Tree Care 101: What to Expect in The Coming Months - Atkins Inc

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HomeTree CareTree Care 101: What to Expect in The Coming Months
March 14 2017
Chad Thomas

Contrary to popular belief, a severe (cold) winter does not greatly reduce the insect population, but an early spring can greatly increase their numbers. High average temps in early spring can bring pests out of their winter hibernation early which allows them to complete more life cycles. Spider mite numbers alone can increase exponentially. We have spotted leaf miners already feeding on boxwood, so we’re keeping a very close eye on things for our clients.

Bacterial and fungal disease issues will also be on the rise. When spring moisture collides with rising temperatures, disease pathogens multiply quickly.  Add windy conditions to that and the disease cycle becomes an epidemic. Fire Blight (bacterial) and Rust (fungal) are two of the early problems that we encounter, but all types of blight-type disease infections are possible with this abnormal weather.

It’s also that time of year for landscape beautification. Pruning your trees and shrubs is very important for disease and insect prevention and for aesthetically pleasing growth and flowering. Mulch is also very important for water retention, organic material addition and insulation for good feeder root development plus it gives instant gratification to your outdoor area.

We are in full swing and looking forward to a great growing season.  Hopefully Mother Nature is kind to us this year!  Help us help you with any plant or grounds maintenance concerns by keeping a close eye on your property and notifying us with any abnormalities. We’re more than happy to come out, look things over and give any recommendations needed.

Fun Tree Facts:

  • Neighborhoods with well shaded streets can be up to 10 degrees cooler in the summer.
  • Trees properly placed around buildings as wind breaks can save up to 25% on winter heating costs.
  • Children with a view of trees and greenery from their home score higher on tests.


About the Author
A certified arborist, Chad Thomas serves as Atkins’ Ornamental Tree & Shrub Health Director. Since 2007, Thomas has been a part of the Atkins team where he has managed and developed all programs involving landscape and native plants for our commercial and residential customers. Thomas’s plant growing and management experience makes him one of the best plant resources in the area. He started his training and green industry career with Stark Brothers Nursery in Louisiana, Mo., where he primarily dealt with plant propagation and Integrated Pest Control (IPM). In addition, Thomas is a certified nurseryman. He also spent six years managing a nearby vineyard and dealt with IPM development, propagation, harvest and training.
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