508 Martin St Longmont, CO 80501 Service Areas: Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Erie, Gunbarrel, Niwot, Mead, Lyons, Berthoud, Loveland
BUGS AND DISEASES
Zimmerman Moth (image)
Pine Tip Moth
Pine Needle Scale
Striped Pine Scale
Ponderosa Pine Bud Worm
Ponderosa Pine Needle Miners
Pine Bark Beetle
White Pine Weevel
Pinion Pitch Mass (image)
Pinion Gall Midge
Cooly Spruce Gall (image)
Shade Tree Borers
(Metallic Wood Borer-Birch, Juniper, Apple, Dying and Stressed out Trees) (image)
Bees/ Wasps/ Horntails
(Pigeon Trimex- Conifers, Silver Maple, Ash, Cottonwood, Elm)
Leaf Curl Aphids (image)
Aphids on Shade Trees and Ornamentals
(Aspen, Ash, Cotoneaster, Dogwood, Lilac, Poplar, Willow)
Insect and Mite Galls
(Cottonwood, Lilac, Birch, Pine, Aspen, Poplar, Willow, Apple)
Serpentine Leaf Miner
Leaf Chewing Caterpillars
(Forest, Cherry, Apple, Ornamental Shade)
Tent Making Caterpillars (image)
(Aspen, Fruit Trees, Oak, Cottonwood)
Asian Longhorned Beetle
Cottonwood Leaf Beetle
Bronze Birch Borer
Juniper/ Hawthorne Rust
Honeylocust and Birch Borer
Lilac Ash Borer (image)
Emerald Ash Borer (image)
Brown Head Ash Sawfly
Burr Oak Gall
(also Willow and Apple)
European Elm Bark Beetle (image)
European Elm Scale
Elm Leaf Beetl
(Apple, Pear, Quince, and Crab Apple)
Peach Tree Borer (image)
(Cherry, Cotoneaster, Plum, Apricot, Pear, Hawthorne, Mountain Ash)
Soil Injection/ Drench
Soil Injection is a high concentrate, low volume, high pressured application. Treatments are injected into the top 2-4 inches of soil surrounding the affected tree. Uptake occurs through the tree's root system. Soil injection/ drench can be an easy and effective method in suitable locations.
Trunk Basal Spray
Trunk basal spray is a low pressure treatment applied to the lower five feet of a tree's trunk. The application is absorbed through the tree's bark and transported through the vascular system.
New Heights Plant Health Care uses ArborJet products. We have chosen this product because their formulations are continually evolving to bring a highly effective insect/ disease specific application with minimal environmental impact.
New Heights Plant Health Care practices integrated pest management (IPM). This practice is a targeted approach to specific insects and diseases as opposed to a blanketed "kill all" tactic.
We strive to stay up to date on the latest, highest quality, and safest products available while taking both tree health and environmental concerns into consideration.
Application delivery methods are based on the insect's developmental stage (e.g. flying, caterpillar, or larvae nesting under bark) as well as tree location, and personal preference.
APPLICATION DELIVERY METHODS
Dormant oil sprays or horticultural oil applications are used to treat leaf eaters such as aphids, spider mites, scale insects, caterpillars, and egg masses that may have survived the winter. Treatments are done in the early spring before bud break and may be repeated if the tree has a history of infestation. Delayed dormant oil spray can be applied between bud break and flowering with similar results.
Tree spray applications are tree and bug specific.
Exact timing important to catch the insect at its most vulnerable point. Schedule as early as possible.
Micro-injection (via Quick Jet Injector)
Micro-injection is an efficient delivery system that provides immediate treatment to the tree following application. It can be used to deliver small quantities of insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics, minerals, and nutrients.
Micro injection can provide season long control of insects and disease and is rapidly becoming a preferred method of treatment.
Micro-injection is advantageous in that it uses the tree's natural transport and delivery system. It is a closed system that produces no air, soil, or ground water contamination. Also, micro-injection can be done in inclement weather (e.g. rain, wind, etc.) when tree spraying would not be possible.
Applications are injected through a specially designed pressurized needle into the tree's xylem layer. The small point injection system greatly reduces wound size and injury to the treated tree. No drilling is done to the tree.
From the xylem layer, the application is then distributed throughout the tree's vascular system. In the case of Emerald Ash Borer, because the insect feeds on the xylem layer, the tree needs to be in relatively decent health for the vascular system to be able to deliver treatment.
DEEP ROOT APPLICATIONS
Longer time to break down
Generally longer lasting than synthetics
Nutrients quickly made available to plant
Beneficial fungus that has symbiotic relationship with tree roots
Results in increased mineral
and water uptake area
TOP SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY
•Slow or no growth
•Leaf yellowing (Iron Chlorosis)
•Sparse or thinning foliage
Colorado soils are notoriously low in zinc and iron, high in lime, and generally have a PH of 7 or above.
