Diagnosing plant health problems takes specialized knowledge and experience. In this workshop instructor Jim Flott will recommend diagnostic steps to follow in determining the problem. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate diagnosis process. This workshop provides a solid foundation for arborists of all skill and experience levels to aid in the diagnosis of tree disorders.
The term “Tree Doctor” implies that such a professional can effectively diagnose a plant health problem and offer advice or prescriptions for resolving it. Although not known as tree doctors these days, arborists are often called upon by their clients for exactly this service, since diagnosing plant health problems takes specialized knowledge and experience. Some diagnoses are straight-forward when dealing with common problems; however, other plant health issues can be frustrating to diagnose in cases when symptoms are elusive or when circumstances conspire to obscure the signs that something might be wrong.
The best plant health diagnosticians out there will tell you that it takes decades of study and diligent practice to get really good at it, and even then the most experienced will still consult textbooks and research articles to help verify their conclusions. This lecture presents diagnostic steps to follow in determining the problem.