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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 4, Stevens Point to Green Bay

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Today’s Itinerary: 96 miles

8:15 a.m. Tree dedication at Emeritus at Oakridge Senior Living Center

9:45 a.m. Rest stop at The Millstone of Iola Mills and tree dedication at the Iola Old Car Show Grounds

11:00 a.m. Professor Pricklethorn education event and tree dedication

11:30 a.m. Lunch at Hatten Park

2:00 p.m. Rest stop and Professor Pricklethorn at the Muehl Public Library

5:00 p.m. Tree dedication at Skyline Park

6:00 p.m. Reception and dinner at Lambeau Field with featured speaker: Aaron Popkey, Green Bay Packers

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Today’s Update:

The Tour Departs from Stevens Point

Wednesday was another century day on the bike as the Tour departed Stevens Point following a local tree dedication.  We rolled along, meandering through the big woods and back into the prairies and farm land approaching Green Bay.

We Break for Trains

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We discovered that only way to stop this dedicated bunch of riders is run a train in front of them.  The train in the picture stopped our group three times as we rode through Green Bay and gave us a chance to catch our breath.

 

 

 

 Dedication at Lambeau

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We enjoyed our evening at Lambeau Field after a touching tree dedication for a family who recently suffered a tragedy.  We made sure to give the new planting a fresh drink of water before we left as it is getting a bit dry around here.  Thursday’s ride is slightly shorter at 57 miles to Door County.  See you on the road!

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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 3, Wisconsin Dells to Stevens Point

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Today’s Itinerary: 87 miles

9:10 a.m. Rest Stop at Castle Rock County Park

11:30 a.m. Lunch / Professor Pricklethorn education event/tree dedication at Nekoosa Riverside Park

1:30 p.m. Rest stop and tree dedication at the Little Plover River Park

6:00 p.m. Reception and dinner at the University of Wisconsin- Steven Point. Featured speaker: Richard Hauer, Ph.D.image001

Today’s Update:

Back in the Saddle with Jeff Palmer

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Tuesday provided riders with a much easier day in the saddle as the winds subsided a bit and the terrain eased. The road took us north from the Dells along the beautiful Wisconsin River.

Tangles and Treatment

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Unfortunately, a couple of riders went down hard today when they tangled up with other bikes.  We hope they both recover quickly and are back on the road soon.  One of the riders was Bob Squibb of Western Tree Service, who is an avid Arborjet proponent and service provider in the San Diego area. I had a chance to talk with him the other night about all of the treatments he has been providing in the area protecting customer’s Oaks from Goldspotted Oak Borer. Feel better fast Bob!

Unlucky Trees

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We are riding in the area of Wisconsin that uses a lot of forest products and rode by a mill where I snapped a photo of a bunch of trees that didn’t make it.  Looks like they’ll be paper soon.  Looking forward to another good weather day on Wednesday as we coast into Green Bay and tour Lambeau Field.

Protecting and Connecting with Rob Gorden

Headed west from Massachusetts by car yesterday for the 1,100 mile ride to connect with the tour and Jeff tonight. Along route 90 we saw ever increasing signs of dead ash from the Emerald Ash Borer. We were pleased to know that towns in upstate NY including Syracuse, Rochester, and Amherst are protecting over 10,000 city trees with our products! Today we depart from Ohio, will pass through Chicago where they are protecting almost 80,000 ash with Arborjet’s support, and look forward to connecting with Jeff tonight as we are excited to complete the final 3 days of the tour.

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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 2, Madison to Wisconsin Dells

 Today’s Itinerary: 106 miles

8:00 a.m. Tree dedication at the Wisconsin State CapitalSTL_TDT_logo_2012[1]

10:15 a.m. Rest stop and tree dedication at the Blue Mound State Park

11:00 a.m. Tree dedication and educational event at the Sauk City Library with Professor Pricklethorn

12:15 p.m. Lunch at the Wollersheim Winery

1:30 p.m. Rest stop at Devil’s Lake State Park

2:00 p.m.  Arborjet sponsored an EAB Defense Demonstration at Attridge Park

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Welcome reception at Chula Vista Resort sponsored by TREE Fund Trustees

6:00 p.m. Reception/Dinner at Chula Vista

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Today’s Update:

On the Road Again

Last night we stayed at the Hyatt Place in Madison where I had a fantastic view of towering pines of the Wisconsin Dells. After a good night’s rest, we got back on the road and started the day’s 106 mile journey. I am a Stihl Tour des Trees rookie and have found that all veteran riders have been extremely helpful to me. This morning, Harry and Dick didn’t hesitate to stop riding when they saw me fumbling with a flat on the roadside.  With their assistance, I was rolling again quickly and we made it to the Arborjet demonstration on time.

