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The Michigan Oak Wilt Crisis

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Oak Wilt has been on the rise in Michigan and recently there has been such a spike that it has become an epidemic, especially on the west side of the state. It has spread across the state so anyone that has oak trees here should be aware and be monitoring for infection. The decimated numbers of oak trees in urban forests are bringing about a dramatic change in the area’s ecology, resulting in decreased air quality and hazardous clusters of standing dead trees. Arborjet’s Joe Aiken, the Great Lakes Regional Technical Manager, filled us in on the current crisis in Michigan.

Oak Wilt Awareness

“A few emails have gone out geared toward the forestry industry, but information hasn’t been targeted to the general public. I really want to get more information out to homeowners. One group in particular that I am concerned about are vacation cottage owners in Northern Michigan that may not be aware of the situation because they are not there enough. If you or a neighbor have a red oak in your landscape, you want to monitor Oak Wilt because if they have it the fungus can spread rapidly through root grafts.”

Don’t Move Firewood

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources released a bulletin on December 1, 2014 advising against the movement of firewood between state parks to help prevent the spread of Oak Wilt. Michigan DNR Parks and Recreation has been working the last several years to stop the spread of Oak Wilt at state parks.

Proper Pruning

“One important thing for the people of Michigan to understand is when to have an oak tree pruned. The fungus colonizes in the wound of the tree so when it is warm out you shouldn’t be cutting oak trees. The fungus is easily transported by beetles from infected wood to nearby wounded trees,” Aiken advised.

Mortality

Oak Wilt is a lethal tree infection that cannot be cured and causes rapid death of untreated trees. Once the Red Oak trees become infected they can die anywhere within a month to a year. Aiken added, “People are shocked to be losing their oak trees faster than they lost their ash trees to Emerald Ash Borer. With the red oak it is that fast and that is why it is so important for people in Michigan to be aware of the signs and symptoms.”

Basic Identification

Initial symptoms of Oak Wilt are browning leaves, beginning at the leaf tip and moving downward toward the stem. As the disease progresses, limbs will die off. Fungal mats may develop under the bark, pushing the bark outwards causing deterioration.

Oak Wilt is a disease caused by an oak specific fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) that spreads through root grafts and by insects. The infection causes leaf discoloration, defoliation and death.

Red Oaks are particularly susceptible to Oak Wilt and often succumb quickly. White oaks are more tolerant of the infection as they do not form damaging fungal mats.

Be Pro-active & Get Information

Would you like to learn more about Oak Wilt? If you have any questions about diagnosis contact a certified arborist for an evaluation.

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Madison WI: Neighbors Determined to Save their Ash Trees

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Earlier this week, Arborjet spoke with Linda Haglund-Lynch, a member of the Eastmorland Community Association in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been involved with the Green Ribbon Project’s effort to raise awareness about Emerald Ash Borer and all the ash trees that will be lost if left untreated. Currently there are nearly 300 green ribbons around the ash trees in east Madison parks. Here’s what Linda had to say:

Project Origins

“The original project started when they took down a few trees in Sherry Park. Several members of the Eastmorland Community Association including myself inquired why they were cut down because they were very large healthy ash trees. They told us the city has budgeted to protect many of the trees lining streets with Arborjet’s TREE-äge, however all city park ash trees are scheduled for removal due to lack of funding for treatment. They informed us of the Adopt a Tree program and we immediately started trying to get as many as possible adopted.

“We wanted to make sure that people understood the scope of the situation with the numerous ash trees in our parks. Some park trees will have to be cut down, but it will really make a difference if we treat as many as possible and that is our goal. The ribbon is a powerful visual aid when trying to imagine the immense impact.”

Preserving for Present for the Future

“Many people are really enthusiastic about treating our park’s trees. One couple donated to save a tree in Sherry Park because they have an eighteen month old son. She said that she ‘wanted to have shade in her son’s play area, as this is the park that he uses all of the time.’ Many people understand the impact this is going to make on the parks, not only the shade but the birds, air quality and the beauty of the park will be compromised. Even if the mature ashes are replaced with small trees it won’t be the same until they age for another 50-100 years.”

Educating the Community

“Many people are under-informed, so we are trying to educate the community about the treatment. We emphasize the reduced risk and efficacy of trunk injection. In upcoming weeks we will be consulting with experts that all supported treatment in their articles and reinforce the importance of treating as many ash as possible. Additionally, they believe long term treatment cost and frequency may go down once all untreated ash trees are removed. Once you have a large group of treated trees EAB will start to decline and it will become easier to keep them healthy.”

