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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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Taking Root Scholarship Awarded

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Arborjet recently awarded ten of last year’s graduating high school seniors $1,000 each in the inaugural “Taking Root” Scholarship. To be eligible each student must be pursuing full-time collegiate studies in a forestry course of study or related major during the 2014-15 academic year.

Arborjet is committed to giving promising high school seniors the financial support they need to work toward a career in the tree care industry. The future is looking brighter with an upcoming generation of entrepreneurs, researchers, and activists such as these.

Entrepreneurs

Rebecca Vlack (SUNY College of Agriculture & Technology) and Brinna Voelker (Southeast Missouri State University) share the same dreams of a career in botanical gardening or ownership in a greenhouse.

Spreading Sustainable Practices

Jesse Chung (Bowdoin College), Maggie Wartman (University of Maryland) and Valeria Stutz (University of Chicago) plan to conduct research into the detrimental human impact on the environment and spread sustainable practices.

A Future in Research

Mallory Mintz (Carleton College) and Sara Snyder (Duke University) hope to continue their studies, eventually earning doctorates and pursuing research into solutions to ecological issues to ensure a better future for our world.

Working for the Environment

William Atkinson (Princeton University) and Margaret Borders (The Ohio State University) hope to research ways to counter the damage from climate change so that future generations may enjoy nature’s gifts.

Reforesting and Conservation

Savannah Haines (University of Maine) sees her future “specializing in reforesting and conservation. I plan to volunteer every chance I get and do my very best to leave a green footprint everywhere I go.”

Arborjet congratulates these students and all who seek to preserve our natural and urban forests.

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Provider Spotlight: HT Tree, Nashville, TN

HTTreeYou won’t talk to anyone that cares more about saving trees than Hal Tuck and he is ready to lead the fight against Emerald Ash Borer in Nashville. Hal is one of middle Tennessee’s top tree health care specialists. He spoke to Arborjet about the Emerald Ash Borer situation that his area is facing.

EAB Research

I have been studying EAB for a few years now. I traveled to Ohio to witness the devastation firsthand. I met with Entomologists to discuss the Michigan and Ohio treatment plans in order to proactively treat this devastating pest as it invades my area.

Saving the Historic Canopy

Tennessee’s estimated ash tree value is over four billion dollars. Ash trees provide much of our oldest canopy coverage for our classic antebellum homes and wooded developments. I am trying to get everyone in my community involved in an EAB prevention program. I plan on training two new arborists every year just to keep up with the need. I have considered training my competitors on the Arborjet systems so we can properly cover the community. We all need to work on this together and I want to be sure it’s done right. My company is prepared, armed and ready for this impending doom.

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The Value of Trees

As consulting arborists we are required to place values on trees. We examine the face value as timber or removal costs versus saving the tree. One of the most important factors is the esthetic value of the tree. With this in mind, a loss of a particular tree can absolutely affect a home’s appraisal price. Saving your tree is always the smart decision to make.

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Back to School with the Let’s Root for the Trees Contest Winner

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Last fall, Jeffrey Arbuckle, an educator at the Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, Colorado submitted an essay by his student Quinn O’Neill that won Arborjet’s Let’s Root For the Trees essay contest. Now that the students are back to school, we had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Arbuckle and Miss O’Neill about school, the environment and the LRFTT contest.

Teaching Sustainability and Environmentalism

“I have a unit where I focus on globalization and teaching the kids to think of our impact on the world, but I try to focus on sustainability and environmentalism throughout the year. We talk about how everyone can make a difference by recycling, using less plastic, volunteering, and planting trees. In Boulder, we have a lot of green space for trees to grow and we are fortunate that so many kids here are conscious of that. We try to teach respect for nature and encourage students to work together to help preserve the environment.

“We educate the students through Manhattan Middle School  classes and through EcoArts as well,” Arbuckle said. EcoArts events bring together people from all walks of life to investigate the realities of climate change and celebrate the delights of a sustainable future.

Artist and Conscientious Student

He continued, “Quinn came to my sixth grade class last year as a conscientious student and artist. We try to integrate art into the curriculum here as much as possible. We do a lot of non-fiction writing, summaries, and biographies, so I was delighted to read her creative piece about The Harp Tree. She has been a cool student. I wish I had her this year but she is a 7th grader now.”

New iPad for the Classroom

As the leader of the winning class, Arbuckle will receive an iPad to use in his classroom, as will O’Neill. “There are quite a few ways we plan on using the new iPad in the classroom. I try to get special need students in touch with better technology, and the iPad will make note taking easier for students that have difficulty with writing skills. Additionally, this year we are focusing more on document based questions where the students are challenged by document analysis,” he explained.

