SavATree ISA Certified Arborist

Tree Service & Lawn Care Expert Serving Alexandria, VA

David Wesley, ISA Certified Arborist

ISA Certified Arborist

Territory:

David operates out of SavATree’s Springfield, VA branch, providing comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to clients in Alexandria, VA. Some popular services offered to clients in the Alexandra, VA area include tree pruning and trimming, tree removal, tree and lawn disease management, tree and lawn fertilization, organic lawn care and tree care options, shrub services such as trimming and disease management, lawn seeding, lawn aeration, deer browsing prevention services including out effective DeerTech program and pest control such as mosquito and tick treatments. If you would like David to come out to your property and create a custom program to care for your trees and lawn, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Email: dwesley@savatree.com
Phone: (301) 343-1522

Qualifications:

David has been working on landscapes for over 25 years.

Education:

David earned his degree in Business Management & Finance from Towson State University.

Industry Involvement and Certifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert
  • Licensed Applicator
  • Certified in Plant Health Care and Lawn Care

Community Involvement:

Tree Preservation, Construction Damage, Mitigation, Insect and Disease Control

Personal:

David is married and has two children: a teenager and a toddler. He lives in Burke, VA where he enjoys chess and running.

Why He Became An Arborist:

“I started out in landscaping and providing general tree care services.  I really like the tree care aspect of it so arboriculture was the next logical step for me. My career gives me the opportunity to work with people and nature — two things I love.”

Customer Service Philosophy:

“I do whatever it takes to give value and satisfaction to my clients.  I want to provide the best possible service for my clients and their properties.”

What are David’s Customers Saying?

“I highly recommend David Wesley and his crew without any hesitation. In a field where there is an abundance of folks looking to take advantage of consumers with many trees on their lot, SavaTree, David and crew strike me as incredibly honest and proud arborists which do a fantastic job. Thanks for a job well done. I look forward to continuing my relationship with SavaTree and David.”
Debbie D., Silver Spring, MD
“This was a great job in every way. David was excellent in his advice and coordinating the set up of the pruning given all the wires around the tree. Will was extremely professional and excellent in the pruning. His colleague did a great job in clearing the limbs. Thanks.”
Lynn D., Springfield, VA
“I am happy with the results of the tree trimming. Mr. Wesley has always given good advice and made good suggestions; he is also very punctual about following up. The crew did a good job.”
William Y., Alexandria, VA

Observations in the Field:

The Importance of Mulching

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June 1, 2019 – Please consider placing mulch around the base of your trees. I see so much damage from lawn mowers and weed whackers where smaller trees become girdled and larger trees become scarred. Just be careful as not to exceed 2 inches deep and do not pile the mulch up on the trunk. The mulch will keep the roots from further damage. We are always looking for ways to help our client’s trees. Contact us today to schedule a free health assessment for your trees. 

Tree Problem in Alexandria

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May 19, 2019 – Please remember that ropes for hammocks, swings and support need to be moved or replaced every couple of years. I often find situations like these where there is no longer recourse. This can lead to tree failure or tree death. Contact a certified arborist from SavATree to walk your property for advice and recommendations.

Active Squirrels 

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May 11, 2019 – Squirrels can be cute little rodents running around, but they can also do damage to both large and ornamental trees. They can gnaw on and strip bark from trees. Although this is not too common, I have seen large branches fall from decay due to squirrels and smaller branches and trees struggle. If you want your trees evaluated for potential risk and safety, contact your local SavATree arborist.

Huge Burl in Alexandria, VA

May 3, 2019 – A Burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch. The wood is highly sought out by artists, furniture makers and wood sculptors. It usually poses no harm to the tree and can be quite interesting. Reach out to a SavATree Arborist for more answers and for a complementary consultation.

Lightning Protection Systems

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April 25, 2019 – I recently outfitted one of my client’s properties in Alexandria with a lightning protection system update. Every so often, a lightning protection system will need to be reviewed and redone. As a tree grows and envelops the copper nails that secure the cable to the tree, those nails need to be replaced and the cable moved away from the tree. The picture shows a fuse system attached to the cable so that an arborist can tell if a lightning protected tree has been struck. Reach out to SavATree and your local arborist to discuss options for protecting your more valuable trees. 

