Phone: (301) 758-9126
Josh operates out of SavATree’s Rockville branch in Maryland. He provides comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to properties in Rockville, Garrett Park, Poolesville, Claksburg and Laytonsville, MD.
Josh earned his degree in Forest Resource Management from West Virginia University.
Josh has been working on landscapes such as trimming and tree removals, plant health care, and lawn care since 2013.
Originally from Frostburg, Josh is a Maryland native who currently resides in Columbia, MD with his lovely wife and German short-haired pointer (Toby). A true outdoorsman, Josh enjoys hiking and swimming with his buddy Toby. When he is not in the field helping homeowners create better landscapes, he is enjoying nature at Deep Creek Lake or traveling the globe; his favorite travel spots are Colorado, USA and Vienna, Austria.
“I became an arborist because I enjoy being in nature and meeting people. I’m passionate about educating homeowners about their landscape and improving their property.”
“I believe in providing the best customer service I can; providing honest and knowledge-based recommendations that service your trees and landscapes in the best possible way.”
Along with Joshua Franz, SavATree’s Mid-Atlantic District Manager, Josh attended the 7th annual family-friendly 5K Orchard Trail Run hosted by Clarksburg Church at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD. The event provided a great opportunity for SavATree to connect with some of the local community members and teach them about plant health and lawn care.
March 22, 2019 – Spring is here and the Rockville, Maryland team is hard at work today in Damascus, MD installing SavATree’s Three Circles DeerTech protection. Deer love to munch on new Spring growth. They will nibble emerging Crocus, Begonias, Hyacinth, Iris, Impatients and Tulips… just to name a few. Deer especially love Hosta and will eat the spikes as soon as they emerge, and begin to open. Hosta’s long purple flowers, which will develop later in the growing season, are also a favorite. Sedum is vulnerable early in the season when it is emerging, and deer will nibble them to the ground, stunting their growth. They will even strip the lower growth off Weeping Cherry Trees by pulling leaves off the branches. Hibiscus and many related flowers will even entice deer to come onto patios and decks to find these potted plants. They will target the buds of lilies before they open, but will also eat the leaves off the sides of the stalks. Deer will start giving birth soon and if you have deer in your backyard you will most certainly see more in the near future. And once a baby deer is born in an area, it does not leave that area until it is old enough. Protect your flowers and shrubs this Spring before deer choose your yard to raise their family!
National Invasive Species Week
February 28, 2019 – February 25 to March 3 is National Invasive Species Week. There are plenty of invasive species including plants, insects, animals and more. I would like to highlight Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) this week. In Montgomery County, Maryland, where our Rockville branch is located, Ailanthus is present all over the area. This tree grows rapidly and challenges native species. It is also the main food source for another invasive species — the Spotted Lantern Fly. While the Spotted Lantern Fly has not been identified in our area yet, it is projected to be here son. Help reduce both populations by calling your local SavATree arborist and get their expert opinion on the best options for your yard.
January 18, 2019 – Winter is here, and plants around us are feeling the pressure. Snow accumulation can cause trees to break and harsh cold winds can zap the life out of evergreens. The worst part of winter is our solution to keep our roads safe. We all know the best preventative treatment for snow and ice is salting the roads. Most people do not see the effects of salt on plants. Salt burns foliage when it makes contact. The salt also seeps into the ground if shoveled or plowed underneath your trees and shrubs. You may not see the adverse effects until the spring. SavATree offers an Anti-Desiccant protective spray for the foliage and the flushing of salt from the soil. Jack Frost may not have a green thumb, but SavATree sure does!
Making Decorations from Nature
December 13, 2018 – Trees are crucial part of our biological survival. Trees provide oxygen and lessen carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They are essential, but most often people don’t truly appreciate trees for what they can be. This client saw beyond what is and created this beautiful Christmas ornament shown on the photo. Grab some pine cones, leaves and spray paint; you too can make easy, fun crafts with your family this holiday season! Happy Holidays!
Inspect Your Christmas Trees
November 30, 2018 – It’s that time of year when the holiday season is upon us; family, gifts and beautifully decorated trees. Last year, 27.4 million real Christmas trees were sold! When choosing the perfect real tree for your home, be sure to inspect the tree for more than its fluffiness or height. There are several different insects that could be lurking in your tree. Smaller insects could go unnoticed, but if you have a Praying Mantis egg case lurking in your tree, you could be in trouble! These will hatch and spread hundreds of babies all through your home. When it comes to your Christmas tree, be sure to thoroughly inspect it. When it comes to your outdoor trees and shrubs, contact an arborist at SavATree to inspect it!
Leaves on Grass
November 9, 2018 – Fall is a beautiful time of year where leaves change colors, dance off of trees and slowly make their way on your carefully treated lawns. This inspires a great debate: is it better to leave these leaves on your lawn or is it better to keep them off? When deciding to remove leaves on your lawn or to keep them, it’s important to recognize what type of lawn you have. A fully established lawn may be able to handle these fallen leaves, but newly core aerated and seeded lawns will not survive. If you have any questions about your lawn and how leaves can affect its health, contact your local SavATree arborist today!
October 5, 2018 – This Ash Leaf is one of the many leaves affected by the unusual amount of rainfall this year. Different types of species showcase different ways they are affected. In this case, Ash trees are rapidly losing their leaves so early in the fall season. How do we prevent early leaf drops? SavATree’s ArborKelp Treatment may be just the cure to reduce stress on your trees. ArborKelp will not only help improve soil structure and help absorb their much-needed nutrients, it will also help with root grow that will prepare the trees for a successful leafing in the springtime! Not all the issues look like this, but only in nature is a disease this beautiful. For more information on SavATree’s ArborKelp Treatment, contact your local SavATree arborist now!
Taking Down Large Trees
September 25, 2018 – Trees are beautiful and are essential for our environment and our well-being. What happens when they need to be taken down? Take a look at this photo. Can you see how big this is? There are a lot of risks and planning when it comes to tree removal. If you have tree removal needs, be sure you do it right! Contact your local SavATree arborist and get your free estimate!
September 14, 2018 – A praying mantis has a very big appetite, so it’s fortunate that it is also an accomplished hunter. These magnificent insects help farmers and gardeners by eating moths, roaches, and aphids, as well as small rodents in their fields and gardens. In fact, the mantis is the only predator fast enough to catch mosquitoes and flies. It is also the only insect that can turn its head all the way around (180 degrees). This photo was taken at the SavATree Rockville office.
Interior Tree Rot and Decay
August 16, 2018 – Summer is here, the sun is shining brightly, and the heat is at its height. You take cover under a magnificent tree in your backyard and notice weird mushrooms growing. These mushroom growths on your tree could be a sign of interior rot or decay. During the stormy season, these could post a threat to your property; trees with interior rot tend to fail when left unaddressed. Protect your home and your family, reach out to our Certified Arborists today!
Butterflies and Organic Options
July 30, 2018 – Butterflies are more than just aesthetically pleasing. Did you know that butterflies are indicators of a healthy environment? Butterflies such as this are pollinators and are highly important to our landscape. It’s vital that we protect these creatures; that’s why SavATree only uses products that are safe around these pollinators, as well as offer organic options to ensure we keep the environment and your property healthy. Contact your local SavATree Arborist now for a complimentary consultation!
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