Mark operates out of SavATree’s Rockville branch in Maryland, providing comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo and Potomac, MD. Mark and the team not only provide excellent and professional tree, shrub and lawn care services to clients, but also provide the best customer service available in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. Some popular services offered to clients in the Chevy Chase area include tree pruning and trimming, tree removal and take downs, shrub trimming, tree and lawn fertilization, lawn and tree disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, organic lawn care and other organic care options, weed control, lawn seeding, lawn aeration, pest management such as organic mosquito and tick treatments and deer repellents including our DeerTech program. Need an arborist? Look no further than the experts at SavATree. Reach out to the Rockville branch today to schedule a consultation with Mark!
Phone: (301) 377-9389
Mark has been in the field of Horticulture for over 22 years. Before joining SavATree he was the Director of Grounds and Landscape for Johns Hopkins University.
Mark earned his degree in Philosophy and History with a minor in Botany from Manhattanville College.
“I love the outdoors, history, cooking and causing general mayhem with my daughters. ”
“I became an arborist long ago because I strictly believe it is my duty to protect and enhance the natural heritage around us. ”
“Listen and take the time to put yourself in the customer’s horticultural mission statement.”
Past Ambrosia Activity
April 8, 2019 – Can you find the perpetrator of this destruction in these photos? Look for the two very small holes. The scoundrel, who has destroyed this 60 foot Magnolia Grandiflora in under 5 months, is the Ambrosia Beetle. Every year about this time, all suspect trees should be checked for past ambrosia beetle activity. Results of hidden damage from last season, which may have been missed earlier, could be obvious now. Don’t let this devastation happen on your property. Be sure to ask your SavATree Arborist about invasive species and how they can impact your landscape investment.
March 8, 2019 – Did you know moss is usually an indicator of several biological conditions in your soil structure? No matter how hard you try to seed and grow grass, if you don’t approach the process correctly, you’ll be forever struggling to get the results you desire. Last year, especially in the Bethesda, Maryland area, I encountered an overabundance of moss growth. This growth was due to the prolonged period of inclement weather, given both higher than above average rainfall and a decreased amount of ambient daylight. Low-lying drainage issues and deep shade areas were also a significant contributor to moss growth. I recommend a program of balanced nutrition achieved though soil testing and the use of gypsum, lime, or both to de-compact soils and adjust pH. In addition, I would consider strategically removing branches from trees to let more sunlight shine on the lawn if shade is an issue. Another alternative could be to begin an aeration program to de-compact the soil and pick a species of grass that will work well in the different areas of the lawn. It takes more than purchasing seed from your local home improvement store to make a perfect lawn. Contact your local SavATree Arborist to learn more about strategies like those above to remove moss and enjoy the lawn of your dreams.
February 7, 2019 – Winter snow loads can weigh down your tree branches and shrubs and can cause breakage. When winter breakage happens, a trained eye can assess the damage and make repairs with corrective pruning. This can be prevented from happening with a property assessment during the warm seasons. Together we can create a pruning program that will help your trees avoid breakage in the winter and save you the headache! As part of this assessment we can come up with a multi-year or phased approach that fits all needs and budgets because caring for a landscape is an approach not a one-time fix. So enjoy the winter, hunker down, stay warm and know that SavATree is on your side guarding your property throughout all the seasons.
Tree Care and Safety
December 18, 2018 – One item that should be at the top of the list when hiring a tree company is safety. There are many safety practices that are vital when working on trees. A large marked perimeter and signage set in the work zone is created for both tree team member safety and everyone in the surrounding area. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE): job site hard hats, brightly colored clothing and fully functional, inspected gear is critical, not to mention an established, pre-job briefing protocol. As seen in the photo, we are performing a hazard reduction, canopy inspection, and maintenance pruning on these magnificent, large oaks help to ensure these trees will thrive in the years to come.
American Ash and the Emerald Ash Borer
December 13, 2018 – This American Ash was a beautiful tree that had shown no signs of infection in June, but in just a few short months, by October, the tree was fully compromised and lifeless all because of a little insect: the Emerald Ash Borer. As a reminder to those who have healthy Ash trees on their property, please have your trees inspected and protected so that we may help this arboricultural American wonder survive. Schedule your complimentary consultation and find out how you can protect your ash trees and other wonderful members of our canopy.
