Tree Keepers® Services

Tree Evaluations & Restoration,
Preservation and Management Care Plans

Just like us, trees need regular check-ups and regular care. Arborcare involves the cultivation of trees and shrubs in the context of the landscape. This means we need to understand how they grow, and how they respond to cultural practices and the environment. We also examine aspects of cultivation such as selection, planting, care, and removal. By regularly evaluating a tree’s health and providing it structural support, pruning and feeding, we can keep a tree in balance.  This is particularly important in the first seven years of a tree’s life while the tree is in its most formative stage.

Elements of a Risk Assessment:
  • Inspect co-dominance of tree’s limbs.  Determine if limbs are growing incorrectly and jeopardizing the tree’s base and strength.
  • Inspect cracks in the tree to determine if the tree is rotten or has insects.
  • Evaluate the tree for signs of stress, including cankers.
  • Evaluate the tree’s root system to see if it is lifting.
  • Evaluate your property for high-risk or potentially hazardous trees and recommend a course of action and care guidelines.

Risk Assessment Elements by Tree Keeper Bob Stanley of Easton, Maryland

Call for your risk assessment today.

Integrative Pest Management (IPM)

When trees become sick, Tree Keepers® can provide interventions to help the tree’s health. Interventions include monitoring and treatment of the trees’ ecosystem to ensure that it remains healthy, safe and suitable for property owners and community standards. Damage and destruction caused by insects and diseases can severely limit the ability of trees and shrubs in your landscape to manufacture the sugars and substances needed to remain healthy. Stanley believes in using environmentally-friendly techniques for handling pests and disease.  Tree Keepers® is a distributor for Arborjet.®


The Arborjet® system, an integrated pest management system providing micro-injectable nutrients, insecticides, and fungicides for trees, provides an effective and “green” way to deal with such insects as the emerald ash borer, which has devastated ash trees in the region. By directly injecting the insecticide in the tree, instead of broadly spraying the chemicals on the tree, which can hurt the environment, 100 percent of the insecticide goes to the tree’s phloem. In the past when using traditional spraying methods, only 10 percent of the needed treatment gets to the tree’s affected areas. A percentage of these traditional methods leach into watershed.  Learn more about Arborjet®.

Critical Area and Forest Area Buffer Management Plans

Tree Keepers® also provides critical area buffer management and forest management plans to help property owners improve their property’s role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay.  A large portion of the Eastern Shore falls in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, the 1000-foot wide area of land around the Bay and its tidal tributaries.  Best landscaping practices with trees and buffers contribute to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Traditional Tree Services

Pruning:  Expert pruning improves the health and appearance of trees, prolonging their useful life through the removal of undesirable branches, whether they are dead, weakened, diseased or insect-infested. As a tree’s health suffers and declines, the odds for defoliation and death sharply increase. A specialized Tree Keepers® Plant Health Care program for trees and shrubs is the most logical step toward managing the spread of harmful insects and devastating diseases. High-quality, expert tree pruning is the cornerstone of Tree Keepers®.

Cabling and Bracing:  Installing steel cables between major limbs reduces strain and helps support the tree. Cabling also helps reduce stress damage from high winds and excess ice or snow weight.

Cavity Treatment: In an otherwise healthy tree, cavity treatment may help improve appearance, promote wound closure and prevent water and animals from entering the hollow. While it will not cure decay, proper cavity treatment (in combination with regular pruning, feeding and insect/disease control) may help improve a tree’s defenses. The Arborist must use extreme caution to not wound the live tissue while excising the decay from the tree as injury will compromise the compartmentalization of the wound.

Root Collar Excavation: Planting trees too deeply and excessively piling mulch on the trunks of trees has become a chronic problem in urban and suburban landscapes. Deeply planted or buried trees are prone to girdling roots, poor growth, pest problems and decline or death. Root collar excavation, or the removal of soil and mulch from against the trunk, is a simple, effective process that can correct deep planting and over-mulching.  View this video about The Air Spade for more information.

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