You Can Help

“The Parks division’s Adopt-a Park Tree program allows for residents to apply to adopt park ash trees. If the chosen tree is assessed as healthy and large enough to be treated, residents can pay for city-approved contractors to treat by injection. The ECA set up a general fund so people can donate any amount and all donations go toward treatment costs of park ash trees. In Jan 2015, the parks division will start cutting park ash trees more aggressively in known infested areas then move on to other east side parks. Only park ash trees applied for will be spared once removal commences in non-infested parks. If you’re interested in saving an ash tree, visit: www.eastmorland.org.

©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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Customer Endorsement- Saved My Hemlock

New New growthSix months ago I noticed that the evergreen in my backyard was covered in small white powdery spots that I later identified as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). I procrastinated with treatment until the pest progressed to where the tree’s appearance started to decline and I had little hope for its survival. I had to do something quickly.

I had heard about Arborjet, so I checked out the website and found a service provider in my area who came to evaluate and inject the tree. In the months following the treatment, the HWA is completely gone and there is a substantial amount of new growth. I’m very thankful that Arborjet treatment worked and saved my tree.

Here’s an actual photo of tree months after injection!

Evan Gross

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Fort Wayne, IN: Saving & Replanting Trees

Fort WayneAs Fort Wayne faces its 8th year of Emerald Ash Borer devastation, the Parks and Recreation has approved a new five-year plan called Shading Our City: Urban Forest Management Plan. The plan intends to provide a framework for ensuring that the trees and forests of Fort Wayne are appropriately cared for according to community goals. The plan is broken into four elements covering all aspects of managing an urban forest.

Maintenance and Protection

The maintenance and protection element establishes the framework to provide healthy and productive conditions for trees to prosper. The goals of maintenance are to provide safe and functioning public spaces that maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits of trees. Fort Wayne has been maintaining and protecting existing trees with TREE-äge® Insecticide. The trunk injections have proven to be successful with approximately 97 percent of treated trees flourishing.

Monitoring and Documentation

Another element of the plan is monitoring and documenting the urban tree canopy. Tracking and examining changes to the canopy and recording all observations will provide the data necessary to manage all aspects of the urban forest. Keeping up to date tree inventories will allow the municipality to track the success of the process.

Sustainability and Management Goals

The final elements of the plan establish sustainability and management goals that will keep the parks and urban landscapes thriving for years to come. The sustainability portion will provide fiscally and environmentally for the urban canopy, allowing the community to benefit for future generations. The second portion sets goals for street and park trees for the next several years. These include reduction of pruning cycle, increasing plantings, adoption of tree risk assessment program, and development of an invasive species management plan within the parks.

Planting

Planting trees and diversifying the tree species throughout the city is a major component of the effort. This will help replace some of the 17,000 trees lost since EAB was discovered in Indiana in 2004. Since then, the parks department has replaced about 10,000 trees.

The planting of new trees in proper locations will help to grow in the canopy making the community better for the future. The parks departments hopes to partner with businesses, neighborhoods, and community volunteers to purchase and plant a variety of new trees for parks and public spaces. Efforts such as The Great Tree Canopy Comeback event held on Saturday November 1st helped to directly fund re-planting city trees that are being lost faster than they are being replanted.

Would you like to assist the Fort Wayne community? Click here to donate a tax deductible gift of a tree.

©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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The Great Tree Canopy Comeback in Indiana

Fort WayneIn 2001, the community landscape report provided by the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana discussed the need to replace the tree canopy in several parks and public spaces. That year, the Friends of the Parks held the inaugural Great Tree Canopy Comeback event. The event literally brings new life to the tree canopies of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Holly Hunter, chair of the event spoke with Arborjet about the importance of saving and planting community trees.

Successful Partnerships

“We created a partnership with the local park systems and other organizations that have coupled with us. We take care of the fundraising for the trees and they select the variety. We all work together to determine which parks are in need of planting to determine our plan. The final stage is recruiting volunteers for planting. Over the years we have been successful in achieving the goals in the Cultural Landscape report, and have consistently responded to the need in this community after drought, storms, Emerald Ash Borer, and the natural life span of healthy trees.”

This Weekend’s Event

“This Saturday, more than 270 trees will be planted throughout Allen County. We are anticipating nearly 300 volunteers planting trees throughout the eight parks. We can always use donations and we certainly need additional volunteers for the weekend.”

