Plant Health Care

Proper Plant Health = Healthy Ecosystem

Using the most advanced treatment methods available we are able to safely treat your trees from the dangers of the many diseases and pests facing our trees in the Twin Cities. Our systems allow us to safely and effectively provide Emerald Ash Borer Treatment and Prevention, Oak Wilt Prevention, Dutch Elm Disease Prevention, treatment against Chlorosis, as well as treating against the many other dangerous pests and diseases present in our ecosystem.

At Sweet Leaf Tree Service it is our mission to provide you with the most innovative and effective treatment methods available. That is why we use trunk injection as our method of treatment. Trunk injection has been shown to be far more effective at controlling tree pest and diseases than either soil drenching or spraying methods. Aside from being the most effective option for treating your tree, trunk injections are also the most eco-friendly method available. Unlike spraying or soil drenching, trunk injection places the chemical directly into your tree limiting the exposure to you family, pets, and even the environment. The evidence is clear, when it comes to plant health care, trunk injection methods are far saver than soil drenching and spraying.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

It is recommended to be pro active in your Emerald Ash Borer Treatment, and to treat your tree before infestation occurs. The Emerald Ash Borer beetle presents itself in two stages. The first is the Larva stage; this is the destructive stage of the pest. The Larva feed on the inner portions of the tree damaging the vascular system, disrupting the ability for water and nutrients to flow freely, eventually leading to the tree’s death. The second is the Adult beetle. The Adult beetle chew on the leaves and have little affect on the tree’s overall health but can cause your tree to lose its natural beauty. There are four main ways to identify if your Ash tree may be infected by the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. 1) Excessive wood pecker activity 2) Tree canopy decline 3) Epicormic spouts 4) and 1/8 inch D shaped exit hoes in the bark of your tree. If your tree is showing any of these symptoms, infestation may have already occurred. Don’t worry; even if your tree has become infected, an early Emerald Ash Borer insecticide treatment can save your tree. As a general rule of thumb, if you are within 10-15 miles of a known Emerald Ash Borer infestation site your tree is at risk of infection. A free consultation is highly recommended to develop an effective Emerald Ash Borer treatment strategy.

Oak Wilt Prevention

This disease is responsible for killing large numbers of Oak Trees in Minnesota every year. Oak Wilt is spread in two ways. The primary way Oak Wilt is spread is by the root system. The disease moves from an infected tree to a non infected tree via a shared root system. The second way this disease is spread is by beetles picking up the disease from an infected tree and spreading it to a healthy tree. A common way to identify Oak Wilt is the top to bottom leaf discoloration and eventual dropping of the leaves from the infected tree. The Oak Wilt disease effects Red and White Oaks differently. Once a Red Oak becomes infected there is no chance of survival and the tree must be removed to prevent the spread of this disease. For White Oaks once infection is detected there is still a chance to save your tree, but prompt action and treatment is needed if your tree is going to survive. Early detection and treatment can make the difference in your trees survival. The two primary ways to treat and prevent the further spread of Oak Wilt is either through fungicide injections or vibratory plow. Every circumstance is different and the most effective treatment method will vary on a case by case basis. For the most accurate assessment of your situation contact us today to discuss your treatment options.

Dutch Elm Disease Prevention

This disease is caused by a fungi that affects elm trees and is spread by the elm bark beetle. In some instances Dutch Elm Disease can spread tree to tree via a shared root system. The first sign of Dutch Elm Disease is usually withering of upper branch leaves. These leaves will start to wither and turn yellow months before the usual autumn fall. Prompt action is crucial if you notice your tree showing any signs of this disease. Once more than 5% of the canopy is exhibiting die back your tree know longer can be saved by fungicide treatment and will need to be but down.

But Beware of other Pests and Diseases

These are just three of the many threats facing your trees in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Twin Cities Metropolitan area. As with any disease, early detection and treatment can be crucial to your trees survival.