Ornamental trees, shrubs and floral plant-scapes will add beauty to any home or business and can significantly increase the value of any property. Our tree and shrub insect & disease control program will eliminate and restrain damaging insects such as Japanese beetles, bag-worms, mites, grasshoppers and other leaf-chewing insects. Our program includes a combination of dormant oil, contact & systemic insecticides, and fungicide products that will protect all of your valuable ornamental trees, shrubs, landscape plantings and floral plant-scapes. Before we get started lovingly caring for your trees and shrubs, we’ll come to your home and review everything to determine what needs to be done, as well as what particular pests may be causing a problem.
Insect & Disease Control – Applications
* Disease Treatments — Our fungicide applications will help your plants fight off most diseases. We’ll monitor them throughout the season to make sure everything is working properly.
* Insect Control — Some bugs are beneficial, believe it or not! Our program is designed to protect the “good” ones while controlling the destructive pests.
* Trunk Injections — This means exactly what it sounds like: We inject fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers directly into the tree’s vascular system. At times, this is the only method to treat some issues.
Insect & Disease Control – FAQ’s
- Insect and Disease Control
- 1. What is the purpose for dormant oil?
During the winter months insect pest such as aphids, mites and scale nest in landscape plants. Spraying plants with dormant oil blocks the spiracles through which insects breathe, thus killing them by suffocating them. This is an effective and ecologically friendly way to handle many pests and even some diseases.
- 2. Can you get rid of Japanese Beetles?
Yes, we use both a contact and systemic insecticide that is very effective against Japanese Beetles as well as many other insects.
- 3. Will the insecticides used stain my home or hard-scapes within my landscaping?
No, the insecticide has a little white residue but does not leave a stain.
- 4. In referring to trees, what is the maximum height you can service?
Our spray equipment can actually spray upwards to 100 feet in height, however depending on the location of the tree, surrounding vegetation, neighboring property considerations and wind drift we prefer limiting our services to about 30 feet maximum.
- 5. How do you control bagworms?
Timing is very critical in spraying evergreen trees for bagworms. Our insecticide used not only prevents new bagworms from being established it also kills any that may be present at the time our tree and shrub treatment is applied.
- 6. Is your program safe for eatable fruit trees?
The dormant oil treatment is a safe ecological treatment but the remaining 4 treatments have combinations of insecticides and fungicides which are not safe on eatable fruit trees.
- 7. My burning bushes did not turn red, why?
Multiple possible issues, first your burning bush needs plenty on sun light, second the soil needs to be slightly acidic and not alkaline. But the most common issue we have experienced is spider mites. Spider mites feeding on a burning bush will cause discolored leaves and leaf drop. Spider mites will suck the sap out of the leaf. This can severely stress the plant. Hot dry weather and water stressed plants favors a population explosion of spider mites. You may see webbing on the leaves and branches. To determine if the plant is infested with spider mites, hold a sheet of white paper underneath some of the discolored leaves and tap the leaves. Tiny dark specks about the size of pepper that move around on the paper are spider mites. (See the next question for more information on spider mites)
- 8. I heard not all spider mites are bad, is this true?
Yes this is true. Predatory mites are natural enemies of other spider mites and typically predatory mites are red in color with longer legs and are more active. Spider mites are small and often difficult to see with the unaided eye. Their color range from red and brown to yellow and green, depending on the species of spider mite and their appearance can change throughout the season.
- 9. What is the difference between contact and systemic insecticides?
An insecticide destroys, suppress, stupefy, inhibit the feeding of, or prevent infestations or attacks by, an insect and the mode of actions that they work will either be by contact or systemic. Many pesticides are 'contact' pesticides. This means to be effective they must be absorbed through the external body surface of the insect. Other pesticides are systemic in action. Systemic pesticides can be moved (trans-located) from the site of application to another site within the plant where they retain a longer residual protection against insects. At TurfGator, we mix both modes of action contact & systemic for a highly effective treatment for controlling insects.