Back to School in the Rocky Mountains

Quinn O’Neill let us know that it’s good being back to school but all the homework isn’t so great. “I was pretty excited to find out I won the essay contest. I really do feel like the pine woods are a magical place and that it isn’t really part of this world. I love that we live in the Rocky Mountains, and not the city. There’s no big stores like Walmart or Target or anything like that here and that’s how I like it.”

Quinn O’Neill’s winning essay: The Harp Tree

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It’s a crisp, spring afternoon in the Rocky Mountains. I’m just stepping out the door, taking a breath of fresh air. My dog, Rosie, is yipping at the gate, eager to hit the trails. My family and I have lived in this small mountain town by the name of Nederland, ever since I was three and a half. Since then we’ve turned our simple house into a home. We’ve erected a tree house, put up a fence, and my dad has even built a half pipe for my brother. And, we’ve memorized all the trails that crisscross the pine woods not more than a short trot from our house.

I’ve known the trails for as long as I can remember. My family and I have even created our own names for certain trails and landmarks. There’s the Star Wars trail, the water tower loop, a twisted old stump we call the snake head, the meadow of death (long story), and of course, the Harp Tree

To me, the Harp Tree has always aspired a sense of wonder. It makes me feel like the pine woods are a strange and different world, one untouched by human civilization, as if preserved by the sweeping needles of each tree. I thought of the name, “Harp Tree,” after I noticed the tree’s strange shape. Every time I walk by, I can just imagine some sort of woodland spirit, sitting among its boughs, playing its branches like the strings of a harp. I can hear the Harp Tree’s beautiful music resounding through the forest. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always loved the sound of stringed instruments, or perhaps it’s simply because I’m fascinated by its shape. Either way, the Harp Tree has always been special to me.

I know there is a scientific reason for the Harp Tree’s odd shape, I just like to imagine that more mysterious forces were at work. The wind is fearsome up here, with recorded speeds over 100 miles per hour. Many trees have been twisted and gnarled by the mighty gusts, growing into the most peculiar shapes over time. The Harp Tree could have also been injured, as trees will often grow two main branches if one of these branches is some how broken off, the remaining branch will grow bigger and thicker. It could have also got a disease, causing it to grow as it did. Whatever happened, the Harp Tree has grown a unique personality.

I pull my hood up over my ears as I lope down the trail, the breeze nipping at my face. I glance upwards and smile, the Harp Tree stands above me, its needles rustling in the wind. My dog comes to a stop ahead of me. I clamber up the lower branches of my beloved tree until I reach the comfortable nook between curving boughs. I know the Harp Tree won’t be here forever, but with any luck it will be here a lot longer than me, guarding over the pine woods.

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Arborjet Launches ARBOR-mobile™

iphoneArborjet launched the ARBOR-mobile™ application at the ISA show in Milwaukee earlier this month. ARBOR-mobile™ is an instant access problem solver that features a variety of tools and information to support your tree care needs.

Finding Solutions

Eric Bristol, Director of Marketing at Arborjet reported an excellent response to the application’s unveiling. “Everyone that came by the booth was excited to check out the Solutions Finder, which is one of the coolest features on ARBOR-mobile.” This tool allows you to diagnose tree issues by searching on trees or pests and provides information about each. You will also find the recommended Arborjet treatment for each pest.

“We were excited to take the Arborjet Pocket Guide, which is already a great resource, and put it in your hands in the field as a mobile app.”

Focused on Customer Service

Bristol continued, “The other feature that I really think is valuable is the Contact Us page. Simply enter your location and you will quickly find product distributors and the closest regional technical manager. We were really focused on customer service when we developed these apps. So if you have a quick question about a tree problem, pest or disease in your region, you can open the app to find out who your local or regional manager is. From there you can shoot them an email, call them at the office or directly on their cell phone.”

Helpful Features

Some other features of interest include the Emerald Ash Borer Project Calculator which assists in determining treatment costs for EAB projects large and small. You can easily find all Arborjet product info, labels, MSDS, and state registration listings on Labels & Registrations. The Help Menu answers frequently asked questions about Equipment, Formulations, Arborplugs, and General Injections. Got a free minute? Browse through the Marketing Materials Arborjet created to help you grow your business.

Even more to come!

“We are looking forward to continually adding new features.” One exciting feature coming soon is Tree Tag. You will be able to use this tool to tag trees using GPS, add notes, keep a history, and even export them to calculate project costs,” Bristol concluded.

