Deer and tick control may not be front-of-mind when thinking about the overall health of your landscape. For many, seeing deer in the neighborhood adds to the community’s beauty. Unfortunately, deer can cause irreparable damage to shrubs and plants, and with deer often come ticks. Wonderland Tree + Landscapes has developed a suite of treatments to deter deer and ticks from making a home on your property.
As deer get pushed out of their natural habitats due to urban sprawl, they may find their way into your yard. They can and will eat just about anything, and when they find tasty plants in your landscape, these creatures of habit will keep coming back.
Ticks have seen an increase in population growth on Long Island as a result of climate change and habitat destruction. Their favorite hiding spots include tall grass, shade and moisture. These pests can transmit diseases to humans and pets.
Deer will forage and graze on nearly anything, including the plants in your landscape, and may even sip water from your pond, bird bath or kiddie pool. Not only will they feed on plants, trees and shrubs and garden crops, they can also damage lawns and gardens by kicking plants and compacting the soil they stand on.
There are a variety of methods for deer control, and Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes employs those that are best suited to properties on the North Shore.
Our most effective deer control methods include:
Deer fencing to prevent them from strolling onto your property
Winter spray application of a long-lasting repellent with an active ingredient that makes plants taste bad to deer while providing water-loss protection and reducing chances of winter burn
A spray application in spring and summer designed to offer four to six weeks of protection from deer in warm weather while also helping plants hold moisture—this is especially handy during periods of drought
Year-round application of granular, non-toxic, environmentally friendly repellents that trigger a strong, fear-based response in deer by emitting an odor they associate with death. This slow-release smell deterrent is inoffensive to the homeowner and protects both mature plants and new growth up to 90 days
While the brush with nature of seeing deer in your yard can be pleasant the first time, rest assured, they will come back. Preventing deer from reentering will go a long way in preserving the beauty of the outdoor space you’ve created, making it a place you can enjoy for seasons and years to come.
Contact us to schedule a site visit for an estimate for deer control.
Many people fear ticks—and for good reason. These tiny, eight-legged pests can cause a number of illnesses. The most recognized disease transmitted by infected ticks is Lyme disease, but do you know that ticks can also transmit other diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Powassan virus?
Ticks can be found virtually anywhere. They are commonly found in wooded areas, tall grasses and meadows, along property borders, in rock walls and even in home lawns. To help you deal with tick problems, Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes offers a variety of treatment programs that offer a high level of customer satisfaction.
After an initial inspection of the property by one of our qualified technicians, we develop a plan tailored to your property combining property-barrier treatments and treatments targeting tick-breeding sites.
For peace of mind, contact us to discuss tick control for your property.
We believe that pruning is as much art as science. It promotes healthy growth and enhances the appearance of your trees.
Tree pruning is the most common way to care for the living assets on your property by proactively removing dead or dying branches and controlling canopy growth. Too seldom done well in the trade, we prescribe pruning based on a rare understanding of plant growth.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes adheres to the American National Standards Institute's A300 Standard for Tree Care Operations for all our operations. In addition, we believe our experience with local conditions, ice storms, snow storms, hurricanes and the like offers a unique perspective for clients wishing to preserve trees in Long Island’s challenging climate.
Pruning can be done any time of year, but the ideal season for pruning is in winter when the lack of foliage in the canopy offers an unobstructed view of the tree’s framework and structural integrity.
Our certified arborists are happy to perform a site visit to determine the best pruning plan for your trees.
Contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.
Cabling and bracing systems provide additional support for healthy trees when pruning cannot correct structural defects. These systems are designed to reduce the stress put on the tree by heavy foliage, the weight of ice or snow and during high-wind events, reducing opportunities for damage to the tree, your property and nearby buildings.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes’ certified arborists apply horticultural expertise to determine a tree’s weak points, followed by engineering skills to install flexible cables or rigid bracing to reduce the risk of failure. Once installed, the system disappears into the canopy leaving your tree looking healthy and beautiful. Cabling and bracing should be inspected during annual site visits to ensure the system is intact and safe.
Our certified arborists are happy to conduct a site visit to discuss cabling and bracing systems for at-risk trees.
Contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.
