Tree & Plant Health Care Program

Inspect, Diagnose, and Treat what is necessary.

  • Custom tailored program to control only what is necessary
  • Systemic Insect/Disease control options for targeted treatments and minimal foliar spraying
  • Deep-Root Fertilization

Our Arborists will customize a program for your landscape needs. A licensed and fully trained technician will perform a plant inspection, then do a targeted treatment to address issues or prevent them. A detailed analysis of findings and treatment is left at your door. The program will consist of a tailored mix of any of treatments specific to your landscape needs.

A listing of common insect and disease problems we see in NJ can be found here

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Deep Root Fertilization (Spring and/or Fall)

  • A specially formulated slow-release, balanced, organic fertilizer with micro and macro nutrients, sea kelp and biostimulants injected directly into the root zone (Spring or Fall).
  • Trees and Shrubs in nature live in a naturally fertile environment due to the falling leaves, insects worms and nematodes that thrive on those conditions. Plants in a landscape are not offered the same benefits.
  • Well-nourished trees and shrubs have better resistance to disease, insect attack and drought. Our deep-root fertilizer can help keep your trees and shrubs healthier, promoting excellent amounts of foliage that adds beauty and value to your property.
  • Our fertilizer is injected directly into the root-zone area for maximum benefits. It has a low salt index and uses a slow-release action allowing nutrients to be applied more economically as it does not burn delicate feeding roots.
  • Deep Root or Granular dependent on site.

Growth Regulator

  • Tree Growth Regulator slows the annual growth of trees and woody shrubs and indirectly creates additional benefits that help trees and woody shrubs withstand urban stress, such as poor soil, limited root space, & drought conditions

Dormant Oil Application (Spring or Fall)

  • A dormant season treatment for control of overwintering insects and egg masses. This treatment reduces the emergence of Adelgid, Mealy Bug, Mites, Scales, and Tent Caterpillars.

Spring Foliar Treatments

  • Insect treatment targeting early hatching insect Caterpillars, cankerworms, loopers, bagworms, lace bugs and sawflies.
  • Disease treatments targeting pest such as Apple Scab, Leaf Spot, Diplodia, Needlecast, and Anthracnose.

Summer Foliar Treatments

  • Insect and/or disease treatment targeting pest active during warm weather such as Adelgid, Beetles, Mites, Webworms, and Scale crawlers

Fall Foliar Treatments

  • Late Season insect and/or disease treatment targeting those pest that remain active to kill into the fall like adult Lanternfly and Scale

Winter Protection Treatment

  • Helps prevent winter windburn and dessication of sensitive broadleaf evergreens, such as: Azaleas, Rhododendron, Holly, Boxwood, and newly installed acclimating plants

Options for Systemic Insect Control

Worried about Foliar spraying pesticides on your landscape? We can tailor your plant health care program to include season long systemic treatment for specific pests.

Soil Injection (Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid)

  • A soil injected, preventative treatment for control of a variety of damage in insects such as: Bronze Birch Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Aphid, Whitefly, Lacebug and some Leafminers. It provides a full season of protection without spray drift or residue

Basal Bark Treatment

  • Spray trunk and root flare with systemic insecticide that is absorbed through the bark and into the vascular system and transported throughout the tree.  It provides a full season of protection without spray drift or residue. An effective treatment for Spotted Lanternfly, Emerald Ash Borer, Peach Tree Borer, and more.

Trunk Injection

  • Insecticides, fungicides, and fertilizers injected directly into the trunk for more uniform distribution, no spray drift or residues.  Great for large trees, streets trees, parking lots, and other difficult areas to access.

Pest ID – Insects

Bagworm larvae injure plants when they feed on needles and leaves. Often mistaken for pine cones, the bagworm will cause significant damage to trees in days to weeks.

*Control can be achieved with foliar insect sprays.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar
The eastern tent caterpillars preferred hosts are cherry, crabapple, and apple but occasionally attacks other deciduous ornamental trees and shrubs. The silky tents spun by the caterpillars make landscape trees unsightly. When caterpillars are abundant, they frequently eat all the leaves on a tree which weakens it, but seldom kills it.

*A foliar control spray can be applied in April to the host trees to avoid or get rid of the unsightly nests.

Hemlock Scale
Elongate hemlock scale overwinters in several developmental stages in New Jersey and matures in spring. Damage includes needle discoloration and injury.

*Dormant Oil foliar or Systemic Insect control can be applied to control scales.

Fall Webworm
The larval stage of this pest skeletonize and consumes leaves inside the protection of a tent-like web that they enlarge as they require additional food and grow. They may defoliate a tree occasionally, but rarely kill it.

*Foliar spray on the webs in Summer to prevent unsightly look.