Ownership in the Community

“I got involved with the program because I am passionate about the parks and trees. We have families and groups that have been participating from the start and look forward to the event every year. It’s neat to see people take ownership of their parks and remember the trees they planted in previous years. We are teaching the community the proper way to plant a tree, which can be surprisingly tricky and potentially fatal to the tree if done incorrectly.”

The Arborjet Connection

“Arborjet’s TREE-äge product saved many mature trees in our community. Due to our large ash population, the municipality was limited to injecting trees in specific areas where the town felt they were critical to the landscape. We are thrilled to be able to preserve the health of so many trees and protect them from EAB.”

Learn From Experience

“People look at the park system when they are looking to move to an area. We have a great park system that is incredibly valuable to our community and we want to continue that. I hope that other communities suffering from EAB devastation will look to us and similar municipalities with successful management plans. We encourage everyone to identify and treat valuable trees before they are compromised and in need of replacement.”

©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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Arbor Age 2014 Top Products: Arborjet’s ARBOR-mobile and QUIK-jet Air™

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Last week, Arbor Age magazine released the Arbor Age “A+” new product awards which recognizes standout products for the professional arborist market from the last year. We are pleased to share that ARBOR-mobile™ and QUIK-jet Air™ are recognized as winners and are profiled in the October issue of Arbor Age. Below are the excerpts highlighting Arborjet products.

Arbor Age magazine has been covering new and innovative products, technology and research vital to the tree care industry for 30 years. Products were judged by the editorial staff based on innovation, marketability and application within the market.

QUIK-jet Air™ Increases Productivity

The Arborjet QUIK-jet Air is an air-powered trunk injection device designed to deliver precise formulation dosing in a matter of seconds to maximize productivity and reduce labor time. The QUIK-jet Air is the latest weapon in the war against tree insects and diseases. Its innovative design combines the simplicity of the QUIK-jet® and power of the VIPER Air Hydraulic systems. The QUIK-jet Air features one-thumb switch operation, precise dose measuring and air-powered injection in a rugged aluminum body weighing less than two pounds that is ergonomically balanced for hand comfort. Designed for the tree care applicator who wants to inject multiple trees within a short time span, the QUIK-jet Air comes in its own kit bag with a shoulder strap, compressed air tank, drill bits, cleaning solution, and extra pockets for tools and related supplies.

ARBOR-mobile Changes Everything

The new ARBOR-mobile smartphone app from Arborjet offers instant access to a Solution Finder to help diagnose tree issues, an Emerald Ash Borer Cost Calculator, Tree Tag™ capability using GPS, and more. Tree care professionals can now easily access Arborjet’s knowledge base and online tools while in the field or on the road with ARBOR-mobile, a new mobile phone application available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. ARBOR-mobile helps professionals diagnose tree issues by searching on trees or pests within the database and provides information about each along with the recommended Arborjet treatments. The GPS capability built into the application will mean that soon, professionals can tag trees using GPS, add notes, keep a history, and even export them to calculate project costs.

Click here to learn more about ARBOR-mobile and QUIK-jet Air!

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Des Moines, Iowa Chooses to Save Ash Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in southeastern Michigan in 2002, and since then it has killed more than 50 million ash trees in over 20 infested states and provinces.

EAB infestations have been detected in 13 Iowa counties with the most recent occurring in Story County in August. EAB has yet to arrive in West Des Moines, but city officials are preparing for the inevitable. There are 52 million woodland ash trees and 3.1 million urban ash trees in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ website.

Learning from Chicago’s Success

Chicago is among the almost 200 cities that have been using TREE-äge to effectively protect public ash trees from EAB.

Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Streets and Sanitation announced a 93 percent survival rate for ash trees inoculated in 2011 and 2012. “The Emerald Ash Borer treatment program is a common sense investment in Chicago’s parkway trees,” said Mayor Emanuel.

Chicago Commissioner Charles Williams said “The positive success rate in EAB retreatment is encouraging, and the Department looks forward to completing the remaining inoculations of all viable ash trees this fall.”

The Old and New Plans

The city’s initial management plan called for the removal of the entire inventory of 1,100 of ash trees over about a four-year period. These ash trees were to be removed “regardless of location, current condition or benefits provided.”

The West Des Moines City Council now plans to cover the cost of TREE-äge injections for healthy adult trees that meet the criteria and are located in the public right of way. “We’re saving the ones that will be around for a while,” Councilman Rick Messerschmidt said after the meeting.

Residents Care

Tony and Connie Powers joined other Des Moines residents and signed a “tree lovers” petition. They were pleased with the new approach that should give their ash trees prolonged life.