Homeowners on the North Shore commonly request the services of a certified arborist to improve their view of Long Island Sound and its various bays or one of the area’s lovely golf courses. Contrary to popular belief, tree removal is not your only option to open up the view on your property. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes recommends vista pruning as the preferred method to achieve spectacular views.
There are different techniques that can be applied when vista pruning including canopy reduction and thinning interior growth. Our certified arborists consider the desired view and location of the trees in relation to the outdoor living spaces and buildings on the property to select the technique that makes the most sense.
Like standard pruning, vista pruning is most effective when done during the winter months while the tree is dormant and your arborist can more easily see the tree’s structure and the desired view without foliage in the way.
Our certified arborists are happy to conduct a site visit to explore vista pruning for your property.
Contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.
Lightning strikes can damage and weaken trees, creating a hazard and potentially causing serious problems for your property, especially in the event of another storm. Lightning protection systems are an excellent way to mitigate that risk.
Because trees are often the tallest objects in a landscape, naturally, they are more vulnerable to being struck by lightning. Electrical current seeks the path of least resistance, passing through the trunk of a tree and through the roots before dissipating in the ground. Major unseen internal and root damage may occur, weakening trees and making them more susceptible to disease.
Lightning protection systems are not designed to attract lightning or even to prevent strikes from occurring. Instead, they are designed to be the preferred path of least resistance, directing the current away from the tree directly into the ground.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes follows the ANSI A300 Standards for safe installation and maintenance of lightning protection systems.
We recommend protecting the following:
Trees within 10 feet of a structure
Trees of historical significance
Trees with sentimental value or add aesthetic value to the property
If one of these scenarios applies to you and you’re interested in a lightning protection system for a tree or trees on your property, contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.
Tree removals are complex and can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes has a team of certified arborists who will conduct a tree risk assessment to determine the viability of the trees on your property.
The trees on your property can be lovely assets or a dangerous liability to you, your property and even your neighbors. Our goal is to treat trees whenever possible with proper pruning and plant health care. However, if a tree is determined to be a risk, our arborists will work with you to bring down a tree safely and efficiently. Or, if a tree is a nuisance, such as dropping debris that is unmanageable to clean up, it’s a candidate for removal.
Tree removal is delicate work. We consider a variety of factors including location and ease of access, proximity to structures and other trees, tree size, equipment requirements and the time and crew needed to safely remove a tree.
Our certified arborists will conduct a site visit to evaluate these factors and discuss any concerns you may have about tree removal and how it could affect your property.
If you have a tree that you’re considering for removal, contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.
After a major storm, experience matters. That’s why the expert staff at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes are trusted by Long Island homeowners to clean up the mess and provide remedial treatment for trees that suffered damage, including pruning , cabling and bracing of at-risk trees and removal of downed trees and limbs. Our goal is to leave your property looking as if nothing happened.
While moving a fallen tree or limb may seem like a task you can handle, this is complex and dangerous work. Trees can do unpredictable things when they’re on the ground, not to mention the possibility of downed electrical wires introducing serious safety hazards. Our certified arborists are prepared to help in the wake of a storm.
Because we’re not chasing storms, you can rest assured our pricing is fair and our work is high quality. Wonderland only provides storm-cleanup services to North Shore clients, preserving the safety and natural beauty of the communities we work and live in.
If you’ve experienced storm damage and require immediate assistance, please call us directly at 516-922-5348 to speak with our on-call arborist.
When you have a construction project planned it’s important to have a strategy to protect the trees on your property from unnecessary damage. When you engage with the experts at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes, we develop and implement construction-site tree-protection plans to ensure minimal impact to the trees on your property.
The earlier we get involved in the process, the better prepared our arborists are to craft a protection plan minimizing conflict between the design process and pre-existing trees.
We work with architects, civil engineers, general contractors, landscape architects and excavation contractors in the planning and design, pre-construction and construction phases to provide guidance on how to best protect your trees from damage to the roots, trunk and canopy that can be caused by heavy machinery, heat or chemicals. Damage can include cuts and breaks to the trunk or branches and soil compaction and contamination.
Our certified arborists inventory your trees, identify those that are most at risk and mark protected trees and areas, such as root zones, with fencing and signage. Our plans are developed with guidance from American National Standards Institute's A300 Standard for Tree Care Operations to ensure best practices are applied.
