Plant Health Care
(Adapted from ISA Consumer Brochure)
Until recently, tree care professionals (arborists) and other landscape care providers were called in only after problems had reached an advanced stage and became noticeable. Drastic reactionary measures were then necessary to save plants and, all too often, even the most radical interventions failed.
Plant Health Care begins with the premise that if you tend a plant properly– if you can prevent a plant from undergoing stress by giving it the proper location, sunlight, soil, moisture, and protection from pests — the plant will thrive. With PHC, arborists and other landscape professionals establish ideal growing conditions for the plants they tend. They remove the stresses which drain a plant’s energy, then bolster its natural defenses by determining and meeting essential requirements. By modifying the basic elements of plant growth, the PHC specialist can turn weak plants into healthy and vigorous specimens.
Like wholistic approaches to human health care, Plant Health Care stresses preventive maintenance with chemical interventions as a last resort. Both PHC and human health maintenance use holistic approaches to establish and sustain health and vigor. Simple principles are the foundations of both:
- Preventive care
- Frequent monitoring (check-ups)
- Early detection of problems
- Informed decision-making
- Integrated treatments to provide long-term, stable solutions.
PHC recognizes that every property is different and that every plant offers its own unique challenges and opportunities. By exploring the landscape with you and understanding your desires, the PHC specialist develops an individualized care program that meets your specific needs. PHC allows for one, some, or all plants to be monitored. Certain information will surface concerning “key plants” which are of significant monetary or sentimental value. The client’s desires and expectations drive the PHC concept.
Frequent monitoring ensures early detection of problems. Several times during the growing season (usually every 3 to 6 weeks depending on the practitioner and geographical area), a professional “scout” trained in the diagnosis of horticultural diseases and deficiencies visits a client’s property for an inspection. When the inspection is completed, or soon after, the client receives a scouting report which advises of any existing or anticipated problems. Should either exist, the client is given complete information about the problem and the urgency for treatment, and is advised of all available treatment options
With a little knowledge, home owners, partnered with an arborist, are much more likely to arrive at good long term solutions for their trees. Check out our plant health care information and preservation and prevention tips! We support you in your desire to know what is best for your trees.
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