Tree Tips & Resources
- Choosing a Tree Service Company
- Why Trees Are Important
- Tree Hazards - Know the Signs
- Tree Facts
- Tree Quotes
- Insect Control
- Selecting the Right Tree Variety
- Tree Varieties
- Tree Reflections
- Shrub Identification
Lawn Tips & Resources
“We appreciate the time and attention that your Arbor Patrol team takes to maintain the overall health and appearance of the trees, bushes and general grounds. As they say, you can only have one first impression and the impression the grounds make on both residents and visitors alike is always positive thanks to your caring maintenance. Just as the trees continue to grow and blossom under your care, we hope our relationship with SavATree does the same.”William Toedter
“After four different unsatisfactory visits with so-called arborists, I found SavaTree... I was most impressed with the professionalism of David [my arborists] and his colleagues. They were most knowledgeable, fair with their assessment about what needed to be done, yet very attuned with what my concerns. I highly recommend them without any hesitation. In a field where there is an abundance of folks looking to take advantage of consumers, SavaTree, David and crew strike me as incredibly honest and proud arborists who do a fantastic job.”Debbie Durkin
Silver Spring, MD
“I am a new and highly satisfied customer of SavATree. For 50 years I have lived in the same house in the Greenhaven area, and in that time I have never had a tree company that gave me such fine service.”Joan Kleinbard
“It is always a pleasure working with SavATree as your company provides the best plant, tree and lawn health care that we have experienced at the Ives. Always professional, courteous and responsive to our needs, SavATree’s services have provided our employees and patrons with pleasant outdoor experiences in an insect free environment for several years.”Kathleen G. Gallagher
The Charles Ives Center for the Arts
“For over 14 years, I have entrusted the care of my trees, plants and orchard to SavATree. Their highly qualified arborists have exacting standards and understand how to maintain the health and form of the various species of trees on my property. I admire the artistic skill that goes into the pruning and love the colorful blossoms, fruits and foliage that flourish as a result of their impeccable care.”Martha Stewart
"Efficient, high quality, professional competence — all at a competitive sum. At first [Alison] Pottage won me over by her solid knowledge as an arborist, then the crew did their job to her specifications on our 60 to 70 foot oaks within a remarkable period of time -- and left the grounds quite clean.”
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“You take on a job, call it a problem, gigantic or small, and you go to it. True Professionals. I am at peace for having found SavATree. Sometimes bills are paid grudgingly. I pay with respect to a company whose pride lives up to its logo. It’s love of what you do and I thank you.”Sam Fink
Great Neck, NY
Pine Tree Care and Diseases
Pine Tree Varieties, Pine Tree Diseases, Pine Tree Fertilizer, and Pine Tree Problems
Pine trees are softwood evergreens that can grow in compact groupings, making them ideal for use as a screen or windbreak. There are about 110 species of pine trees, with many color variations among species. The Eastern White pine, for example, has bluish needles in groups of five. Most pine trees have a pyramid shape when young, but become a freer formed canopy as the tree matures. Pine tree cones are typically grouped in the top third of the tree, maturing at different levels based on species. Cones are the fingerprints of pine trees with no two species having identical cones. Several species of pine trees are used in large landscapes, parks and as Christmas trees.
How to Grow a Pine Tree: Most pine tree varieties are medium to fast growing and can transplant well. Pine trees prefer acidic, moist and well-drained soil and sun to part shade.
Size of a Pine Tree: Ranges by species – white pine 50-80 feet tall / 50-60 foot spread.
Pine Tree Care
Pine trees have many large lateral branches and root systems are usually shallow. Using a pine tree fertilizer in addition to regular watering and pruning helps keep trees healthy and better able to tolerate stress, insects and pine tree diseases.
Newly planted pine trees benefit from ArborKelp®, SavATree’s exclusive seaweed biostimulant fertilizer which aids in tree establishment, promotes root growth and heightens stress tolerance.
Mature and established pine trees benefit from fertilizer feedings of organic-based macro and micronutrients for the nutrition necessary to sustain their health.
Pine Tree Pruning
The fast growing pine tree can outgrow its surroundings and shape if not pruned. Pruning is recommended to preserve or improve pine tree structure, vigor and life-span.
Pruning can reduce specific defects or structural pine tree problems to greatly lessen the risk of failure. Tree branches that are broken, dead or show signs of disease are typically removed in order to prevent decay-producing fungi from infecting other areas of the pine tree.
Removal of live branches is occasionally necessary to allow increased exposure to sunlight and circulation of air within the canopy. This assists in reduction of certain pine tree diseases. We also advocate the removal of branch stubs to promote successful and proper healing of wounds.
Your SavATree certified arborist is equipped with the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to keep your pine trees healthy, beautiful and safe. Contact us today for information on pruning or any of our other pine tree care services.
Common Pine Tree Problems
Common Insects Affecting Pine Trees:
- Bark beetles
- Sawfly larvae caterpillars
- Pine needle miners
- Pine needle scales
Pine Tree Diseases:
- Canker diseases
- Needle cast
- White Pine blister rust
- Root rot
Symptoms of Pine Tree Diseases & Pests:
- Cottony growth on bark
- White resin
- Needle discoloration
- Holes in trunk
Many of these insect and disease conditions can weaken the pine tree and lead to tree death if not treated. If you suspect a problem with your trees, call a SavATree certified arborist right away for an evaluation and treatment options. Our pine tree care experts can help protect your trees and keep your landscape beautiful.
If you’d like to establish pine tree varieties in your landscape, we can connect you with a pre-vetted landscape expert that can help you purchase and plant new pine trees. For a complimentary consultation with a certified arborist, contact the location nearest you.
Photo by Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State
Diseased photo: Pine-Blister-Rust-5362139 byH.J.-Larsen,-,-Bugwood.org