If you’re planning a construction project on your property contact us to set up a site visit to discuss a construction-site tree-protection plan.
Trees in urban and suburban landscape settings such as Long Island are under many more stresses than trees in woodland settings. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes crafted a fertilization program based on decades of experience that is designed to support the health of Long Island’s trees and shrubs.
Our fertilizers are custom blended for your specific needs. We can help replenish all the essential plant nutrients to promote root growth and strengthen resilience as well as adjust pH levels, introduce organic matter and stimulate beneficial microbial activity in the soil to enhance nutrient availability and improved soil-water infiltration.
The combination of careful evaluation of your property with laboratory tests guiding our efforts to improve soil conditions determines the correct formulation and type of fertilizer your trees and shrubs need to thrive. Our expert tree care professionals have received hours of training on the proper application of the various types of fertilizer we use. Your trees and shrubs will receive the highest quality care possible.
Contact us to set up a site visit to explore a fertilization program for your trees and shrubs.
At Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes, we believe that natural pruning is best for most applications. We hand prune to reveal the branch work within the shrub. This creates a very attractive shape and promotes dense foliage and good health.
Different shrubs need pruning at different times of the year depending on species, desired aesthetics, their location in your landscape, size restrictions based on location and desired flowering schedules.
A sample seasonal-pruning schedule includes:
Renewal pruning of deciduous shrubs and containment pruning of evergreen shrubs late winter through early spring
Maintenance pruning or seasonal trimming to maintain shrub size late spring through early summer
Prune select flowering trees, such as Crape Myrtle, late summer to promote a second bloom cycle
Specialty pruning of large hedges and evergreen screening in fall
General landscape pruning, ornamental tree structural pruning and young shade-tree structural pruning in winter
Many clients find natural looking shrubs more appealing than the sheared shrubs they thought they wanted. After all, it is hard to improve on nature’s own design. Although, if you do want a geometrical look, say, for a formal hedge, our certified arborists will manage the necessary shearing in a way that doesn’t compromise the plant’s health.
If you do have shrubs that have been damaged, our arborists can prune them for rejuvenation, a special-care technique that can be highly effective.
Contact us to learn more about how our certified arborists can build a seasonal-pruning plan for the shrubs on your property.
Renewal pruning is a special treatment generally performed on overgrown and mature shrubs to restore them to a healthy and sustainable size.
During a site visit, a Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes certified arborist will determine whether the shrubs requiring renewal pruning can achieve the desired effect from a single treatment or through a three-year process. Ideally performed late winter through early spring, renewal pruning maintains the overall shape of a shrub while reducing its volume and height. Once the shrub achieves the intended goal, seasonal pruning or specialty pruning are used to maintain shape and volume going forward.
If you have mature or overgrown shrubs needing some TLC, Contact us to learn more about how our certified arborists can restore them.
When pruning shrubs requires different results in terms of growth and appearance, Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes’ certified arborists are trained to apply specialty pruning techniques to achieve those goals.
Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow. This process starts when a shrub reaches a certain height and annual pollarding restricts the plant to that height. This technique is best done in winter months because it’s easier for our arborists to see the shape being created.
Pleaching is a style of growing shrubs in a line with their branches woven together to create a hedge. This offers a natural alternative to traditional fencing.
This horticultural pruning technique trains shrubs and woody vines to grow in a two-dimensional design against a flat surface such as a wall, fence or trellis. Espalier maximizes sunlight and helps trees fit into tight areas such as small gardens and narrow spaces.
Contact us to learn more about how our certified arborists can perform specialty-pruning techniques to cultivate the shrubs on your property.
A comprehensive plant health care program includes insect and mite control for trees, shrubs and ground cover to preserve their health and beauty. Insects and mites can cause visible and invisible damage to foliage, bark, wood and roots. The experts at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes carefully examine for signs of plant-health problems and insect activity to properly diagnose and treat with every effort to preserve beneficial insects such as pollinators and natural predators to mites and other damage-causing insects.
Small pests common to Long Island trees and plants include cottony maple scale, euonymus scale, armored scales, spider mites and eriophyid mites. Our team applies organic and traditional insect- and mite-control methods through the root zone or foliage of a plant to interrupt the insect’s life cycle. Multiple applications may be prescribed based on the pest population.
