Hendel's Tree Care & Landscaping has long been using concerted efforts to minimalize pesticide use by using selective insecticides and only applying products when absolutely needed. Using the least amount of chemicals is what's best for the trees. We want the trees to naturally be immune to these insects and diseases, and overdoing pesticides makes the trees and shrubs reliant on those chemicals.
As our world keeps changing, we keep on having to make changes about what we value. We are building homes and businesses on land that has never supported commercial types of plantings before. There are environmental challenges that need to be dealt with. Organic pest control is going to be a major change in how we look at traditional pest control over the next few years.
- Organic Tree & Shrub Care Benefits
- Hendel's Organic Tree and Shrub Care Program
- Organic Tree & Shrub Care Recommendations
Organic Tree and Shrub Care Benefits
Why treat your trees and shrubs organically? Several reasons include:
- Nontoxic to people, plants, environment, and animals
- Creates a healthy balance of beneficial and pathogenic organisms
- Creates a healthy balance of beneficial insects
- Stimulates a plants immune system
- Increases the diversity of microbial organisms to give the environment less room for bad organisms
- Restores water holding capacity of soil and plants
- Root masses increase naturally for long term benefits
- Products are made from natural sources
- Green house gases and carbon burning fuel usage is limited in development of organic products, because they are mostly made by natural causes
- Local economy and small business entrepreneurs benefit the most from these products, because big corporations don't want to take the time and resources to make organic products that can't sell as much as traditional products
- You're doing your part to make the world and environment we pass on to the next generation a healthier and less polluted place to live.
Hendel's Organic Tree and Shrub Care Program
Hendel's Tree Care & Landscaping is proud to be doing our part of helping the environment. By using organic products for those who want it, and by using limited amounts of chemicals for those who don't, we are saving tree after tree after tree. Our trees produce the air we breathe, and we all know how important that is becoming. Why do you think the air smells fresher and cleaner in a forest than in a city? Because trees and shrubs produce air! We thank those of you who are concerned enough about the environment to use our organic program. Features of this program include:
- Beneficial insects: we will release beneficial insects that go after the larvae and adult insects that do your horticulture damage. Do you know that one ladybug can eat 25 aphids every day!
- Beneficial bacteria and fungi: We release beneficial bacteria and fungi to promote good fungi that bad insects and diseases don't like to be around, and help the tree or shrub naturally grow to its full capability and health.
- Organic fertilizers and nutrients: We make our own mixture depending on your property.
- Physical and environmental changes: We might need to do some different things to the environment the horticulture plants are in. This may include removing competing plants that create problems for each other, adding plants that help one another, trimming parts of your plants that are causing problems, removing debris, changing watering cycles, and much more.
- Soil airification and drill composting: This will help with soil compaction and get great nutrients down into the roots immediately for the tree to start absorbing. The tree will feed off these nutrients for years to come.
- As a last measure, if your trees are struggling with an insect or disease that can't be cured 100% organically, we can use an injection system to put a chemical into the tree. This can be a one-time procedure to stop the deteriation of the horticulture plant. By injecting straight into the tree, we are not putting pesticides into the soil or air. The hope is that by stopping the initial decline and attack of a pest, we can then start a preventative organic program after the trees problems have subsided to a normal level. If your situation deteriorates or begins in this stage, we will discuss the options with you before hand, to see if you really want a traditional chemical application.
Organic Tree & Shrub Care Recommendations
There are several recommendations to observe when caring for organic trees and shrubs. These include:
- Never fertilize trees with chemical fertilizers. Use only certified organic products.
- Trees require regular watering. Use a drip system whenever possible.
- Avoid watering trunk of tree. Trees love slow deep watering.
- Always use filtered or solarized or well water. Never use straight city water as it may contain chlorine or some other chemical that can poison the trees.
- Allow time for trees to recover. The bigger the tree, the longer it will take to recover.
- Raise the energy level of the tree thru the addition of compost rich in trace minerals and bacteria. Trees love rock Dust!
- Know the law of cause and effect. Control the cause and you control the effects. Trees with high energy levels are not attacked by pests.
- Don't cut down trees. Ask a professional to do that.
- Learn your trees. Plant only trees that will grow in your area. Give your favorite tree a name.
- Protect trees from dogs. Dog urine is very acidic and will injure the tree's root system.
- Cultivate the soil regularly. The soil will get packed so that water and air may not reach the roots. While you do not need to turn the soil over, it would be good to use a pointed tool to punch a hole into the ground at least 1 or 2 feet deep. This will allow air to reach down as well as by placing compost into it, also allow nutrition to reach root systems. Tree vents are excellent for this use.
- Mulch. Provide plenty of mulch. Not more then 2 or three inches and never touching trunk.
- Protect trees from people!
- Do not poison the soil. Avoid spilling gasoline, paint, salt etc.
- Remove any tight wire supports, as this will strangle the tree as it grows.
- Plant ground covers. They make a great living mulch which conserves water.
- If you are having a tree pest or disease problem, contact us for immediate treatment options.