October 19, 2018 – Sometimes our best intentions to improve our landscape cause unexpected issues. When mulching shrubs and trees, never cover the crown of the plant or bury it in mulch. Doing this creates an anaerobic environment and vectors in pests and pathogens. This photo shows a Boxwood that has fallen prey to Boxwood Blight simply because the perfect conditions for the culturing of the bacteria are present from over mulching.
Ambrosia Beetle Damage
August 22, 2018 – This season’s unusual rainfall and temperature have interfered with this pesky character’s life cycle and he hasn’t shown up on time, but he is here and he is waiting for an opportunity. There are several species of Ambrosia Beetle with some measuring only 2 to 3 millimeters in length. The female tunnels into trees and excavates chambers where eggs are laid. An Ambrosia Beetle can completely devastate over 100 species of deciduous trees, as shown in this photo of a Dogwood, by burrowing into tree trunks, stems and branches. Speak to your arborist if you have sensitive species on your property.
August 16, 2018 – Work with nature, not against her. If you take a look around and pay attention to the environment, friendly creatures are always lurking and helping you improve your surroundings. Take these beautiful creatures. Did you know that ladybugs help control pests that would otherwise destroy your plants? They have a natural instinct to protect the plants around them and eat many insects that would destroy plants and crops. These ladybugs are often used as biological pest management; providing protection to your garden from parasitic insects and helping reduce the use of harmful pesticides. This is referred to as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. To find out more about what friendly creatures can help protect your landscape, ask your ISA Certified SavATree Arborist!
August 16, 2018 – This summer season is bringing in more than heat; it is also helping Chinch bugs wreak havoc in many people’s lawns. Chinch bugs are often associated with open, sunny areas and, often times, are in groups of 150 to 200 insects per square foot. Chinch bug infestations occur in turf grass that is exposed hot temperatures, causing patches of irregular sizes to appear. If you start noticing patches appear on your lawn, contact your local SavATree Arborist!
Hydrangea and Coloration
July 13, 2018 – Stop. Look at the beauty that is nature. Have you ever wondered how these hydrangeas, similar in a molecular scale, showcase varying vibrant colors? Hydrangeas are inflorescence and bloom in variety of colors ranging from blue to pink, purple, and white. This coloration is affected by the use of soil amendments; the more acidic the closer to blue the bloom becomes, and the less acidic the closer they become to pink or even red. So, how acidic is your soil? Have you ever had your soil tested? To learn more, contact your certified SavATree Arborist and find out all the cool things that happen below ground and how it affects your plants and trees!
June 27, 2018 – One of the first things I look at when I walk a new property is to scan the intentions and level of love given by the homeowner to their landscape sometimes it can take the forms of guying, stabilizing or rigging up leaning or falling trees. The problem is the monitoring of these braces ….most of the time they get forgotten about and the good intentions and the helping hands become a threat to the tree. I’d like to remind folks that support is just that ..support. Check it regularly to prevent situations like this from occurring.
June 21, 2018 – Have you noticed strange melting red tinted patches in your lawn? This almost appeared overnight throughout my territory particularly during the cool and heavy rainy period we have just experienced. My phone didn’t stop ringing. This is a turf fungal pathogen called Red Thread. Left unchecked, this can develop into large, irregular patches leading to die back and possibly an entry point for other fungal disorders, like patch disease. We have been treating this disease throughout my territory after our heavy rainy season with a regime of staggered curative and preventive approaches. With the help of my lawn specialist, Zachary Taylor, we have been both chasing this issue down. It’s been a challenge.
June 19, 2018 – Sometimes during Arbor Patrol you find some of the best friends helping you out in the garden; for example, the Eastern Two Lined Skink. This little behemoth is a garbage can monster who will eat beetles and many other insects that haunt and destroy our customers’ properties. So if you see my friend, make way and make room for he’s a helper and not an enemy.
Checking for Ambrosia Beetle
June 14, 2018 – Have you checked for Ambrosia Beetle on your property ? this insect waits for no man. But Misha the Wonder Ambrosia Beetle sniffing dog is on the case and she’s currently looking for her arborist father to get on it and start searching your property.
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