When you observe signs of insect or mite activity, contact us to schedule a site visit to have a qualified arborist diagnose and recommend an insect- and mite-control treatment plan.
Like humans, trees, shrubs and ground cover are susceptible to an array of diseases that can cause stress and negatively affect their health. Often, they express health problems through physical appearance. The experts at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes carefully examine for signs of disease and resulting health issues to diagnose and prescribe treatment.
Tree and shrub diseases include fungi, fungal-like microorganisms, viruses and bacteria and can be infectious and non-infectious. Diseases common to Long Island include shot hole disease on Laurel shrubs, a variety of leaf diseases affecting ornamental fruit trees, needlecast fungal diseases on evergreens, Dutch Elm disease, and leaf blights on Boxwoods and Pachysandra.
Our team can perform both preventive and curative treatments to the foliage or via trunk injection. Depending on the disease, treatment may require multiple applications per year or in three-year intervals.
When you observe signs of disease, contact us to schedule a site visit to have a qualified arborist diagnose and recommend a disease-treatment plan.
Tree injection is a treatment method for preventing or controlling pests and diseases affecting tree health. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes’ end goal with tree injection is to support healthy, thriving trees in your landscape.
Like a booster shot for humans, tree injections are designed to administer “medicine” in the form of treatments, nutrients and growth regulators directly into a tree's vascular system. It’s a highly effective way to reduce and control insect infestations and prevent or treat disease and infections.
For example, as a preventive measure, Emerald Ash Borer control requires a single tree-injection application every three years. Similarly, Dutch Elm disease prevention also requires just a single tree injection every three years. Our certified arborists will diagnose and create a treatment plan that could include a combination of topical disease or insect and mite control with tree injection.
While a common form of treatment, tree injections are not normally our preferred choice. We will only prescribe tree injection for select instances when it is the only option to ensure the future health and longevity of your trees.
Contact us to schedule a site visit to explore tree injection as part of your plant health care treatment program.
Healthy soil offers a foundation for trees, shrubs and plants by supporting roots with stability and access to nutrients and moisture. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes offers soil-care services that can optimize the growth environment, leading to fewer pest and disease problems, increased growth rate of plants and can improve water infiltration.
North Shore soil tends to be rocky and acidic, with pH levels below the ideal range for healthy tree, shrub and plant growth. Our experts may recommend fertilization, pneumatic soil-compaction remediation using an air spade, incorporating compost into existing soil, vertical mulching techniques, percolation tests and soil testing to determine pH levels, available nutrients and more.
Contact us to set up a site visit with our certified technicians to evaluate and create a soil-care plan that creates an optimal growth environment for your landscape.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes’ monitor and treatment program is a comprehensive service leveraging our ARBORX™ Plant Health Care Program for better best management using less treatment materials. Consistent monitoring and treatment enables us to be proactive instead of reactive, keeping your valuable landscape as healthy as possible.
Monitor and treatment programs are property-specific, ensuring that your trees, shrubs and plants get exactly what they need and when for optimal health.
Benefits of a monitor and treatment program include:
Regular visits enable early detection, preventing excessive pest infestation
Applications are only made when sufficient pressure warrants treatment, and are automatically made when needed to control insects and diseases while protecting many beneficial insects
Comprehensive treatment covers all trees and shrubs up to 35 feet tall
Use of the most environmentally sound materials and application methods, including natural products whenever possible
For a proactive approach to plant health care, contact us to discuss building a custom monitor and treatment program for your landscape.
One of the most exciting steps in the landscape-design process is choosing the trees and shrubs for your ideal landscape. The creative and qualified experts at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes can advise on size, type, color and texture, as well as location, functional purpose and any maintenance required between visits from our crew.
Whether you’re looking for shrubs and trees to create privacy or hide foundations and other structural elements, offer shade, or provide flowers and accents, we’re prepared to guide you through the selection process while making recommendations that will thrive in North Shore soils.
Once your selections are made, our qualified technicians will get to work collecting and planting your trees and shrubs, bringing your vision to life.
Contact us to set up a consultation to discuss how to convert your landscape vision into a reality.
Moving trees is no easy task and is best left to experts. Proper pre-move planning and aftercare are part of ensuring transplanting is done correctly, and the certified arborists at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes are here to help.
