February 2012
The Arbor Matters Newsletter
In This Issue
  • Benefits of Dormant Oil Sprays
  • Landscape workshops
  • Time to renew!
  • Gardner's Tips
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The Green Thumb


Make sure to turn your compost pile at least every 2 weeks. This will keep the air circulating and aid in the decomposition. Add a commercial fertilizer to boost nitrogen levels.

Plant Care Renewals
Arbor Masters® Kansas 
City, Wichita and Tulsa 
customers, the 2012 Plant Care Renewal Contracts have been mailed. If you do not currently participate in a lawn care program, contact your local Arbor Masters office and see what our professionals can do to keep your lawn and landscape healthy throughout the year.

The Benefits of Dormant Oil Sprays

 Scale damage


Damaging pests can overwinter on trees and plants and can quickly become difficult to manage as it warms up in the spring. Wood boring bark beetle, Scale insect, Aphids and Spider Mites in particular may be best controlled with a preventative Dormant Oil spray in early spring.


Due to the extreme heat and drought stress that occurred last
summer and fall, many trees and shrubs in our landscapes will be prone to secondary insect and disease issues beginning in the spring. If left unchecked, the potential for abnormally high insect populations will be more than plants can naturally handle.Wood Boring Bark Bettle


For examle, the wood boring bark beetle lays eggs in bark crevices along the trunks of trees and shrubs. When this happens, they begin boring through the cambium tissue cutting off the flow of water and nutrients in the plant, ultimately causing the plant to dehydrate and starve.


Scale insects can cover the stems of plants, causing severe damage and stress to several varieties of trees and shrubs. Once attached to the stem or leaf tissue, scale insects feed on the chlorophyll of the plant, leaving it deprived of the necessary nutrients to thrive. If left untreated plants can decline and eventually die. The hard shell of scale insects protects many from insecticides, limiting methods and timing of control measures.


Most varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials are vulnerable to the many different aphid species. These insects suck the sap from plant stems causing stunted growth which can eventually lead to plant death. Some aphids may survive
control methods throughout the year and overwinter, reproducing rapidly and giving them a head start in spring.


Spider mites can cause unattractive leaf damage on a wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials. Closely related to spiderAphids, mites are highly resistant to most pesticides. As weather warms, the female will start to lay eggs. Adults will feed on the underside of leaves and can kill severely damaged leaves.  


When sprayed in late winter or early spring just before plants leaf out, Dormant oils can be very effective in controlling scale insects, aphids, wood boring bark beetles and spider mites by smothering both adults, juveniles and over-wintering egg masses. When applied correctly by a Plant Care Specialist, Dormant Oil is one of the safest pest management options. It can manage these insects while providing protection for plants without damaging them. For more information on these landscape pests click here.

 Spider Mite Damage



Irrigation Preferred Care Program


Arbor Masters® of Kansas City offers our Irrigation Preferred Care Progam designed to save you time and money on your next irrigation service. With spring fast approaching, now is the time to contact Arbor Masters and learn how we can save you time and money on your irrigation service!


Irrigation Preferred Care Program


Kansas City Arbor Masters teams up with Earl May
Arbor Masters Tree & Landscape in Kansas City is partnering with Earl May Nursery and Garden Center to provide informational workshops on the care of your trees and lawn. Our Certified Arborist will  provide valuable information to help you maintain the beauty and value of your landscape. Join us for the Spring Open House at Earl May located at 21700 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS on April 26th from 4:00-8:00pm.  


The Gardners Corner
The Gardner's Corner
  • Late February or early March is the best time to prune rose bushes and fruit trees.
  • Remove any fallen fruits or vegetables in your garden. Debris left behind can attract insects and diseases in the spring.
  • Remove old nesting materials from birdhouses. Birds will look for an unfurnished house instead of removing a previous tenants nest!


Winter Tree Pruning Special


Kansas City customers, we have extended the Winter Tree Pruning Special! Arbor Masters® is offering a 10% discount on all tree pruning through March 15th Request a free estimate today!



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