This week we spoke with Laura Lyon, a knowledgeable and experienced Arborist at the Bob Ray Company in Louisville, Kentucky. I asked her to talk about EAB situation in her area this Spring as well as other concerns for the trees of Kentucky.
“I have been aware of EAB for years now and more so since coming to the Bob Ray Company. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at trees and during this time of year I spend 60% of my time looking at Ash trees specifically. In Kentucky there are a lot of people that care about their trees, whether they need treatment or not, and that’s a good thing!
I fight against the misinformation and rumors such as, “if you have Ash trees you need to cut them down” and “nothing on the market works”. The fact is the Arborjet products are very easily used and they work very well, but sometimes their minds are already made up and those trees are gone. Thankfully the majority of our customers are very willing to treat their trees. They are aware that we are keeping up with current research here and at the the University of Kentucky. We let our customers know what to expect.
We’ve had several droughts in the past, so now the trees are starting to manifest issues. Oaks and Elms are exhibiting various problems, and some of our Red Maples are showing a general decline. They Honeylocust Trees and the Hickory trees are now starting to exhibit problems as well. We run the gamut on issues because our crazy weather pattern exacerbates any problems that may be around…so we are constantly working with this.”