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Kansas City Tree & Shrub Services

Tree & Shrub ServicesHeritage Lawns offers a three-step system for tree and shrub care. Step one is prevention. We take steps such as overwintering insect control, new growth protection, and early season protection to make sure your plants get a good start in the spring growing season. Step two is maintenance. We provide ongoing maintenance which may include a soil analysis, an improved watering regimen, treating existing problems, and continual observation for detection of disease or insect infestation. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical. Step three is treatment. At Heritage, our horticultural specialist will prescribe a treatment protocol to rid the plant of disease or insect infestation. This Tree & Shrub Care Program, custom designed for your landscape, enables us to offer the best results without unnecessary product applications.

Landscape Tree & Shrub Maintenance Protects Your Investment

If you’ve shopped for trees or shrubs or have ever had to replace existing plants, you know your landscaping plants are a big investment. Replacing adult trees can be very expensive, so prevention is your best defense against budget busting plant replacements. Most plants can be treated and saved if diagnosed early enough, so don’t hesitate to call us when you notice something unusual. Our horticulture expert can recognize and treat dozens of diseases common to Kansas City trees and shrubs.Common Kansas City Tree & Shrub Insect InfestationsIt helps to see problems early if you know what to look for. Here are some common diseases and insect infestations to be on the lookout for in your landscape:

  • Spider mites – when the weather turns hot, look for this tiny trouble maker and its webbing on burning bushes and yews
  • Lacewings – this small fly-like insect likes to attack azaleas
  • Aphids – this small pest is commonly found on roses just underneath the flower
  • Bagworms – at the end of May, these caterpillars hatch and hang in small sacks. They prefer evergreens like junipers
  • Emerald Ash Borers – larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients
  • Japanese Beetles – Japanese beetles attack the foliage, flowers, or fruits of more than 300 different ornamental and agricultural plants

Common Diseases in Trees & Shrubs in Kansas City

Some of the most common diseases we see are Tip Blight on pine trees and Apple Scab on crabapple trees. But there are dozens of tree and shrub diseases to be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common diseases and their symptoms:

  • Anthracnose – blotchy, brown, dry, spots on leaves and leaf dropping
  • Apple Scab – black & brown spots on leaves and leaf dropping in late spring and early summer
  • Black Knot – large clumps of bark swell on the ends of branches. A soft green growth turns to hard black knots in the fall
  • Cytospora Canker – yellow, orange or black areas on the bark of evergreens. Needles turn brown and lower branches die back
  • Dutch Elm – leaves on infected branches turn dull green to yellow, curl, and become dry and brittle. The branch will wilt. Wood beneath the bark will show a brown discoloration.
  • Leaf Spot – spots on leaves that are can be tan, brown, or black. Rings or dark outlines around the spots may occur
  • Needle Cast – needles turn red to brown on the tips in winter or early spring
  • Oak Wilt – leaves wilt and fall off. Sapwood develops streaks and fungal spores may appear on red & pin oaks
  • Phomopsis Blight – in the spring, when new growth is wet, it turns brown.
  • Powdery Mildew – a white or gray film covers the leaves in late summer. Leaves turn brown and drop off
  • Rust – a fungi that produces spores on the undersides of leaves. Usually yellow, orange, purple, black, or brown. Sometimes, the fungi is found on the top side of the leaf as well
  • Tar Spots – starts in mid-June with small yellow spots which grow larger throughout the season
  • Tip Blight – on pines it starts with the needles turning brown or grey which can move to the branches. The ends of the branches (usually the lower branches) will turn brown and curl up
  • Verticillium Wilt – leaves look scorched and wilt and fall off. Branches start to die back. Maples are very susceptible

If you suspect tree or shrub disease, damage, or insect infestation, call Heritage Lawns & Irrigation immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. We have a better chance of saving your valuable landscape plants if we catch it early. Our horticulture expert can diagnose and start insect and disease treatment right away. Our tree and shrub programs and ongoing maintenance plans will keep your plants insect and disease free. For Heritage tree and shrub treatment in Kansas City, Call Heritage Lawns & Irrigation at (913) 451-4664.

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