FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — BEDFORD HILLS, NY–(Marketwire – Sep 29, 2011) – In the wake of Hurricane Irene many homeowners and property managers are paying closer attention to their trees and wondering what, if anything, can be done to minimize tree-related storm damage in the future. While there are a number of steps that can be taken to strengthen and prepare your trees (pruning, cabling and bracing, insect control) SavATree recommends that homeowners also take a closer look at the science of tree care. SavATree is currently employing a number of new technologies that let customers better understand the health of their landscape trees and assess which trees might be at greater risk during the next big storm.

Measure Decay with a Resistograph

The resistograph is an ideal device for evaluating the internal structure of trees. Resistograph technology uses a small drill to detect resistance as it enters a tree giving arborists the ability to pinpoint areas of wood decay, stages of disease, hollow areas and cracks. These variations are translated into a graph, which looks a lot like an EKG print out. The tiny drilling hole closes itself up without any damage to the tree.

Quickly Diagnose Tree Root Health with an Air Spade

Using an air spade, arborists can quickly perform a visual inspection of your trees’ root system with minimum disturbance to the existing root structure. The air spade is a state-of-the art excavation tool that uses compressed air to cut through soil quickly and with great accuracy in considerably less time than conventional digging, allowing for more efficient service. This tool removes and breaks up soil — even hard clay — without damaging roots meaning that, in addition to diagnostic benefits, the air spade allows for easier installation of underground cables, pipes and utility lines as well.

SavATree uses technologies such as resistographs and air spades as supplemental measures to their standard, 14 Point Risk Audit. This customized audit helps customers to become more familiar with the health of their trees and allows them to make informed decisions on how to prepare for future storms. To learn more, visit

About SavATree: SavATree, the green choice for tree service and lawn care, provides environmentally sensible tree, shrub and lawn care services to residential, commercial, historic, government properties and more in select parts of CT, DC, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA and VA. Services include: tree pruning, tree fertilizer, insect control, tree disease and more. Organic, traditional and hybrid options are available. For more information, visit