These deficiencies are compounded in urban landscapes which are subject to erosion, top soil leveling, and soil compaction. Furthermore, urban trees often do not receive the necessary nutrients that would normally be acquired during the decomposition process.
Deep root fertilizing is the application of liquid slow-release fertilizer directly to the root zone of trees and shrubs.
Macro-nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus,calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, as well as small amounts of micro-nutrients such as iron, manganese, and zinc are all made bio-available to the tree.
The pressurization of the application aerates the root zone and in turn increase the amount of available oxygen to the tree. This additional oxygen is very important for root growth.
Improved aeration and root growth makes the tree more able to capture any naturally occurring water.
Overall tree health is improved, and the tree can better use its own defenses when facing adverse conditions such as drought, insects and disease, or harsh weather conditions.
BENEFITS OF DEEP ROOT FEEDING
•Greater resistance to insects and disease
•Higher tolerance to drought conditions
•Overall increased tree vigor and root strength
•Greener denser foliage
•Solid establishment of new trees
The best line of defense is a proactive approach with deep root fertilization.
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Fertilizer and Deep Root Feeding
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Insects and Disease
New Heights believes in maintaining a tree's healthy growth pattern with preventative health care and treatment before trees can become dangerous, infested, and require removal.
How to Identify an Ash Tree
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CHALLENGES OF THE URBAN TREE
Poor and Compacted Soils
Colorado's soils are notoriously low in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In addition, soil compaction and competing root systems in urban environments decrease the amount of minerals and water the trees' roots can obtain.
Due to these factors TREE FERTILIZING, SOIL AMENDMENT, and DEEP ROOT FEEDING are important proactive steps to increase the availability of minerals, water, oxygen, as well as loosen compacted soil around the tree. In turn, overall vigor can return and enable the tree to use its own defenses against insects and disease.
Insect Ability to Overwinter in Warmer City Environments
Some insects that would normally die during winter freezes are now able to survive the winter months by sheltering in warmer urban areas. This survival strategy allows the insects to grow in both population and habitat area.
Non-Native Insect and Disease Infestations
Due to tree concentration, insect and disease transference rates are high in urban environments. Lack of natural predators and the planting of non-native species have led to the introduction of invasive species and maladaptive growth.
All of these stressors predispose urban trees to a greater risk of insect and disease infestation. New Heights Plant Health Care, LLC carries a large selection of
Poor Drainage and Restricted Growth Areas Due to Initial Planting
Urban planting often results in less than optimal placement of trees. Cramped root areas and poor water drainage often results in fungal growths which weaken the tree and make it a good candidate for infestation.
Many insects carry out a symbiotic relationship with fungoid when attacking a tree. MICRO-INJECTED FUNGICIDES can provide systemic relief for the tree and lessen the chance of attack from insects and disease.
EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB)
Call Now to Schedule Spring 2014 Preventative Application
to read more about the history and life cycle of the Emerald Ash Borer
On November 12, 2013 the Colorado Department of Agriculture enacted an emergency quarantine in an attempt to contain the Emerald Ash Borer outbreak discovered in NE Boulder on September 23rd.
The emergency quarantine prohibits the sale and/or movement of all plants and plant parts of ash trees.
Included but not limited to:
•The Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis, in any stage of development.
•All plants and plant parts of ash trees, including but not limited to:
•Logs and green lumber
•Nursery stock, scion wood, and bud wood
•Chips and mulch, either composted or uncomposted
•Stumps, roots and branches
•Firewood of any non-coniferous (hardwood) species
Areas are included in the emergency quarantine:
•The entire town of Erie
•The area extending east from Boulder County to the south including Highway 7, to the north including Highway 52 and to the east including Weld County Road 7
•Highway 93 extending south from the Boulder County line to the entrance of Republic Landfill, including the entire landfill property, and including the entire property at 11218 Highway 93 on which the business of the Singing Saw Woodworks is operated
•The 15-acre, fenced Community Sort Yard located at 8200 Highway 7 in Allenspark, on the Boulder/Larimer county line
September 23, 2013
Emerald Ash Borer initally discovered in Boulder CO.
Ash trees should be treated when Emerald Ash Borer infestation is detected within 10-15 miles of location.
(Herms DA, McCullough DG, Smitley DR, Sadof C, Williamson RC, and Nixon PL. 2009. Insecticide options for protecting ash trees from emerald ash borer. North Central IPM Center Bulletin. Pg. 6.)
Currently an Emerald Ash Borer infestation is under quarantine in NE Boulder, CO.
Ash trees surrounding this area that are desired to be saved should be treated with emamectin benzoate in the spring of 2014. This treatment is effective for up to two years.
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Scheduling now for Spring 2014
Emerald Ash Borer Preventative Application