Angel Oak Tree Care has been serving the needs of the Indianapolis area for many years. The heart of the company is Steve Courchaine, a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and a B.S. in Forestry.



Complete Tree Care & Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

Angel Oak has extensive expertise keeping your trees strong and healthy. We offer pruning, tree surgery, deep root fertilization, pest management, shaping, removal, cabling & bracing, and stump grinding.



Lawn Treatment

Our sister company, Angel’s Touch Lawn Care, brings the Angel Oak’s attention to detail and professional experience to your lawn. In addition to fertilization and weed control; we offer grub control, disease treatment, aeration, and slice seeding.

In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 we won the Super Service Award. Check our company’s ratings.

Angel Oak Wins 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award!!!

Insect Infestation 2012

April 5, 2012
Dear Angel Oak Client:
This is just a quick note to tell you about the infestation of insects this year – for those of you who are not on a complete program. You may want to reconsider how many treatments you have for your trees.
Across the state the mild winter and lack of moisture has some insects coming out sooner and they are also seeing an increase in certain insect populations for this time of year.
One of the early insects coming out this year is the Japanese Beetle; be sure to keep an eye out for it.
In an article called, “Pest Predictions without winter”
Timothy J. Gibb, Extension Entomologist and Douglas Richmond, Turf grass Entomologist states the following:
“With the very mild winter that most of Indiana experienced so far, we are being asked about its effect on insect populations for this year. The consensus among entomologists is that although insect populations were probably not especially hurt by low temperatures this winter, they probably have not benefitted that much either. Insect pests have developed behavioral and physiological strategies to get through even very cold winters, so the lack of cold this winter probably will not affect the kinds of pests we have this year. However, because the emergence of insects is tied directly with temperature accumulations, we do expect to see insects emerge much earlier during years with mild winter compared to more normal years. In fact, we are already seeing the late winter emergence of many arthropods such as lady beetles, clover mites, and crane flies that usually begin later in March. Take for example clover mites. We are already receiving calls about these very tiny mites (smaller than a pin head) that may occur in high numbers, first around windows, but later over entire walls of buildings.
Clover mites most often originate in turf grass stands that are relatively young (2 – 5 yrs. old), well maintained and fertilized. During the late winter and again in the fall time, these mites seem to migrate in large numbers and often end up inside structures, including homes. Clover mites are small enough to squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and openings in buildings, making it nearly impossible to seal them out. Turf grass grown right up to and in direct contact with building foundations can also facilitate their entry into structures. Although they are harmless to humans and pets, the presence of large numbers of these mites inside structures can be unsettling and attempts to wipe or sweep them from light colored surfaces such as walls often smashes them, resulting in brown/red steaks that can be difficult to clean.
The temporary application of double-sided tape around window sills can help stop migrating mites from gaining further access into affected structures, but once inside, these mites often become dehydrated rather quickly making vacuum cleaning of their tiny dead bodies one of the best options.”
In regards to Emerald Ash Borer, the following came from Purdue.
“In 2012 apply EAB insecticides earlier to account for warmer weather

Adult EAB begin to emerge between at 450 and 500 GDD using a base of 50 F. Optimal application dates put insecticides in the leaves to kill adults before most eggs are laid.”

Please stay informed and please call me whenever you feel you may have a problem with insects – don’t let them kill your trees before you call me!!!

Things to look for when examining your trees for insects are the following:
 Black Spots
 Holes in leaves
 Ants – may indicate scale
 Bees – may also indicate scale
 Yellowing tree leaves
 Appearance of tree in decline
1. Lack of leaves.
2. Bark becoming brittle.
3. Falling limbs or branches becoming spongy.
All of the above can eventually kill your tree! Trees give your property value – protect your investment.