Saving Ash Trees

photo(4)(1)The treatment demonstrations at Attridge Park in Baraboo were a great success. Arborjet donated injection treatments into 4 prominent ash trees in the park to prevent them from EAB infestation. The city has 1,200 publicly owned ash trees and plans to treat more than half in its urban forestry plan. This year, they’ve already treated 180 trees with Arborjet’s TREE-äge® Insecticide. Treating trees for Emerald Ash Borer before the infestation starts is a top priority in this quaint community.

Preserve and Protect

photo(1)(1)Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm praised Arborjet for helping city preserve and protect hundreds of ash trees through injection treatment. “These trees will continue to provide beauty to our park, shade to our residents and value to the community.”

Tomorrow’s Ride

Tomorrow we ride 87 miles to Stevens Point where I am looking forward to connecting with Dr. Rich Bauer, a great advocate for urban trees.

©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 1, Milwaukee to Madison

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Today’s Itinerary: 94 miles

8:00 a.m. Tour launch ceremonies at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

10:15 a.m. Rest stop/ tree dedication at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center in Waukesha

11:30 a.m. Rest stop at the Concord Community Center.

12:30 p.m. Professor Elwood Pricklethorn hosts an educational event and tree dedication at Commons Park in Lake Mills

2:30 p.m. Rest Stop and tree dedication at Fireman’s Park in Cottage Grove

2:45- 4:30 p.m. Welcome reception at Hyatt Place

6:00 p.m. Reception /Dinner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Arborist Association with featured speaker, R. Bruce Allison, PhD., author of, If Trees Could Talk

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Today’s Update:

Kicking Off the Tour

Day 1 of the Tour seemed like homecoming for me as I spend a lot of time both in the Milwaukee and Madison areas.  David Sivyer, Milwaukee’s Forestry Superintendent sent the Tour riders off with thanks for helping to raise money for tree research.  He noted that Milwaukee has still not recovered from the canopy loss due to Dutch Elm Disease and appreciates all the treatment research that has taken place on Emerald Ash Borer. The EAB research helped the city decide to protect more than 27,000 ash trees with TREE-äge® Insecticide.  I was pleased to have the opportunity to connect with Ian Brown who organizes and supervises Milwaukee’s treatment program.

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Wheels Rolling West

We stopped in Waukesha at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center for a tree planting and dedication. At the dedication, I got a chance to chat with Pete Traczek, the Waukesha City Forester, who has been dealing with EAB and treating for some time.

Heavy Winds on the Way to Madison

The headwinds were strong as we pedaled west through rolling farm land.  The scenery was beautiful and the crops are doing well.  The winds slowed us down a bit but we made it to Madison and are looking forward to tomorrow’s ride.

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©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Provider Spotlight: Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, Hillard, OH

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Chris Ahlum is a second generation arborist who grew up in the family business. His father Dave started Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation 37 years ago and today they run the company together. They have approximately 30 employees and cater to high-end residential clients and also do some commercial work.

EAB Entrenched in Ohio

“Our service area in central Ohio covers a seven county area. This includes Columbus and Franklin County, as well as the surrounding areas. Emerald Ash Borer [EAB] is well entrenched in and on its way through Columbus now. We have had to modify our business model around EAB. Our business used to be 80% pruning and 20% removal, and now we are probably more 50/50 in our services. Unfortunately, 85-90% of our removal now is ash trees.”

Despite the challenges, the Ahlums have not given up on Ohio’s ash trees.  They invested in treatment products and this side of the business has increased significantly.

Treating with TREE-äge

“Over the past two years we have started using TREE-äge® Insecticide for nearly 90% of our ash tree treatments. We exclusively use the Arborjet QUIK-jet™ because it is simple to operate and we can train someone to use it quickly. We like that you can see the dose and know it is going in the tree.”

Want to learn more about Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, QUIK-jet or TREE-äge? Contact us!

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©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Provider Spotlight: Earthwise Landscape & Pest Control Services, Atascadero, CA

logo-for-earthwise(1)Steve Despain, the owner of Earthwise Landscape & Pest Control Services has been in the structural pest control business in Atascadero, CA for 25 years. In recent years, he hired his son and decided to specialize in treating trees. “I always had a love for trees and pursued some forestry training back in college in the 70s.  I live in a Tree City USA, so there is the market, the need, and this love that I have. Now that I am in my sixties, I’m trying to slow down a bit and hand more over to my son. When I am completely out of the pest control business I will continue to offer tree services as a modified retirement.

Honesty & Integrity

“Since the initial purchase of equipment and basic training, my Arborjet representative, Dawn, has mentored me in different areas. I trust her implicitly.  The honesty, integrity, training and the availability of the Arborjet staff for questions and feedback has been fantastic.  All of our marketing has been word of mouth. One job turns into several referrals and that is a gradual growth that I am comfortable with. Business is taking care of itself.

