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Tree Service, Lawn Care and Urban Forestry Expert serving Washington DC

Domenic Bello, ISA Certified Arborist

ISA Certified Arborist

Territory:

Domenic operates in the SavATree Rockville branch in MD, providing comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to Washington DC. Some of the most popular services that Domenic offers to clients include shrub, lawn and tree diagnosis, prevention and treatment, tree, shrub and lawn fertilization, shrub and tree pruning and trimming, tree removal, lawn aeration, lawn seeding, organic lawn care and other organic treatment options, pest control including mosquito and tick treatments, weed control and deer repellents including our popular and effective DeerTech program. If you would like to hire the best experts in the industry, then look no further than our SavATree team! Contact Domenic today if you are in the Washington DC area and would like to receive a free consultation and custom plan to treat your property.

Email: dbello@savatree.com
Phone: (240) 426-8913

Qualifications:

Domenic has worked with SavATree for over two years starting in plant health care. This was his first job after graduation.

Education:

Domenic earned his degree in Plant Science with an focus in Horticulture from University of Maryland.

Industry Involvement and Certifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist

Personal:

Domenic lives in Rockville and he enjoys dogs, cooking, spending time outside and games of every kind.

Testimonials

“We had several trees that needed to be removed. One tree in particular had partially fallen on a neighbor’s roof. We were anxious to have this tree removed. We called 3 companies, and chose SavATree. Domenic Bello came within a couple of days of our call. They were respectful of our yard and the neighbor’s yard and roof. They worked in a timely manner. All debris was removed. We were pleased with SavATree’s work; we highly recommend them.”
Elsa B., Washington, DC
“Your crew did a great job, cleaned up really well, offered good advice as to which branches should be cut and which should remain, and were friendly and courteous. I will definitely recommend SavATree to anybody who needs similar work done. You should know that I got two other estimates, and yours was the best in terms of pricing and overall suggestions on what to do. And it’s always great when the actual work doesn’t exceed the estimate.”
Scott S., Washington, DC

Observations in the Field

Cherry Blossoms Along Massachusetts Avenue

April 9, 2019 – No need to trek to the Tidal Basin to get your cherry blossom fix! These mature Cherry Trees off of Massachusetts Ave in Northwest Washington DC are showing off some impressive blooms. Where are your favorite cherries in DC?

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Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

March 18, 2019 – We are quickly approaching the most beautiful time of year in Washington, DC: the blooming of the Cherry trees! While the historic trees around the Tidal Basin are an extremely popular tourist destination, did you know that there are hundreds of Cherries planted throughout DC? Often planted as street trees, Cherry trees provide a wonderful visual spectacle each Spring and help bring shade and value to the urban landscape. However, the perfect cherry blossom does not come easily! These pictures of Cherry trees were taken on the same day, on the same street, and are the same species. The difference? The thin, barely-blooming tree has been affected by Cherry Shot Hole, a fungal disease affecting Cherry trees at all stages of life. The shot-hole fungus will cause the Cherry tree’s leaves to drop early which, over time, will lead to decreased vigor and lack of blooms. If you have noticed that your Cherry tree is not as vibrant as it once was, call a SavATree Arborist this Spring! With the right care plan, we can promote vigorous Spring growth and help restore your Cherry tree to its former glory.

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Mushroom and Fungal Growth

March 1, 2019 – Something in this picture does not belong. Can you spot the problem? This mature Maple has been in decline for many years, with more and more branches dying back each spring. The mushrooms growing at the base of the tree are a sign of fungal decay in the tree, the cause for its decline. Once inside the tree, decay is nearly impossible to eradicate. If left unchecked, decay will spread, weakening critical points of the tree (like the root collar pictured here) and making it more prone to failure. Decay can exist within a tree for years before being identified, oftentimes until it is to late to save the tree. Paired with a wet and cool environment, a harmful fungus can spread rapidly through a susceptible species. If you see ANY sign of mushroom/fungal growth on your tree, contact your SavATree arborist as soon as possible. This could be a sign of a potentially fatal fungus in your tree, an issue that should be addressed immediately. With a customized care plan and specialized recommendations, SavATree can keep harmful fungus from spreading and help your trees thrive.

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Dormant Pruning

February 22, 2019 – Whether it be beautiful flowers, happy bees, or fresh produce, there is no argument that fruit trees add a wide range of benefits to the urban landscape. While the idea of fresh apples right from your back yard sounds very appealing, perfect fruit can be hard to achieve without giving your trees a little support. To improve the health and yield of your fruit trees for the future, structural pruning is recommended in  the early years of the tree’s life! Not only does pruning help promote the ideal fruit-bearing structure for your trees, it can also stimulate vigorous new growth during spring and summer. This Apple tree, pictured below, is undergoing a structural prune on a beautiful winter day. If you are considering planting a fruit tree this season, or already have an orchard of your own, time is running out! Now is the ideal season to prune your fruit trees, before they break winter dormancy and begin their spring growth. Please give your SavATree arborist a call before the winter ends, so that we can craft a care plan to make your orchard thrive in 2019!