Angel Oak Tree Care

Steve Courchaine
BS Urban Forestry – Certified Arborist

Tree Care Industry Association

Arborist Forum
By, Stephen A. Courchaine
I ‘ve been in the tree care business for 33 years and thought that I had heard every request and question that could ever be asked regarding trees -that was until a telephone call I received this past October 15 from a client. My client requested an estimate to physically pull all the leaves infected with Tubakia leaf spot diseaseoff oftworedoaktrees. Hewanted the leaves bagged and disposed offsite. He also requested that all fallen leaves within a 100-foot radius of each tree be raked, bagged and disposed of.
My curiosity was piqued in both his ability to identify Tubakia leaf spot disease (formerly called Actinopelte leaf spot) and
his request to physically pull the leaves off of the trees. I told him that I had never received such a request before. He then proceeded to explain.
Oak leaves with Tubakia leaf spot. He said that he had noticed over the last couple of seasons the leaves turning brown in late summer with what appeared to be small lesions on them. So, he collected some leaf samples and took them to Purdue University where a consumer horticulture specialist examined them. They submitted their findings and identified the leaves as being infected with Tubakia leaf spot. Due to this year’s unusual wet, cool summer in central Indiana, the disease was more pronounced. The Purdue report stated that our client
One of the two oaks infected with Tubakia leaf spot prior to leaf removal.
would probably notice the disease from year to year in varying degrees. They suggested that the trees be fertilized to aid in the recovery of any stress caused by the disease; they also recommended removing and destroying fallen leaves this fall and next spring, if some of the leaves do not drop until then. They stated that this would remove much of the infection source for next season; also included in their report were fact sheets from Purdue and the University of Wisconsin regarding Tubakia leaf spot. Both fliers mentioned that, while the disease may cause some stress, it is more of a cosmetic problem and generally will not be detrimental to the trees.
Once again my curiosity was piqued in
TREE CARE INDUSTRY -DECEMBER 2009 that, given all of the information listed, why he would want to go to the expense of pulling off the infected leaves?
My client explained that the two red oaks had sentimental meaning for him. He had planted the two oaks in memory of his late wife and his late partner. His partner, who was a great friend and mentor, taught him and his wife how to sail years ago. Sailing became a passion for the couple and they spent all of their free time pursuing their new passion. When his wife and the partner both passed away, my client planted the two red oaks in their memory at the Indianapolis Sailing Club at Geist Lake and placed a plaque underneath each tree. He stated that he would do everything
It took eight hours for the two-man crew to pull and bag all of the leaves and rake all surrounding areas.
within his power to keep the trees as ing that this would leave infectious spores healthy as possible. He didn’t want the embedded in the lawn. leaves falling and being mowed over I met with my client at the job-site to before he was able to pick them up, know-examine the trees. Although they were
young and not much taller than 30-feet, I was at loss as to how much time it would take to pull all of those leaves off of the trees, bag, and dispose of them! After a brief discussion with the client, we decided to do the job Deep-root fertilization is aimed based on an at keeping the tree healthy so hourly rate. it can fight the infection.
It took eight hours for the two-man crew to pull and bag all of the leaves and rake all surrounding areas. We also deep-root fertilized the trees for my client. And, we will be sure to monitor the trees progress closely this coming spring.
Stephen A. Courchaine and his wife, Sheila, own TCIA-member Angel Oak Tree Care, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. ~

Brookside Park Beautification Blitz

April 15, 2009
Paula Freund
Public Information Officer
Indy Parks & Recreation
E-mail: pfreund@indygov.org
Office: 317-327-7035
Cell: 317-442-7578


INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard highlighted the importance of strong community partnerships today during a tree maintenance blitz at Brookside Park involving about 25 arborists from six professional tree companies.

The arborists trimmed and pruned historic trees and removed invasive species at the Eastside park, a sprawling 108 acres of rolling wooded greenspace. The total value of tree work including labor and equipment totals more than $15,750.

“These companies today demonstrate their commitment to the upkeep of our community assets by assisting the City of Indianapolis in performing needed tree work that has immediate cost-savings and public safety benefits,” said Mayor Ballard. “Preserving our urban tree canopy in one of our oldest parks is a sustainability measure that improves the life span and health of these trees. In-kind investments by partners such as our local arborists allow us to accomplish essential tasks on a broader scale with long-term results.”

The improvements by Duke Energy, Bartlett Tree Experts, Wright Tree Service, Davey Tree Service, Angel Oak Tree Service and Nelson Tree Service help the longevity of the trees and enhance their many benefits. The companies donated the use of nine bucket trucks with chippers for their unique partnership with Indy Parks’ Forestry division, which is responsible for maintaining more than 250,000 street trees and a large inventory of park trees in Indianapolis.

