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“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
Understanding Fungi That Infect Trees
Toadstools, puffballs, dwarf benches and mushrooms are just a few of the names given to describe some of the fungi that can be affecting the health of your trees.
Formerly thought of as a group of simple plants lacking chlorophyll, fungi are now classified as a separate kingdom of living organisms. Fungi cause disease when a spore germinates on a susceptible host under the appropriate environmental conditions, producing hyphae (threads of fungal tissue) that enter and feed on the host.
Tree diseases caused by fungi can be broken down into four broad categories:
Root and Butt Rot Diseases - The diseases in this category infect and kill roots and cause decay of the roots and trunks of trees. These diseases can seriously impair the structural integrity of the trees they infect resulting in total tree failure often with little advanced notice.
Canker Diseases - These diseases commonly enter through wounds or branch stubs. The pathogen infects the bark tissue resulting in a sunken or discolored area of bark on branches or stems. Since many canker infections originate through branch stubs, the use of proper pruning techniques is very important in the prevention of canker diseases.
Foliar / Shoot Diseases - These types of diseases are some of the most commonly encountered plant diseases. Symptoms range from small spots to large blotches on leaves and needles and death of entire leaves, needles and shoots. Impact to plant health from foliar and shoot diseases can range from minor aesthetic damage to death of entire plants.
Vascular Wilts - Trees die quickly when wilts invade their vascular system, interrupting the transport of water and nutrients.
Management Options - Since fungal tree diseases cannot be treated in a curative fashion, management efforts must focus on prevention. The best defense against tree pathogens is a healthy tree. Tree and site selection, watering during periods of drought, and regular maintenance fertilization are the keys to maintaining healthy landscape trees. Fungicides are technical materials that control certain foliar/shoot diseases by inhibiting the growth of fungi when applied preventively (before infection occurs).
An integrated plant management (IPM) program such as SavATree's Arbor Patrol Program incorporates cultural, biological, and chemical control measures through routine monitoring of both the trees and pathogens. The selection of the appropriate method(s) of control is based upon the overall impact of the disease on plant health and landscape aesthetics.
This overview of the fungi that infect trees barley scratches the surface of the fungal world. Please consult with your arborist to determine the best course of action to protect your landscape.
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