“I recommend downloading ARBOR-mobile! It is available on the iPhone in the App Store and for Android through Google Play. Download it, check it out and let us know what you think!”

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Provider Endorsement: HT Tree, Nashville, TN

HTTreeHal Tuck, the owner of HT Tree, is an arborist and a certified plant care practitioner in the Nashville, TN market. He has been using the Arborjet QUIK-jet® system for the last twelve months and in that time, it has doubled his revenue as a tree care practitioner.

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Research Leads to Arborjet

“One of the primary challenges that brought me to Arborjet is our regional problem with Iron Chlorosis in our oak trees due to the abnormally high pH in the soil. I researched trunk injection systems and compared efficiency, the ease of use and reliability. The results determined that Arborjet was the clear choice for our injection system.”

Treatment Success

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“We started using MIN-jet Iron and within months, every tree that we had injected revealed a total resolution of the problem. We were pleased to find full canopy coverage in the foliage, and even some branches with living tissue damage made a complete recovery.

“Oaks are weakened by Iron Chlorosis which makes them more susceptible to other pathogens. We started treating trees diagnosed with Leaf Scorch and witnessed more positive results. Treatment has been diverse with DBH as small as a 4” caliper tree and up to a large 58” elm tree that we saved from Dutch Elm Disease.”

Stellar Product Support

“We experienced an issue where a product was several years past expiration, had crystallized and consequentially jammed my QUIK-jet gun. I called Arborjet and two days later I had a brand new gun in my hands and we were back in service. Arborjet apologized, took my gun back and repaired the damage. In my 26 years of business, I have not come across a more honorable and responsible manufacturer that stands behind their products like Arborjet.”

Adding QUIK-Jet Air™ to the Arborjet Arsenal

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“The Arborjet system is so effective that it increases productivity which allows me to keep my costs low. Now that the QUIK-jet Air™ is available, we can streamline our operation to make it even more affordable for the general public. Arborjet’s QUIK-jet, QUIK-jet Air and TREE I.V. injection systems are essential tools you must have in the arsenal. Without these tools, you are going to have a hard time keeping up with EAB. I know that with Arborjet technology and chemistries, my company will be ready.”

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Drought and Excessive Heat Threaten Your Trees & Increase Damage Risk from Serious Pests

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Much of the West is experiencing severe to exceptional drought exacerbated by extreme heat. These conditions cause enormous stress on even drought-tolerant trees. Drought-weakened trees risk increased attack by insects and diseases.

If you’ve scheduled an Arborjet Injection treatment to protect your customers’ trees, your help is essential as we optimize treatment timing and protocol to work around these ongoing weather extremes. Please see guidance below.

We suggest that your clients protect high-value trees with at least one deep watering weekly during these challenging weather conditions. It is important to follow local watering restrictions, but evapotranspiration averages 1.5” weekly, so slow, deep irrigation is preferred over frequent light watering.

Guide clients to “pre-water” trees that are to be injected, and to irrigate again after treatment. This assures effective movement of the treatment within the tree, and reduces risk of adverse reaction to treatment made during extreme weather conditions. Avoid trees with significant leaf drop, as these trees are showing significant reaction to the drought by reducing leaf surface area.

We advise that when high temperatures are expected, you alternatives might include treating in the early morning before temperatures reach the 90’s, delaying treatments where possible as indicated on the label, and requiring that your clients irrigate before you treat their trees.

Where allowed by label, consider using lower effective treatment rates coupled with the early morning treatments and irrigation as discussed above. Now would be an excellent time to look for irrigation heads and sprays which need adjustment, for watering cycles which need to be extended, or to make time of day changes to comply with restrictions. Many systems are set up for 20 minute zones, and in extreme drought, this is ineffective when irrigating trees.

If you have any questions, please call me to discuss how best to protect your clients’ trees from serious insect and disease pests while we work through this exceptional drought. While we can’t manage the weather, together we can better protect your clients’ highly valuable trees.

Thank you,

Dawn Fluharty
Western States Regional Technical Manager
Arborjet, Inc.
dfluharty@arborjet.com
650.996.8291

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Tree Testimony with Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation

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Expert Testimony

Chris and Dave Ahlum represent two out of twelve board certified Master Arborists that offer expert witness testimony and consulting for litigation purposes in the state of Ohio. They hold the highest credentials in the industry: BCMA (Board Certified Master Arborist) and ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists). Additionally, as a matter of interest, Chris is the youngest arborist to receive both of these credentials and is on board of the Society of Commercial Arboriculture and the ISA Certification Board. Arborjet asked Chris to share about this interesting facet of their business, Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation.

