Friday, June 12, 2015
By Jeff Wilson, ISA certified Arborist, IL-0099A
This is a question we are starting to hear more and more often as the damage from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) starts to show in thinning or dead trees. For 80 years our clients have depended on our help when disease or damaging insects affect their properties. Over the years, we have stayed one step ahead of tree issues such as Dutch Elm Disease, Gypsy Moth and others to help keep your trees healthy and beautiful.
At Wachtel, we operate differently from other companies out there. Our professional approach is caring for your property, not just selling a service for an individual tree. Our goal is the stewardship of your property. We are always working to find the best way to manage EAB (or any other problem) and give you all of the facts so you can decide what is best for you.
So what are we doing about EAB?
We are always seeking out the latest information, techniques and products so that you can be assured you are receiving the best treatments available. Our Certified Arborists will visit your property and speak with you to assess your priorities, offer options, and help you make the best decisions. We keep you up to date with the newest information through our newsletters, facebook page, e-news letter, fact sheets and this blog. We take advantage of the education and dedication of our employees and associates in the industry, here are two examples:
- Our team has created an EAB protocol for your properties that will be periodically updated as needed. This will help guide our treatment decisions when they are needed.
- Janet Doss, our Plant Health Care department supervisor, made a modification to reduce the size of the drill bit needed when an injection of treatment is necessary to provide protection of a valuable Ash tree. As populations of EAB increase, trunk injections will be the primary method of protection. Reducing the size of the hole (and not having to use the plastic plug needed with the larger drill bit) will speed up the closing of the wound and help prevent the splitting of the bark.
Only time will tell what the future will bring however, you can count on us to help care for your trees with the newest techniques and products available.