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.”
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