Preventing Infestation

“The biggest issue I have is that by the time I get the calls the trees are usually sick, dead, or dying, and the prognosis is often marginal at best. We can try to save it and that might add a few years to its life. It’s like anything else…people don’t go to the doctor until they get sick and it’s the same with the trees. By the time they call, the tree is already showing signs of infestation and browning throughout the canopy. Very few people use a prophylactic measures to prevent infestation. My clients trust my judgment and see how the trees rebound. In the most cases once you treat, it takes a season to see the result. I simply give my clients the facts and tell them the options so they can make their decisions.

Rewarding Feedback

“Last week, I was catching up with a client who had entrusted me with a huge sycamore that had anthracnose. Three years ago the leaves were gnarled and full of yellow spots, and the canopy was sparsely populated with leaves. The branches that were barest were extremely unhealthy. He was nearly ready to have the tree cut down, but after treatment with PHOSPHO-jet and TREE-äge® to get rid of other insects, the tree looks spectacular.  He loves his sycamore and now finds himself often admiring it and appreciating its beauty. It’s very rewarding to receive this type of feedback.”

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©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Provider Spotlight: Michele Forry Landscape Company, San Antonio TX

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Michele Forry has a degree in Horticulture, and has been employed in the landscape industry for over 25 years. In 1994 Michele Forry Landscapes Company, Inc. became a full time operation, offering a full array of landscape services, including tree injections.

Oak Wilt is the most prevalent issue Michele treats using the TREE I.V. system for tree injection. “The product is directly administered to the vascular system of the tree and you can see it going in. It’s the way to go if you are treating Oak Wilt.”treeIV(1)

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New York City’s “Great Trees” Preserve the Past and Protect the Future

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The “Great Tree” Clone Program

Six years ago in New York City, cuttings were taken from nine different species of trees of historical and environmental significance. The “Great Tree” Clone Program, sponsored by the TREE Fund, Bartlett Tree Experts and the New York Restoration Project, has cloned New York City’s aging historic trees and has begun to populate the five boroughs with their offspring.

On Thursday, May 1, NYC Parks, the New York Tree Trust, and MillionTreesNYC joined the TREE Fund, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, Bartlett Tree Experts, Schichtels Nursery Oregon and John Bowne High School to plant clones from two historic “mother” trees in Van Cortlandt Park. Read more about the planting here.

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Protecting and preserving these trees that could be lost to pests or development is part of ambitious MillionTreesNYC.  The initiative’s goal is to plant one million trees city wide and to date they have planted almost 900,000 trees!

Interested in learning more about the “Great Trees” or participating in MillionTreesNYC? Get all of the information you need at www.treefund.org and www.milliontreesnyc.org.

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Provider Endorsement: Earthwise Landscape & Pest, Atascadero, CA

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“After speaking with Dawn on the equipment I was convinced. She was honest as to limitations on specific equipment, what equipment to first purchase and has been available in an unbelievable manner for support and advice. Upon purchasing the Arborjet system it took a few trees to learn the equipment and then business took off. Once the customer hears about and then sees the technical aspects of the tree the jobs pretty much sell themselves. A prestigious horse ranch in California was so impressed with the success of previous treatments and the neatness of service, I was offered to bid setting up a maintenance service on all if their trees ( a couple of hundred). I am now looking into purchasing the viper hydraulic kit. SAY YES to Arborjet. They are honest, supportive and have great equipment that is versatile and effective in all areas of tree service” – Steve Despain

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Product Spotlight: NutriRoot™

 

What is NutriRoot?

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NutriRoot is a 2-part formula made up of a nutrient pack and water manager in one that can be used at planting or as maintenance to mature trees, shrubs, landscape plants, and turf. This unique blend of essential minerals, seaweed extract, humates, surfactants and humectants are designed to increase root development and to reduce water stress in trees, shrubs and lawns. In trials, plants treated with NutriRoot developed twice the amount of root mass!

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  • Promotes root growth
  • Reduces watering
  • Improves transplant success
  • Protects transplants from drought stress and shock
  • Feeds roots all season long

How is NutriRoot applied?

NutriRootTreatedUntreatedRootsApply NutriRoot at planting or to mature landscapes to increase water absorption into the roots and to enhance root growth. NutriRoot may be applied monthly throughout the growing season, particularly in hot, dry months to alleviate water stress in trees and landscape plants. The formula is designed for use in watering cans, hose-end, or hydraulic/pump sprayers, soil injectors and similar equipment.

Please be sure to consult the NutriRoot label for exact dosing guidelines and more information.

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