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Winter Storm Damage

January 30, 2019 – Winter is upon us and with winter comes the damaging effects of ice and snow. While the risks of snow and ice on your trees may be obvious, a winter storm is not always necessary to cause damage. This ash branch failed and came down on the shed not from ice or snow, but simply from winter winds! A strong gust is enough to cause significant damage, as freezing temperatures make already brittle deadwood even more fragile and prone to breaking. This tree poses a significant risk throughout the remainder of winter, as more limb failures are only a gust away. To keep you and your family safe, it is a great idea to have any trees close to your home inspected by an ISA certified arborist. With a trained eye, an arborist will be able to identify any dead or potentially dangerous branches, and make a recommendation on how best to reduce the risk to you and your home. Be prepared for the next winter weather event by scheduling a meeting with you SavATree arborist!

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Trees and Construction Projects

December 5, 2018 – Before you start your next landscaping project, stop and consider the impact on your trees! This silver maple, which seems healthy from afar, had a wooden deck built completely around it. Over time, the tree continued to grow, while the deck did not budge. The result is a large wound to the lower trunk of the tree, caused by the girdling of the deck. This wound left the maple exposed to the elements, rendering it structural dangerous and at risk for a multitude of biological pathogens. In the end, this poor maple needed to be removed. If you are planning a new construction or landscaping project, please consult an arborist before you begin! We will give you recommendations on the best way to protect your trees and shrubs during the project, and how to set them up for success in years to come. Get in touch with your SavATree arborist today.

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Tree Health

November 20, 2018 – It is amazing what lies dormant in a sick tree. This unhealthy Beech was safely removed back in June. While we knew there was decay present in the tree, it would be hard to tell by looking at the wood. Four months later, and we have seen an insane amount of fungal growth on this wood! While the fungus was always present in the tree, the heavy rain and damp conditions this summer caused an explosion of fungal activity, leading to the mushroom covered logs we see now. If you are seeing fungal growth of any form taking place on or around your trees, please have a certified arborist come out to look at your trees!

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Leaf Scorch

September 4, 2018 – Have you been seeing early fall color on your Katsura tree? Premature leaf drop? These symptoms could be the result of leaf scorch, caused by full sun, high heat, and strong winds. This environmental damage is most prevalent on trees in open areas with lots of exposure to the sun. You will see from the photos that the entire upper canopy of the Katsura has browned, while the lower, shaded branches remain unharmed. Since this damage is climate related, there is not much that can be done to prevent it. The best course of action is to keep the tree as healthy as possible, and giving it a late season feeding of ArborKelp.

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Spider Mites

August 16, 2018 – What is wrong with this Boxwood? It may look like drought stress or nutrient deficiency, but if we get up close, we can see that this damage has been caused by warm-season spider mites! Almost invisible to the naked eye, these tiny arachnids thrive off of the heat, and will be more prevalent in areas near paved surfaces and in full sun, where they can reproduce at an alarming rate. The mites feed on the plant cells, leaving behind small white streaks that we call “stippling.” If you are seeing similar damage on your shrubs, please call to schedule a Spider Mite Treatment!

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Ambrosia Beetle

August 16, 2018 – Ambrosia Beetle spotted in DC! This Dogwood was showing signs of early fall color, which can usually indicate drought stress. However, upon further inspection, this is the work of the ambrosia beetle. Attracted to trees in stress, these insects can completely cripple a tree in a few short weeks if left unchecked. They are characterized by the long tubes of frass that emerge from the entry holes. If you are seeing any tubes like this on your trees, please contact an arborist right away.

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Trees Can Grow Anywhere

August 1, 2018 – Plants are magnificent and they are also mysterious. How in the world is this tree growing here? Trees have the ability to grow almost anywhere that has a water source. Like other land plants, trees are descended from aquatic plants. In prehistoric times, organic soils were not yet developed as they are now. It’s believed that the earliest terrestrial plants may have grown on bare rocks near water sources. Fig Trees, Apple Trees and Pear Trees are examples of plants that can grow almost anywhere. What other type of trees can you think of? Ask your local SavATree Arborist for more information!

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Mildew on Trees

July 6, 2018 – Is your Crape Myrtle covered in a white, dusty coating? Are you seeing the leaves curl, or the blossoms not breaking? You could be dealing with powdery mildew, like the Crape pictured here! This fungus favors shade, high humidity, and heat, and is popping up on Crape Myrtles throughout Washington DC this summer. If left unchecked, the mildew can disrupt photosynthesis and stunt the tree’s growth. Cultural practices are going to be the best way to control powdery mildew, such as planting trees in full sun, planting resistant varieties, and ensuring good air flow throughout the tree’s canopy. However, powdery mildew can be kept in check by our Deciduous Disease Treatments if it is caught early!

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Plum Lecanium Scale

June 19, 2018 – One of the worst scale infestations I have ever seen! These plums are loaded with lecanium scale, multiple generations by the looks of it. The plums are right next to a sidewalk and roadway, blasting the trees with excess heat and stresses that the scale thrives on. These trees are in need of two systemic scale treatments this season to help knock back the active bugs. They will also need to be treated next spring, to target the scale in the crawler stage.

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Vorobeck Removal

June 19, 2018 – With this beech, we were presented with a unique situation. The tree was not safe to climb, as the decay was widespread. We could not reach it with a crane, making the removal of the wood a challenge. We decided ultimately to notch and drop the tree, leaving us with very little room for error. It is not everyday that you get to flop a tree this large in DC! Thanks to the experience of our veteran climber, Wilfredo Dubon, we were able to safely disassemble the tree, leaving behind a lifetime supply of firewood.

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Territory List:

District of Columbia
Chevy Chase
Washington

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