“We have such a beautiful canopy of ash trees,” said Tony Powers. “That’s one of the significant features of our street. Can you imagine if the city were to cut down all of our ash trees? It would just leave the neighborhood with a barren look.”

Arborjet for Your City

We have a responsibility for the health of our city’s trees and urban landscapes. It’s imperative that we protect valuable public trees, reduce liability, and manage costs for future generations.

“There are still some larger communities that have not put together a plan, and there are many communities that do not have a tree expert,” said Emma Hanigan, an urban forestry coordinator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Click here if you would like to learn more about Des Moines’s decision or how to get in touch with an Arborjet professional in your area.

©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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The Importance of Properly Cleaning Your Arborjet Equipment

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Taking proper care of your Arborjet systems will help ensure them working properly for years to come. CLEAN-jet rinsing formulation removes residue to keep your Arborjet equipment systems operating smoothly. Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your cleansing.

Pre-Cleaning

Before cleaning out your equipment make sure all treatment formulation is out of bottle and lines.

Be Responsible

Treat the environment with respect. CLEAN-jet can be squirted in the soil at the base of the tree, unless specified otherwise on the pesticide product label or near ground water or waterways. Dispose of waste according to local and state regulations.

CLEAN-jet should NOT be mixed with other formulations

Rinse all CLEAN-jet out of the bottle, line, and device. Small amounts of leftover CLEAN-jet in lines is OK. CLEAN-jet should not be mixed with other formulations for long periods of time.

NOTE: If CLEAN-jet solution is stored inside the QUIK-jet® or TREE I.V. device, be sure to push all CLEAN-jet out of the system before adding treatment formulation to the bottle.

In a Pinch

Did you run out of CLEAN-jet? If necessary, we approve the use of rubbing alcohol as well.

To Clean TREE I.V.

1. Remove Bottle Top to release pressure, then add 20-30mL CLEAN-jet
2. Apply TREE I.V. Bottle Top and pressurize.
3. Open and close each Needle Valve to clean out all lines.

To Clean QUIK jet

1. Remove bottle top and addabout 30mL CLEAN-jet.
2. Apply bottle top and repeatedly press trigger.

Do you have any questions about how or when to use CLEAN-jet? We are always here to help. Need to stock up? Click here to find a distributor near you.

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Arborjet Celebrates TREE Fund’s 2014 Fundraising Success

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Arborjet is pleased to share that TREE Fund the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund recently announced setting new fundraising records for the organization. Three summer events, the STIHL Tour des Trees, the Raise Your Hand for Research auction and the Asplundh Golf Outing raised revenues over $765,000 this year. TREE Fund is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in urban forestry and arboriculture.

The STIHL Tour des Trees

In July, Arborjet was pleased to participate in the STIHL Tour des Trees fundraising ride that toured more than 600 miles across scenic Wisconsin. The Tour was TREE Fund’s major fundraiser this year bringing in over $600,000 in donations while simultaneously spreading awareness through educational events and tree dedications along the way.

Raise Your Hand for Research Auction & Asplundh Golf Outing

On August 3rd, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. hosted their annual golf outing to support TREE Fund bringing in an additional $16,000. The following evening, bidder cards were popping up at the Raise Your Hand for Research Auction. This exciting event raised over $140,000 thanks to donations and auction items such as trips across the globe, a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, a complete Arborjet injection system and a handmade canoe.

Words from the TREE Fund President

“The money we raised together will fund important arboricultural research, scholarships and educational programs. Science is the key to combatting the threats to our urban canopies posed by pests, disease and urban development while improving public and workforce safety,” said Janet Bornancin, President/CEO of TREE Fund.

Want to learn more about TREE Fund or make a donation? Interested in checking out Arborjet’s ride on the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees? Let us know what you think!

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Kentucky Zoo Fights Against EAB!

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The Louisville Zoo is also a botanical garden, where the trees are essential to help simulate the animal’s native environment. Four years ago, Emerald Ash Borer made its way into Kentucky and the destruction was soon evident. The Louisville Zoo has chosen to save its trees and fight EAB with Arborjet’s TREE-age®.

Choosing to Treat

“We’re actually treating about 42 trees in the Zoo,” said horticulture supervisor Will Nay. “We’ve already had to remove eighteen to nineteen trees. You start cutting down a whole lot of trees, you start feeling bad.”

A Pleasant Environment for the Future

The infestation in Louisville is expected to last six or seven years, which means repeat treatments to save the park’s valuable trees. Once EAB has devastated the area and moved on, these mature trees will continue to provide shade and a pleasant environment to the park’s residents and visitors.

Check out the video and let us know if you have any questions about treating 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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