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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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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 6, Sturgeon Bay to Port Washington

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Today’s Itinerary: 119 miles

9:15 a.m. Rest stop / tree dedication at Harbor Park, Kewaunee

11:00 a.m. Professor Pricklethorn education event/ tree dedication at the Manitowoc Public Library

11:45 a.m. Lunch / tree dedication at Silver Creek Park

2:15 p.m. Rest stop at Lake View Park

6:30 p.m. Reception / Finale Dinner at Veterans Park, Port Washington

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Today’s Update:

 

The Longest Ride

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The ride from Sturgeon Bay to Port Washington was the longest ride of the week at 120 miles. We enjoyed the scenery of rural landscapes of pastures of baled hay and wheat. We enjoyed a route close to beautiful Lake Michigan, where a breeze of the lake helped to keep us cool.

 

After the Storm

Later in the day, when the majority of the riders were in, a strong thunderstorm with hail passed through and pummeled those still riding. The storm quickly ended and the sun returned as the Best of the Tour awards ceremony and group dinner at Veterans Park in Port Washington began.

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Arborjet Rides the Tour Des Trees: Day 5, Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay

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Today’s Itinerary: 57 miles

8:00 a.m. Planting and dedication of the NYC 9/11 Survivor Tree at the Green Bay 9/11 Memorial

10:00 a.m. Rest stop at the Brussels Countryside Diner

11:45 a.m. Lunch at George K. Pinney Park

1:00 p.m. Arrive at Best Western Sturgeon Bay

6:00 p.m. Pig Roast / Polka Party at the Quietwoods South Campground Pavilion

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Today’s Update:

Ideal Conditions

Beautiful conditions for riding Thursday with dry, mild heat and light winds along the shores of Green Bay. We passed through many miles of corn, soybeans, and wheat. We enjoyed the peaceful ride through the rolling country and a lunch stop in Sturgeon Bay.

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Arborjet riders from left to right: Lil Gorden, Rob Gorden, and Jeff Palmer

 

Kraak Day

 

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The day was officially pronounced Kraak day… as in Thom Kraak. Thom is a devoted tour support volunteer and entrepreneur who donated generously to tour riders today and throughout the week. Thom graciously hosted us for refreshments at his home on the route and organized a tremendous polka party with great food and camaraderie. We all truly appreciate the work Thom does for Tree Fund!

Jeffs Abound

 

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As a matter of interest, we have discovered that Jeff is a relatively common name and that odds are good that if you call a guy on this ride Jeff, he will turn around. At the polka picnic were able to assemble all of the Jeffs for a photo.

Tomorrow’s Challenge

We covered almost 60 miles today. Tomorrow we turn it around and head down the shores of Lake Michigan for the longest ride of the tour at 120 miles. Looking forward to the challenge!

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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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