What is Plant Heath Care (PHC)?
Plant Health Care, including Emerald Ash Borer, is the utilization of cultural, mechanical and chemical controls to optimize plant
health. Ideally, a comprehensive plant health care program is developed when the tree is first planted. A PHC program can
also be installed for mature trees, but the success of the program tends to show more variance and should only be administered
by an experienced Arborist.
Every individual tree requires a unique Emerald Ash Borer care program based on the age, size, location, and associated damaging pests.
A skilled Arborist will use tools from all 3 categories that address short-term and long-term needs.
Examples of cultural methods:
- Proper watering
- Planting the right tree to the right location
Examples of mechanical methods:
- Pruning to improve health and mitigate damaging pests
- Trenching root grafts to slow disease spread
Examples of chemical methods:
- Fertilization to improve growth
- Systemic insecticides
- Foliar fungicide applications
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