The Usual Cases

“We regularly consult on cases where a developer trespasses and cuts down more than an acre. Often situations arise where a neighbor trespasses and cuts a tree down, then we consult on the value of the tree. Additionally, we receive calls from insurance companies to determine the cause of failure if a tree falls on a house.

“We were recently involved in a case where a tree fell from the woods across a two lane street, and sadly hit a car, severely injuring the driver. We were hired to determine if the tree was a hazard and if the owner should have been taking care of the tree.”

Traveling Testimony

“We are involved in 2-4 cases a month. My father stays in our local area but I am willing to travel out of state if the distance is reasonable. I have a case right now in West Virginia and I was recently involved in a case in Michigan.”

Arboriculture as a Lucrative Career Choice

“Often a career as an arborist is seen as a choice for teens that can’t make it academically. I try to inspire young adults so they see that you can make a career treating or climbing trees, or you can take the next step and make a very lucrative living consulting.”

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Oak Wilt Invades San Antonio, TX

 

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Oak Wilt is a fungal disease that attacks the vascular tissue of the tree, which can be fatal if left untreated. It has been in the United States for decades and has slowly made its way into the urban centers of San Antonio. There is no total prevention or cure for this disease, as it can be spread primarily through open wounds on the tree or more prevalently through root grafts.

 

Susceptible Oaks

Once the tree has been infected, the vascular system is no longer fully capable of supplying the needed water and nutrients for survival. A live oak can live for years in various states of health, a red oak tree generally succumbs to the disease within a few weeks. Generally, oaks in the white oak family such as burr oak and chinquapin oak are not susceptible to the disease.

 

The Disease Progresses

In San Antonio, there are numerous “pockets” of Oak Wilt, and many of the communities within the city are very proactive in their approach to the spread of the disease. Currently, the most devastated areas from Oak Wilt are within the Hill Country of Texas; however, more areas within the city of San Antonio continue to develop. Oak Wilt can also be brought into a community through infected firewood or tree pruning equipment. It generally travels approximately 100 feet per year through root grafts and may be accelerated during rainy periods. Trenching around the infected areas is often used to stop or slow the spread of the disease in conjunction with tree injections.

 

Treat Oak Wilt with Tree InjectionsAlamo

When treating for Oak Wilt with tree injections, it is often more cost-effective to treat the tree than incur the cost of removal. Oak Wilt will remain an issue in the city of San Antonio and its surroundings for years to come. Having an arsenal of tools to treat this disease will be beneficial for individual property owners and the community as a whole.

Trees with Oak Wilt can be treated with Alamo® Fungicide.

 

 

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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 7, Port Washington to Milwaukee

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Today’s Itinerary: 41 miles

9:30 a.m. Rest stop / Tree dedication at Fox Point

9:30 a.m. Professor Elwood Pricklethorn at WI State Fair

12:00 p.m. Arrive at Mount Mary University

12:30 p.m. Closing ceremonies / tree dedication

1:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30 p.m. Cycle to Hyatt Regency Milwaukee to break down bikes and prepare for departure

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Today’s Update:

Starting off Strong

The final day’s decreased mileage (41 miles) was a welcome reprieve for the sore and tired participants. We rode out early morning and immediately faced a challenging climb up several hundred feet. Following the climb we found the roads to be leveled nicely and we made great time.

Fox Point

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At the 20 mile point, the group stopped in the beautiful town of Fox Point, where we dedicated a tree.

The State Fair

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The Wisconsin State Fair is a popular event that attracts almost a million visitors annually. This year, CBS TV News affiliate WDJT TV 58 covered Jeff Palmer’s stop at the state fair, along with Dick Rideout, WI DNR Forester. The story focused on the need to protect ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer, which currently has 20 southern Wisconsin counties under quarantine.

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Arborjet is donating ten years of TREE-äge® treatments to the DNR for trees on the State Fair grounds. The DNR hopes fairgoers will learn how they can save trees of their own. “Your tree is part of the urban forest, part of the community’s forest and you play a part in protecting the benefits that’s provided to the whole community,” Rideout said.

Tour des Trees raises $500,000 for The Tree Fund

IMG_20140802_124557742(1)We rode the final 20 miles to Mount Mary University as a group of near 100, arriving amidst cheers and a police escort. The Tree Fund accepted a check on behalf of all Tour participants for over $500,000!

Later that day, after warm showers were taken and fresh clothes donned, we broke bread with our Tour support team along the river in Milwaukee. We laughed and reminisced about our many moments across the miles. At the end of the day, most of us prepared for our next adventure, the ISA Convention starting on Sunday.

 
©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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