“Proper maintenance of trees is critical to the health of Indianapolis’ urban forest, which provides many important benefits for Indianapolis including cleaner air and water and improved quality of life,” said Indy Parks Director Stuart Lowry. “We are very appreciative for the generous donation of time by these companies to improve tree health and safety in Brookside Park.”

About SustainIndy:
Launched in October 2008, SustainIndy is Mayor Ballard’s bold and innovative enterprise aimed at delivering long-term cost savings to the City, building the local economy, improving our quality of life and enhancing our environmental and public health. Its efforts are designed to aggressively move Indianapolis forward in making it one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest.

CONTACT US @: (317) 347-0533

Fall Tree and Lawn Care

The fall months are an excellent time to restore our landscapes. The following suggested services will improve the health, vigor, and overall appearance of your landscape.


SLICE SEEDING using improved cultivars of turf grass seed will fill in dead and bare areas of your lawn. This process actually incorporates seed in to the soil for maximum germination rates. This service must be performed in late September or early October.
CORE AERIFICATION & OVERSEEDING is suggested for thin lawns and is a good way to incorporate fresh cultivars of turf grasses to your existing lawn. It also improves root systems and helps in controlling thatch problems. (Late Sept. Early Oct.)
CORE AERIFICATION will improve root systems of lawns by allowing moisture and air movement deeper into our clay soil. This will create a deeper root system which means a healthier lawn. This service also aids in controlling thatch problems.


DEEP ROOT FERTILIZATION is a process of injecting our organic fertilizer directly in to the root zone of your trees and shrubs. Our fertilizer has no burn potential and will actively feed your trees for TWO FULL YEARS! The fall months are the most active time for root development of trees and shrubs. If you have not already had us perform this service this year – it is strongly suggested.


PRUNING is suggested to eliminate dead, diseased, and broken limbs. Shade and ornamental trees should be cleared from house and utility lines. Low limbs should be elevated and trees should be shaped and thinned. Fall is an excellent time to provide these services and will put your trees in good shape for the 2011 season.

If you would like an estimate for any or all of these services, please call our office at (317) 347-0533. We thank you for using our services in the past and look forward to caring for your property in the future.

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

This article originally appeared in Topics Newspaper July 20, 2006

This exotic beetle is not native to North America. It is believed to have arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material from its native Asia. The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Since its discovery, it has spread to parts of Ohio, Indiana and Canada. EAB is responsible for killing 12-15 million ash trees in this short period of time.

The adult beetles are metallic green, about ½ inches long and difficult to spot in trees. The adults lay eggs in the crevasse of the ash bark near the end of May or early June. The larval stage of this insect’s life cycle causes all the damage as it bores throughout the cambial layer of the tree disrupting the natural flow of water and nutrients from roots to shoots. In the spring, the larva turns into adults leaving the tree with a distinctive D-shaped exit hole.

The natural spread of EAB is about ½ miles or less annually. However, humans have greatly accelerated this process by transporting infested wood and landscape plant material unknowingly. Quarantines are now in place to prevent the movement of firewood, logs or nursery trees.

Michigan State University Extension Agency has provided a Homeowners Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Treatments. They have recommended two types of treatments: an insecticidal soil drench, and/or insecticide tree implants. The product they mentioned as a systemic soil drench is Bayer Advanced Garden ™. The label instructions recommend using 1 ounce of insecticide per inch of trunk circumference to be applied in May. This product is available in most local garden stores. They mention two tree implants, Bonide® Systemic Insecticide Bullets and ACECAP® 97 Systemic Insecticide Tree Implants. These cartridges are implanted into the tree trunk at 4-inch intervals. Follow label directions for drilling holes and inserting implants or bullets. Both products should be applied in late May. Michigan State University does not endorse the products mentioned over others.

It is important to note that these treatments must be applied every season. Homeowners also have the option of contacting tree care professionals to treat their trees. Professional Arborists have access to some systemic products that are not available to homeowners. Professionals also have spray equipment capable of treating the trunk and branches with a bore spray when the adult beetles are known to be laying eggs.

Hopefully, with the concerted efforts of the Universities, Government Agencies, and all concerned citizens, we will be able to save our ash trees for generations to come.

Stephen A. Courchaine graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Urban Forestry in 1976 and has 30 years experience in caring for trees in Indiana.