Monthly Check List


What You Can Do:
Inspect trees for premature leaf drop.
Continue watering trees and shrubs until ground freezes.

What We Can Do For You:
Fertilization of shrubs and trees to promote feeder root growth
Plant and transplant
Begin Fall Cleanup.


What You Can Do:
Be sure power and telephone lines are clear of branches before they become snow laiden. Always consult a professional arborist when dealing with wires.
Be sure to rake up and dispose of leaves to prevent possible spread of disease. Fungus can overwinter on fallen leaves of infected trees.
Thoroughly water newly planted trees before ground freezes.
Consider using an antidessicant spray for rhododendrons and azaleas to prevent winter burn.

What We Can Do For You:
Prune, brace, and cable to prevent winter damage.
Winter tree protection with antidessicants.
Continue Fall fertilization program.
Plant and transplant trees and shrubs and divide perennials while they are dormant.


What You Can Do:
Finish Fall cleanup.
Keep watering newly planted and transplanted trees and shrubs until ground is frozen.
Check for signs of potentially hazardous trees before winter: heavy deadwood, cavities, and exposed or damaged roots.

What We Can Do For You:
Implement winter protection program.
Begin dormant pruning.
Finish tree and shrub fertilization.
Make sure weak branches are supported by cables before snow and ice begin.

Residential and Commercial Services

Plant Health Care

Our Plant Health Care (PHC) Program is a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance. Plants, when given the proper growing conditions are less likely to develop disease and insect problems. While past methods relied on treating symptoms, PHC emphasizes plant health and preventive treatments that are not only environmentally safer, but more effective and less costly in the long run.

Insect and Disease Control (part of PHC)

Our Plant Health Care program uses chemical spraying as only one of many alternative and somewhat as a last resort. We are trained and certified in the use of spray materials and injections to keep insects and diseases under control. We use great care in balancing your desire for healthy trees and shrubs with the need for environmental preservation and safety.

Landscape Maintenance

Includes pruning shrubs, cutting back perennials and groundcover, applying pre-emergent herbicides, edging and mulching beds, spring cleanups, etc.

Landscape Construction

The natural look of a brick or flagstone patio or walkway is the perfect way of linking your outdoor home to your indoor one.While increasing your outdoor living space it also adds interest, accenting the appearance of your home. Retaining steps and walls can be useful in dealing with high maintenance slopes or grade changes, or aesthetic by delineating areas in your yard or garden. With the installation of large rocks and boulders, we can create a natural looking rock outcropping. This adds additional color and texture to add another dimension. With the addition of landscape lighting, you can enjoy your landscape at night.

Tree Pruning, Removal, and Surgery

The importance of a healthy, mature tree to your landscape and overall real estate value should not be underestimated. Regular corrective aesthetic pruning and proper disease diagnosis and treatment are essential to the health of a tree. Tree removal, when needed, is safe only when handled by our fully qualified, insured professional climbers.

Bucket Truck Service

Our bucket trucks can reach a height of 55 feet. We use them for tree removal, as well as installing and repairing flagpoles, etc.


Seasoned, mixed hardwoods, cut to firewood lengths.

Diagnosis of Tree and Shrub Diseases

We are certified and licensed pesticide applicators. Through continuing educational seminars and conferences, we keep pace with the latest technology.


Gary has done arboricultural and horticultural consulting for over 20 years. The consulting includes a detailed description of what needs to be done and a recommended treatment program. We also provide hazardous tree evaluations, tree valuation reports, and expert witness testimony involving trees.

Tree Fertilization

Deep root fertilization, using liquid fertilizers, vertical mulching, and tree injections.

Turf Program

Our turf program entails five applications. These include crabgrass control with fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, late summer fertilizer, grub and lawn insect control, and a fall fertilizer.

Core Aeration of Lawns

Aeration removes thousands of soil cores from you lawn and drops them on top of the thatch layer. The cores are about a half inch in diameter and 2 to 3 inches long. Consider including power aeration in your annual lawn care program. It's a wise decision that will continue to pay you and your lawn dividends long after the aerator is gone.

Bartlett Tree Experts

Gary's Tree & Shrubbery Service is proud to be a division of Bartlett Tree Experts, and our staff now has the backing of an international tree-care company and tree research laboratory to help continue providing excellent tree service and shrub care in the Lehigh Valley area.