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Client Testimonials

"Howard Gaffin is an expert in his field. He is a top notch arborist and is also willing to listen to the land-owner's desires and is able to cooperate to achieve mutually satisfactory results."

N. Grigg
- Boxford, MA

Diagnosing and Treating Tree Disorders

We can identify insect, disease, and abiotic factors that may be affecting your trees and plants. We will prescribe appropriate treatment options tailored to your needs.

Cultural

Improper Mulching: Beech tree root zone covered with plastic.Improper Mulching: Beech tree root zone covered with plastic.

Many tree related problems are root and soil related. Girdling roots, poor soils and improper mulching are major factors concerning tree health.

Disease

Phytopthora Canker on BeechPhytopthora Canker on Beech.

Most disease disorders are host specific. Proper diagnosis and an understanding of the diseases life cycle are critical to prescribing treatment.

Insect

The hemlock wooly adelgid and the winter moth.The hemlock wooly adelgid (left) and the winter moth (right).

Insect pests must be properly identified before any treatment. Like diseases, many insect pests are specific to the hosts they feed on. Pest populations along with environmental concerns and client expectations are considered before prescribing treatments.

Two commonly seen pests to watch for are the hemlock wooly adelgid and the winter moth.