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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid | Tree Spraying
Woolly Adelgid
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Winter Moth Caterpillars | Tree Spraying
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Asian Longhorned Beetle | Tree Spraying
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Arbor Care Tree Service

ArborCare offers an array of tree and shrub services ranging from natural pruning of specimen shrubs, to structural pruning of ornamental small trees, to pruning and removal of our areas largest trees. ArborCare also specializes in all aspects of plant health care with an emphasis on organic solutions to plant health problems.

SERVICE AREAS INCLUDE: Winchester MA | Reading MA Stoneham MA | Lexington MA | Melrose MA | Arlington MA Belmont MA | Medford MA, and surrounding areas.

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Fall Check List

  • FALL TREE & SHRUB SPRAYING:  Fall is an important time of year for tree and shrub care including pest & disease control, and winter protection. More...
  • TREE & SHRUB FERTILIZATION:  Fall fertilization is a key factor in helping trees & shrubs survive winter. More...
  • CABLING & BRACING:  Have trees inspected for structural deficiencies. A support cable system may be the difference between losing a large tree section under snow and ice loads or not. More...
  • TREE PRUNING:  Prepare trees for hurricane season and winter storms. Properly pruned trees will greatly increase a tree's structural integrity. More...
  • TREE REMOVAL:  Certain trees must be removed for safety, and to make way for younger, healthier landscape plants. More...

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Woolly Adelgid

A Canadian Hemlock infested with woolly adelgid pests (Adelges tsugae). These insects are deadly to Hemlocks and must be controlled quickly. without treatment, many specimen plants will be lost over the next decade. Contact our office for details on how ArborCare can help control these pests without the use of toxic chemicals.

ArborCare employs a number of different methods of controlling the woolly adelgid.  Some control options are aerial sprays, micro-trunk injection, and soil systemics, all of which are performed with little to no impact on the environment.  Choosing the proper method of control will require site inspection by one of our arborists. Please call our office if you believe your hemlocks may be infested or simply to implement a preventive maintenance program.

Winter Moth Caterpillars

Winter Moth

While oak, maple, and apple are preferred hosts, many other deciduous plants are susceptible to damage from winter moth caterpillars. These include but are not limited to: cherry, basswood, ash, white elm, crabapple, and blueberry. Winter moth caterpillars may also drop or ‘balloon’ onto nearby plants like roses, herbaceous perennials, annuals, etc. that may be found near or beneath infested trees. Winter moth caterpillars are not usually found feeding on evergreens or broad-leaved evergreens, although they have been found on certain spruces such as Sitka spruce (Europe), and heathers (Scotland). Partial defoliation can be the norm for this species. Damage to blueberry and apple crops is especially severe as the reproductive parts responsible for fruit can be destroyed before buds open fully.

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is a relatively new introduction into the United States. It is known to occur in five distinct geographic regions of New York City, several suburbs of Chicago and more recently areas of central and eastern Massachusetts. This pest was positively identified in a small area of Worcester, Massachusetts in August 2008 but is not known to occur in any other New England state. The ALB is a wood borer that attacks live, healthy trees; it’s presence usually leads to the death of the host tree. Homeowners and concerned citizens should be aware if its signs and report any suspicious findings immediately to the proper state, federal or Extension personnel.