Japanese Beetle
Adult Beetles will feed on a host of trees including Cherry, Purple Leaf Plum, Birch, Roses and many more. The damage can occur rather quickly with high population. The beetles will “skeletonize” the leaves of the trees as they feed.

*Foliar spray on active feeding Beetles.

Both adults and nymphs injure the host by piercing the epidermis of a leaf and sucking fluid from plant tissue. The removal of plant juices causes foliar discoloration, reduced plant vigor, and premature leaf drop. A symptom of lace bug feeding is characterized as a chlorosis or stippling visible on the upper surface of leaves.

*Foliar or systemic treatment on affected plants.

Peach Tree Borer
Most eggs are laid on the lower 15 cm of host tree trunks, in bark crevices or under bark flaps, and on the soil near the tree. Eggs hatch in seven days and young larvae feed on tree bark, working their way into the cambium (active layer of cells between the bark and wood that gives rise to new sap and water conducting cells) as they become larger.

*Beyond the Leaf will utilize a systemic treatment to treat the trees that are diagnosed as infested with the Peach Tree Borer.

Spruce Spider Mite
Spider Mites damage host plants by sucking plant fluid from needles as they feed. Infested trees at first have a speckled, yellowish appearance, and lack rich green color. After prolonged feeding, needles turn rusty colored and may drop prematurely.

*Timely treatments with miticides help reduce overall populations. Multiple treatments are necessary as the initial spray kills adults and eggs will hatch and repopulate.


Anthracnose is common on sycamores, ash, and dogwoods. A foliar disease treatment can be applied at bud break and follow ups will be necessary to control this disease.

Leaf Spot
In the spring, spores are produced and are discharged by splashing rain into air currents. They then land on and infect new leaves. Lesions or “spots” are more numerous on upper leaf surfaces and appear circular to irregular in shape. These lesions often have definite reddish-purple to rusty-brown borders that surround a necrotic area.

Bacterial Leaf Scorch
Bacterial leaf scorch on pin and red oaks is widespread and severe in eastern New Jersey and is known to be spreading westward. It can infect several species of trees including red Maple, Elm, Oak, and more.

Rhizosphaera – Needlecast
Needlecast affects Blue Spruce, Pines, and Douglass firs.  Fungicides can be applied to protect healthy, new foliage. Even if a tree is sprayed, the needles that were infected during the previous year and that are showing symptoms this year will falling off the branch. But the new, protected needles will be free of symptoms next year and will remain on the tree.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

  • Season Long protection with proven techniques
  • Systemic Treatment that kills the Larvae as it feeds

Systemic insecticides are absorbed into the roots or bark of the tree and move through the tree. When Ash Borer feeds on a tree that contains a toxic level of systemic insecticide, they will die. We use a systemic insecticide to provide months of protection for important trees. The longevity of the effectiveness will vary depending on what time of year the application was made and environmental factors

  • Systemic insecticides that are applied as soil injections, drenches, trunk injections, or a Basal Bark trunk spray

This is the most effective option and is intended for use only by certified pesticide applicators. Insecticide applications should begin before your ash tree is attacked by EAB.  Ash trees that are healthy (with 70% leafed out canopy) and are of value to the homeowner should be considered for treatment. Other ash trees (greater then 30% dead) should be removed before they become a hazard.

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Beyond the Leaf are experts at removing dead/dying ash trees that are past the point of saving

Spotted Lanternfly Treatment

  • Season Long protection with proven techniques
  • Systemic Treatment that kills the Lanternfly as it feeds
  • Foliar sprays directly on host trees when necessary

Beyond the Leaf will visit your property and identify the key host trees the Lanternfly feeds on. The tree species we commonly see the most damage on are

  • Maples
  • Ailanthus (tree of heaven)
  • Willows
  • Walnut
  • River Birch
  • Grape Vines

The Adult Lanternfly will pierce and suck the sap from the host trees. Their excrement is evident on the base of the trees as a black sooty mold. The sweet excrement also attracts many bee species to feed on. When feeding is at it’s peak you can see the tree dripping like a light rain shower. Healthy trees can resist damage from excessive feeding but with no interaction, the tree will begin to decline

Treatment options

Systemic Insecticide is sufficient for controlling the Spotted Lanternfly for the season. Timing is very important for the success of systemic control and we apply this treatment from Mid June to Mid September.  Systemic insecticides are absorbed into the roots or bark of the tree and move through the tree. When Spotted Lanternfly feeds on a tree that was treated by Beyond the Leaf, they will die. After Mid September we do provide foliar contact sprays to eliminate active Lanternfly on your landscape and minimize egg laying.

Contact insecticides kill the insect when it contacts the insect’s body. We use a contact insecticide to kill clusters of Spotted Lanternfly. They are only sprayed on Lanternfly adults that are feeding on trees.

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