Summer 2020


In This Issue:

Almstead Around Town

Our industry has been designated as an “essential service” because of its importance to public health and safety. However, like you, we have changed how we work in these days of COVID19. All consulting arborists are telecommuting and working outside solo and from their vehicles and providing all estimates and field reports via email and phone... (more)

New Boxwood Blight Program

Boxwood (Buxus sp.), because of its vibrant green color, resistance to deer and woody evergreen growth, is an important but frequently over-utilized ornamental shrub on some landscapes. It is known to get infected by a number of plant diseases... (more)

Invasive Pests and Diseases

Some invasive pests and diseases to look for currently include Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF), Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), boxwood leafminer and boxwood blight. Call us if you suspect that they may be present on your property... (more)

Letter from the CEO


These are unprecedented times and we understand the impact COVID-19 has had on everyone. Thank you for your continued support and trust in Almstead. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the same exceptional service they have come to expect from us safely and expediently. As we adjust to new guidelines for interacting (more)

Organic Tick & Mosquito Control

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Covid-19 Update

The safety of our customers and employees is always our primary concern...

Most of Almstead's service region is at, or approaching, Phase 2 of reopening. We are still following strict social distancing and other protocols to keep our customers and employees safe. Our business is confined to mainly outside field work and consulting as outlined within the various state directives as “essential workers or business.” We want to reassure you that our team is well prepared to provide you with safe and reliable tree, shrub and lawn care services when you need it.

As members of the local communities we serve across New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, we’re here to support our residential and business customers through this challenging time. This includes being prepared to address emergency and hazardous tree conditions and in managing invasive, harmful and damaging pests and diseases that require time sensitive treatments.

Steps we have taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 include:

  • Increase interval of cleaning inside of vehicles with bleach.
  • Stagger crew start times to avoid groups. Supplement crews with additional vehicles.
  • Crews are not permitted to stop for meals, and all are required to bring adequate supply of water, drink and food.
  • Despite essential business classification, we have at least 75% of all support staff working from home and/or on rotation as needed.
  • All consulting arborists are telecommuting and working outside solo and from their vehicles and will be providing all estimates and field reports via email and phone.
  • Plant Health Care and Lawn Care technicians are also solo and outside and have extreme heightened awareness if families are at home. They will call or make themselves known instead of ringing bells to announce arrival and may email leave behind service tickets or inspection reports.
  • Wear masks and continue all social and physical distancing 6 feet or greater in all interactions.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Turf

The health of lawns ultimately lies below ground in their roots and their ability to uptake proper nutrients and water. A healthy soil is one teaming with beneficial microbes that has an accessible supply of macro and micronutrients at a pH range beneficial for the plant with air and limited compaction... (more)

Places To Visit: Take a hike!

(If we may be so bold)

Now is a great time to find the closest state park where you can safely take a walk with your family. Most state parks are open for hiking, biking, or boating, but not facilities like restrooms, playgrounds, swimming pools or athletic game fields... (more)

Trees to Consider:

American Dogwood

American Dogwood is one of the most spectacular flowering trees in the U.S. It is a small, deciduous tree that can grow 20-40 feet high with single or multi trunks and graceful branches that bloom in spring with large showy white or pink flowers... (more)

Sights Of Spring

Ticks and mosquitoes are much more than just an annoyance. They also carry diseases that are dangerous to pets and humans. Have peace of mind as you enjoy your yard this summer with our traditional or organic tick and mosquito control programs... (more)

Beech Leaf Disease

Beech Leaf Disease

As if our cherished, wonderful beech didn’t have enough to contend with — warming temperatures and decreased growth as a species, bleeding canker (phytophthora citricola), beech bark diseases, and nectria — here comes a new pest that is emerging as a lethal disease for American and European beech trees. Symptoms include shriveled leaves with black stripes (see above) that start to die all the way up to the canopy of the tree... (more)



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