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Damaged Tree Repair & Prevention

Cabling & Bracing To Support Your Tree

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We have Certified Tree Experts, Certified Arborists and NJ Approved Foresters that are trained to detect signs of insect damage, disease, and environmental stress, as well as to identify potentially dangerous structural defects.  Every 2-4 years we recommend having the valuable trees in your landscape inspected by a professional arborist.  We will provide you with a detailed report of our findings and a recommended action plan, if warranted.  Often, proper pruning, fertilization or cabling/bracing can help extend the life of important landscape trees.

Cabling and bracing are techniques used by arborists to help support structural weaknesses that may develop or exist in trees. V-shaped crotches at the intersection of primary limbs are typically weaker and have the potential to split during high winds and in violent weather. When structural issues are identified, we may recommend installing a high strength tensile steel cable in the upper crown of the tree to reduce the risk of splitting and storm damage. Our arborists use proper materials and techniques that conform to all professional ANSI industry standards.

Save Your Tree From Girdling Roots

Root Collar Excavation & Air Spadingroot collar excavation

Improper planting depth and excessive mulch can be the death of a tree.

The gentle root flare at the base of a tree needs to be visible. When the trunk rises out of the ground or mulch bed like a telephone pole, we most always find a tree that is on its way to long-term health problems.

Excessive soil and mulch over the root flare encourages the growth of girdling roots, which are roots that grow around the trunk or across lateral anchor roots of a tree. These girdling roots cut off the vascular movement of water and nutrients between the roots and the leaves in the canopy.

While mulch is good at maintaining soil moisture, suppressing weeds, and minimizing soil compaction, it should never be more than 2-3” deep and should be kept several inches away from the bark. Besides encouraging girdling roots, mulch “volcanoes” slowly suffocate a tree and provide access and safe harbor for voles that love to feed on tree roots.

When such conditions are identified, we may recommend re-establishing the proper soil grade with an air spade that uses highly compressed air to safely remove excess soil and mulch without damaging the tree’s root system. We cut any girdling roots and then backfill exposed roots (maintaining a visible root flare) with a blend of compost, soil and mediums that help resist soil compaction.

Lightning Protection Systems

lightning strikeLarge trees are vulnerable to lightning strikes. Like homes that are protected with a lightning protection system, we do the same with large shade trees. Specimen trees are worth tens of thousands of dollars in the landscape and in a blink of an eye can become a casualty of a lightning strike. The force and energy of a strike can kill trees outright or structurally weaken the to the point that necessitates removal. Damaged trees often decline slowly and become predisposed to insects and disease, and eventually die.

Organic Plant Care LLC can recommend and install a lightning protection system for your valuable trees. This is an important investment to help minimize the potential of a lightning strike. We use high quality lightning protection and UL listed components in our installations. Once installed the system needs to be inspected annually to ensure its continued integrity.

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