Our 3-year Plant Health Care plan

Why our 3 year Plant Health Care plan of action is the most recommended strategy for improving the health of your trees

Generally speaking, when we are talking about plant health care it is not a one-time fix. Although you can see some astounding results after the first deep root feeding application, it’s essentially a reaction to the product that the trees and or other vegetation have not seen before. This is a good thing, but when we see such a drastic positive effect on the plants, we know that it was highly necessary due to a lack of nutrients in the soil.

The Texas soil isn’t always the most hospitable, therefore it is imperative that we provide our trees and plants with the best products to nourish them, which leads to the best chance of success. After the first year of deep root feeding, you will notice an admirable improvement. With the second year, you’ll see a more drastic improvement, and after the third application, your trees and plants will be the most magnificent in the entire neighborhood!

Due to improper pruning techniques over the years by greedy tree guys just looking for a paycheck, we often have to bring the trees back out of the ashes. It’s best to avoid choosing tree service providers based on price and instead select your provider based on the knowledge and work completed, trees are far more important than we think which is why it all started with two people and one tree.


Plant health care is not always a continuous cycle. After the trees are back into a regular growth pattern the way they want to grow, we recommend feeding them annually for a period of three years. After three years, a reassessment of the overall health of the tree will help us to implement a plan for the future.

Variables to keep in Mind When Considering Plant Health Care

When deciding whether Plant Health Care is the right fit for you, a few variables need to be considered. The first variable is tree health. If your tree is in poor health including an increase in deadwood or a noticeable rise in insects including bagworms, army ants, etc., then plant health care is a good option to bring back to good health or keep your trees and other garden plants in good health. The second variable that you must keep in mind is the mix of chemicals that will be going into your soil. Choose a company that openly explains every chemical and nutrient mix that will be going into your soil. For instance, at Parker Tree Service we use a mix of 6 different products diluted into our 600 gallon tank. These products include Micro organisms and chelated forms of iron and manganese from Microlife in Houston as well as fertilizers from Site One and fertilizer activator known as (Humic/Fulvic acid).

The final variable that needs to be considered with plant health care is your application type, Systemic Feeding, Foliar Sprays, and Mauget injectors. These feeding methods are important to explore to see which method is right for you. As well as the application method you must also consider the applicator. At Parker Tree Service all of our applicators are certified Mauget injector applicators as well as completed our very own in-house training course for deep root feeding as well as foliar spray application of our fertilizer mixes as well as Insecticides.

How do I know if Plant Health Care is right for me?

To find out if our 3-year Plant Health Care Plan is truly right for you, you must start by asking yourself what you want to get out of plant health care. Plant health care can be broken down into four main categories: feeding, insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. If your tree has been negatively affected by weather including strong winds, ice, drought, or even a natural split, feeding may be for you. Our deep root feeding methods use a combination of fertilizers, microorganisms, fertilizer activators, and other nutrients including chelated iron and manganese to boost tree health in just a couple of weeks! Keep in mind, with trees that are in poor health we recommend the tree be fed annually for at least 3 years and then assessed at the 3-year mark to decide future steps and create a new plan of action.

Insecticides are the second biggest division of plant health care and this is good for localized areas such as one front yard tree or a specific flowerbed or even large areas including a backyard tree line or even the entire yard. If you spot any of these insects listed below, then you are the perfect candidate for our foliar-based insecticide.

  • Aphids
  • Grasshoppers
  • Katydids
  • Mealybugs
  • Orangedogs
  • Thrips
  • Whiteflies
  • Bagworms
  • Ants (excluding Carpenter, Fire, Harvester, and Pharaoh)
  • Ponderosa pine needle miners
  • Caterpillars
  • And More!

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Fungi are another big concern when it comes to the health of your tree. If considering a fungicide you must take into account how overrun the tree/plant is by the fungus. Remember not all fungi are created equal. This means that depending on which type of fungi has infected the tree, a different plan of action needed. For example, a mature live oak that has light to mild signs of shelf fungus will be a much better candidate for fungicides than a less mature tree that has been completely taken over by a Hypoxolyn canker.

The use of herbicides is a little more few and far between yet have a very specific purpose: to get rid of the vegetation that is not supposed to be there. For example, one ideal use for an herbicide would be for a gravel driveway that has grass growing up through the gravel or weeds growing in between cracks in concrete or foundations as well as sidewalks or large unwanted vine growth or for trees that are not in a position to easily grind the stump down.