Unusual Cherry Trees in Alexandria, VA

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April 20, 2019 –  Black Knot Fungus affects Cherry, Plum, Apricot and Chokecherry trees in North America. The disease produces rough, black growths that encircle, girdle and kill the infested parts. Black knot occurs only on the woody parts of trees, primarily on twigs and branches, but can spread to larger limbs and even the trunk. A heavily infected plant can be incredibly ugly and are usually candidates for removal. Infected parts can be pruned out and fungicide applications may slow the progression of this disease. If your tree is showing signs of Black Knot Fungus, contact your local SavATree arborist!

Shot Hole Disease

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April 9, 2019 – Shot hole disease (also called Coryneum blight) is a serious fungal disease that creates BB-sized holes in leaves, rough areas on fruit, and concentric lesions on branches. Almost all above ground parts of the plants are affected including the fruits, buds and the stems, but the damage is most noticeable on the leaves. The symptoms begin with small (1/10-1/4”) reddish or purplish-brown spots with a light green or yellow ring around them. As the disease progresses, the damaged areas become slightly larger and then dry up and fall away, leaving small holes behind. As the fungus spreads, more leaf tissue is damaged until the leaf falls. Significant infections can reduce the amount of photosynthesis that can occur, weakening the plant and decreasing fruit production. The pathogen overwinters in infected buds and in twig cankers. Infection can occur any time moisture is present for at least 24 hours, as long as temperatures are above 36 °F. At higher temperatures, infection occurs more quickly. The pathogen can remain viable for several months and spores are often airborne. Since the fungi thrive in wet conditions, overhead watering should be avoided. Remove and dispose of any infected buds, leaves and fruit. Contact your SavATree Arborist for disease management!

Alcoholic Flux

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November 21, 2018 – This picture shows an Oak tree with bark staining and weeping from alcoholic flux. While there is no direct treatment for this, I usually recommend stress reduction measures with our ArborHealth fertilizer and our ArborKelp applications. I will also often recommend wood borer prevention applications to keep opportunistic insects away.

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

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November 20, 2018 – This picture shows the D-shaped exit hole and frass in the bark and crevices of the Emerald Ash Borer in an already compromised Ash tree. If the tree was still viable, I would recommend the tree injection with TreeAge. In this situation, the tree in question, unfortunately, needed to be removed. 

Hornbeam Infection in Alexandria, VA

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November 16, 2018 – This picture was taken in one of my clients’ backyards in Alexandria, Virginia. The picture is of diseased foliage from a Hornbeam. White this client does have a disease prevention program in place, it wasn’t sufficient enough for this year. Due to the excess rainfall throughout the summer months, we should have extended our Disease Control applications longer into the season. We have began three Disease – Deciduous treatments for this year and recommended the full program of five treatments for next year. 

Invasive Lawn Weeds in Northern Virginia

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November 16, 2018 – This photo shows a very invasive weed in the Northern Virginia area — Violets. Violets are vert difficult to control and require special attention. Regular lawn and weed control applications fall short.

Mimosa Webworm Infestation

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November 5, 2018 – This picture shows a severe infestation of Mimosa Webworms in a small Honeylocust tree. I recommended 4 to 5 Caterpillar Alert treatments based on the timing of the outbreak

Mushroom Outbreaks

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October 23, 2018 – This picture shows a wood decaying fungus at the base of an Oak tree. There have been heavy outbreaks of mushrooms around trees and lawns due to the excessive rainfall this year. This fungi was identified as Armillaria Mellea. We are not recommending tree removal at this time, but agree to revisit the property in 6 months to re-evaluate the situation. 

Boxwood Blight in Alexandria

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September 10, 2018 – This picture of Boxwood Blight was taken in Alexandria, VA. I recommended 3 Boxwood Blight treatments and ArborKelp to strengthen the shrub. 

Territory List:

Alexandria City
Potomac

Fairfax County
Alexandria
Belleview
Community
Engleside
Fort Hunt
Franconia
Jefferson Manor
Kingstowne
Mount Vernon
Newington

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