There are many reasons to transplant a tree, including relocating them away from planned construction, when they outgrow their current space or have improved potential in a different part of the landscape, or to offer privacy from neighbors or for pools and patios.
Our expert team performs tree transplanting differently—the work is done by hand to offer enhanced care over mechanical methods and to capture more of the root mass with the plant. We then hand-ball and burlap the base to ensure roots are properly cut and not crushed during the moving process, setting up the tree for its best chance of health and success in its new location.
Once installed, proper watering and soil nutrition are two of the most important factors ensuring success. Transplanted trees are placed on a PHC monitor and treatment program to proactively manage their health as they take root in their new home.
When you have a tree that needs to be moved, contact us to set up a site visit to discuss transplanting and a monitor and treatment program.
There are many reasons to perform sod installation. Whether you’re starting fresh after a big construction project, or you’re ready to end an ongoing battle with weeds and bare patches in your existing lawn, laying sod offers nearly instant gratification and Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes is here to help.
Sod is a layer of established grass with roots and some soil attached. It is harvested in long strips that are rolled up with the soil side out. For the best chance of success, sod should be installed soon after harvesting. Once laid and with some finetuning, it offers the look of a finished lawn. However, it takes a few weeks for the roots to bond with the native soil.
Our technicians will install the sod and advise on proper fertilization, soil care and watering to ensure success of the installation.
If you’re ready to give your lawn a fresh start, contact us to set up a site visit to explore sod installation.
Masonry is a non-living element that enhances your landscape, adding both function and visual interest to your property. The experts at Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes are qualified to design and build retaining walls, natural stone walls, accent walls, patios, driveway aprons, pool decks, privacy walls, driveway curbing, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.
We work with natural stone and flagstone, landscape stone, bluestone, travertine, granite, cobblestones and beach pebbles to create beautiful and functional elements. Our designs are built to increase safety, add property value and create beautiful outdoor living spaces all while standing the test of time.
If you’re looking to add attractive and structurally sound masonry to your dream landscape, contact us to set up a consultation.
Proper landscape grading is necessary on Long Island given our climate and proximity to the ocean, and Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes is experienced with grading and drainage projects for North Shore homeowners.
Landscape grading is the art of shaping the land around your home to correct or prevent drainage problems. You might also choose to grade your yard to create flat spaces for pools and water features or distinct levels with retaining walls for aesthetic purposes.
Many factors must be considered before determining the final grade of a property, though none more important than allowing for proper drainage. Steep slopes will direct water where you want it, but could result in excessive pooling in other places and make your landscape difficult to enjoy.
If one of these scenarios applies to you and you’re interested in a lightning protection system for a tree or trees on your property, Contact us to set up a consultation with one of our landscape technicians to explore the grading and drainage needs for your property.
When you’re preparing for new construction and landscape upgrades, a site development plan will keep your landscaping project on task. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes can not only help you build the plan but also oversee the entire process between our skilled crews and partnerships with experienced contractors.
Site development plans are typically developed in conjunction with construction plans to include grade changes and drainage, leach fields, excavation for pools, foundations and additions, French drain systems and more.
Bringing on an experienced team to oversee all the elements of site development ensures that someone on-site is advocating for your needs, keeping projects on track and getting ahead of development snags.
If you’re planning a big construction project or landscape upgrade, contact us to explore a site development plan to protect your time, energy and budget.
Water features and pools enhance your outdoor living space. Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes is prepared to partner with you to create the space of your dreams, whether your goal is to create a peaceful oasis or a guest-ready entertainment space.
We partner with Long Island’s leading pool builders and architectural firms to design and install pools, spas, ponds and water features like waterfalls and fountains that fit seamlessly into your landscape, and our expert technicians oversee construction from start to finish and protect your living assets throughout the process.
If you’re planning to add a water feature or pool to your property, contact us for a consultation.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes specializes in crafting beautiful outdoor spaces that connect us with nature. Amenities such as lighting, sound systems, outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens extend living spaces outside. They complement pools and water features, masonry elements and enhance enjoyment of the natural landscape.
Our qualified experts partner with your in-house staff and local technicians and contractors to design and craft custom elements that provide you with an outdoor living space you’ll love using and be proud to share with family and friends.
Contact us to schedule a consultation to design and build the outdoor living space of your dreams.