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Detecting Plant Health Issues: Why Inspections and Early Intervention is Important

Plant health detection can be a complicated endeavor. Understanding what’s going on with your trees and shrubs is no simple feat. There can be diseases, pests, and environmental stressors all wreaking havoc…and getting to the bottom of what’s really going on can be challenging. 



But diagnosing and correcting issues early on is incredibly important when it comes to preserving your plants’ health.

In fact, early intervention with problems can prevent something from becoming much more serious.

In this article, we’ll dive into the importance of preserving outdoor plant health with early detection. You’ll see how it can save you time, money, and aggravation.


Is My Tree Going to Die?

When Louisville homeowners see a tree or shrub struggling, they often want to know if it’s going to be able to bounce back or if it will continue to decline. Often, this has to be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on exactly what’s going on and how sickly the plant really is.

In some cases, a tree or shrub that has been severely ravaged by a disease or pest cannot be saved. 

But many times, particularly if caught early, problems can often be remedied. This is why it’s important to have plants evaluated by a professional.

Even better, if you can catch a problem in its very early stages or even before it happens (with proactive care), you can prevent it from even getting to that point.

This is where plant health care is so valuable.

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Put simply, plant health services combine fertilization, pest control, and disease control into a program that will help care for your landscape. In many cases, plant health care can PREVENT problems from occurring in the first place. 

Saving Yourself Time, Money, and Aggravation with Early Plant Health Detection

The truth is, many people don’t think about outdoor plant health UNTIL there is a problem. But with plant health services, we’re trying to shift that narrative. 

Just as you want to do all the right things to preserve your own health (like eating a healthy diet and exercising), you can do the same for your landscape with some forethought and care. When you start to think about proactive care for your plants, you can save yourself time, money and aggravation.

Let’s look at each of these.

Save Yourself Time

The fact of the matter is, replacing plants takes time out of your busy day. Even if you aren’t going to install them yourself, you still need to take the time to find and hire a landscaper.

Simply preserving your plants' health can be a time saver in many ways.


Save Yourself Money

Replacing or restoring the health of sickly plants can also be costly. Problems generally cost at least twice as much (if not more) than simply investing in routine care. 

Truthfully, the expense of replacing even a single plant can really start to add up when you look at not only the cost of the plant itself but also the labor involved in doing the work.

That’s why it’s so important to prevent problems in the first place. If you can avoid losing your plants to health issues, you won’t have to spend money to replace them.


Save Yourself the Aggravation

But it’s not just time and money that are at stake. When your plants are not properly cared for you’re also risking the aggravation associated with their decline. 

You’ll have the hassle and headache of living with your dead plants until you can get someone on your property to take care of it. Unfortunately, it’s going to affect how your entire landscape looks.

For a lot of homeowners, this is a hassle that they simply don’t want to deal with. It’s embarrassing and it leaves a gap (or more) in the landscape that might not be easily filled. 

If you have a mature plant that dies, you’re likely going to have to start over with something smaller and it can take time to fill that space.

Instead of having to deal with dead plants, you can preserve your existing plants’ health.Arborist-consultation-2

Valuable Protection for Outdoor Plant Health

Did you know there are more than 25 common plant diseases that we see commonly pop up in the Louisville landscape? Diseases like Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, and Anthracnose can really wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs. 

There are also many plant-destroying pests lurking in the landscape. In fact, there are 55 common ones that we see frequently in the Louisville landscape.

For these reasons, plant health services can be viewed as valuable protective measures for your landscape. You might think of it as “protecting your investment” in your plants. After all, the trees and shrubs that make up your property were no small investment and you want to do what you can to protect it.

It all boils down to doing what’s best for you and your property.Nice Lawn Yard Home 3
You deserve to be able to enjoy your landscape without the worries. When you invest in plant health care, you can gain valuable peace of mind.

If you’d like to learn more about plant health care for your Louisville home, get in touch, get your quote, and get back to enjoying your yard.

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Chris O'Bryan

Chris O'Bryan

Chris grew up in Louisville, KY. He holds a Forestry degree from the The University of Kentucky and a Master's Degree in Economics from Clemson University. He is a Certified Arborist and 5-time Kentucky Tree Climbing Champion. When not at work, he has fun with his family, enjoys traveling, one-wheeling, and working in his yard.

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