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Keep your Trees Healthy & Beautiful

You want your trees and property to be healthy and look good so you can enjoy time outdoors and be proud of your home.

But it's not always easy to know if something's wrong with your trees, what's causing it, or how to fix it. Or how to prevent tree problems in the first place!

That's where we come in. We have the specialized knowledge, experience, and tools to quickly identify and remedy tree problems. Plus, we offer scheduled preventive care and regular monitoring of your property to stop tree health issues before they start.

So you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that your trees and property are safe, healthy, and well taken care of.

Learn more in our Tree Health FAQs >>

What Do Your Trees Need?

Arborist Consultations

Our licensed arborists will assess your trees and give you a detailed tree health plan that will keep your beautiful trees flourishing and healthy for years to come.

If you're planning a construction or major landscaping project, we provide pre- and post-construction planning and care to help your trees not only survive but thrive in their modified environment.

Testing for Decay, Rot & Hollowness

It's often straightforward to identify decay in your tree - it may be visible or easy to feel when the decayed area is probed, or it can be detected by the sound made when the decayed area is hit with a rubber mallet.

Internal rot and hollowness of the tree are different because they can't be seen. We use a special tool called a resistance drill to test for these defects (it produces electronic data that's evaluated to identify annual rings, density behavior and decayed zones in the wood).

All of these findings help us in determining the best plan of action for your tree(s).

Tree Risk Assessment

Tree risk assessment is a systematic process used to identify, analyze, and evaluate the degree of risk a tree may pose to nearby structures or people. We look at specific features of the tree and compare them to standard criteria to determine how great the risk is. This allows us to develop recommendations to help monitor or mitigate any risk.

All of our assessments are conducted by an arborist certified with a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and using a methodology developed by the International Society of Arboriculture.

We conduct assessments as part of determining a tree's general state of health and use the findings to recommend tree health care options.

Tree risk assessment reports are also used for insurance claims submissions and court proceedings.

Your Property is Unique

Every property has a unique blend of plants, hardscape, soil, surrounding structures, sun exposure, moisture requirements, and more. You may have a vision for what you want it to look like or how you want to use it.

We take all of that into consideration when creating a customized tree health plan for your property. Your property is unique - and so are the treatments, preventive programs and monitoring schedules we develop for you.

Schedule an Assessment Today

Regardless of the time of year, it's never too late (or too early!) to schedule a property assessment. Trees can experience stresses, damage, and pest or disease problems throughout the year so it's wise to get on top of any issues now, rather than waiting.

What to Expect

We'll conduct a thorough inspection of your property to assess your trees, growing conditions, environmental issues, and anything else that could affect the health of your landscape trees.

We'll then let you know what we found and recommend a plan to keep your trees as strong and healthy as possible.

There's no obligation to purchase after a property assessment and we'll never pressure you to sign up for any services. It's your property - and your decision.

Tree Health FAQs for Connecticut Properties

THC stands for Tree Health Care, and it is sometimes referred to as PHC or Plant Health Care. 

Both refer to services such as fertilization, pest control, disease control, identifying tree issues, and more. In short, anything that we can do to prevent and/or treat tree issues.

Trees can get sick, just like we do. The key to effective treatment is to quickly identify the cause (often, it's an insect pest or a tree-infecting disease) and then administer the appropriate "medicine."

Our Tree Health Care Manager will choose the best option to control or eliminate the pest or disease, while ensuring that the treatment has as little impact as possible on other plants or living creatures (such as pollinators and beneficial insects). We'll also recommend ways to prevent the problem from recurring.

The Rayzor's Edge Tree Service arborists are trained to look for any issues with your trees or property during their consultations. 

Knowing what to look for is the important first step. Then, looking past the symptoms to the underlying issue and treating (or preventing!) that issue. 

This method of preventive care, regular visits, treatment options, and more can lead to a healthier property that benefits the local wildlife and ecosystem, while making your yard a place you'll want to spend more time. 

Often, there are some clear signs that something is wrong, such as yellowing or spotted leaves. But sometimes it’s not that obvious until a branch breaks off or the tree starts to lean.

Below are some common symptoms that show your tree is suffering from pests, disease, or environmental stress:

  • Wilting
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Brown and dying leaves and needles
  • Spots or blemishes on leaves, fruit, and/or bark
  • Fuzzy or moldy-looking patches
  • Holes in leaves
  • Dead, dying, or falling branches
  • The tree is leaning

If you're not sure whether something is wrong with your tree, these are a good place to start. Once you know what's wrong, you’ll have a better idea of how to deal with the problem.

Read more details on how to tell if your tree is sick >>

For some pests, there are commercially-available treatments that may be helpful. 

But many of the most effective treatments can only be applied by professionally licensed arborists or pesticide applicators. 

Knowledge of the treatments and how they can impact the rest of your property and environment are important parts of tree health care. It can be easy to apply something incorrectly or to accidentally use something that could be toxic to local pollinators or other wildlife (not to mention nearby plants!). 

Many of our treatments are injections, which means that the treatments go directly to the source of the problem without disrupting the local ecosystem. Others are sprays that require a professional, high-powered spray rig to reach all parts of the tree. 

Rather than risking your tree's health with the wrong treatment, an ineffective treatment, or a treatment applied at the wrong time or in the wrong way, just give us a call. We'll be happy to set up a professional tree health consultation so you'll know exactly what's wrong and will have a professional treatment plan. 

The effectiveness of insect, pest, and disease treatments depends on the tree or shrub, the pest or disease, and a few other factors. 

Many issues can only be treated before the pest or disease appears. The Arborists at Rayzor's Edge understand when specific insects, fungi, and bacterial infections are likely to appear and when to take the necessary preventive measures.

Other pests or diseases may need to be treated several times a year, often during different stages of the insect's development or the disease's progression.

Some issues are treated once they appear.

And, of course, the proper timing of treatments is often weather-dependent.

This varied timing is one of the reasons why a good Tree Health Care program is so important - regular monitoring will help identify the right time to apply treatments for the greatest effectiveness.

Trees that are stressed are more susceptible to other issues, such as pests and diseases. 

Trees can become stressed by a wide range of factors, such as:

  • storm damage,
  • improper watering,
  • heat stress,
  • poor pruning,
  • improper planting,
  • mulch volcanoes,
  • poor soil health,
  • and more. 

Preventing your trees from becoming stressed is the first step to a healthy yard.

Learn more about preventing expensive tree problems >>

Do you ever look at a tree and wonder if it’s healthy? How can you tell if it’s dying? Or if it’s rotting on the inside, hiding fatal decay that could bring it crashing down? 

Read our article on tree decay to help you determine if your tree is decaying. 

When your trees and shrubs show symptoms of water stress, particularly in late winter or early spring, but you’re sure you’ve irrigated them, you might be looking at winter salt damage.

How to Identify, Prevent, and Treat Winter Salt Damage in Trees and Shrubs >>

Why Trust Your Trees' Health to Rayzor's Edge?

Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association

Tree Care Safety Professionals on staff

Connecticut Licensed Arborists

Fully insured specifically for tree work

Not sure if you need a Tree Health Care Program?

Why not book a tree inspection by one of our Arborists? We'll examine your trees and landscape, identify any issues, and let you know what (if anything) we recommend to keep your trees in optimimal health.

Very professional, very polite. Outstanding service.

Susan Baldwin

Trees not looking as healthy as they should? Get in touch!