls home. Then consult with you, the homeowner, when you can ask detailed questions about the health and diagnosis of your trees and shrubs. Although many so-called “landscaper/tree experts” attempt to shortcut this step, it CANNOT be done through email, a phone call or Google Earth.
We are tree specialist and treat MORE than the “in-the-news” Spotted Lanternfly and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Many companies are attempting to capitalize solely on the SLF and EAB frenzy. If you think your trees have SLF or EAB, then you certainly need an arborist to visit your property and take a look at your trees. Whether your trees are suffering from attacks from the Spotted Lanternfly and the Emerald Ash Borer or not, there are many other insects and diseases that can attack healthy trees.
The arborist at Rick’s is an ISA certified arborist with 13 years working in the tree care industry. He and his team will take care of your trees holistically and will not make a diagnosis over the phone. There are no shortcuts to providing proper diagnosis of tree disease and insect infestation.