Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Emerald Ash Borer Infestations And Treatments

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Ash trees are prevalent in North America. This tree species is susceptible to emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations. The EAB is a beetle that feeds off the wood that comprises a tree's vascular system. A mature EAB will consume the leaves of a tree and contribute to its decline.

Identification Tips

The emerald ash borer is a small beetle that has a shiny green hue. Young beetles lay eggs along the trunk of an ash tree. When the eggs hatch, the larvae burrow below the bark of a tree. Larvae will crawl up a tree's trunk and chew the wood. A serpentine pattern will appear on the wood. The damage to the wood may compromise the function of an ash tree's vascular system.

Once mature larvae are ready to exit the trunk, they will create an exit hole in the bark. Identifying a possible infestation involves observing a series of beetles or larvae or determining that EAB damage has occurred. Damage will include taking note of serpentine patterns underneath the bark of an ash tree, witnessing chewed leaves, and determining that the crown of a tree is in poor health. A severe EAB infestation may result in dead or dying branches, wilted leaves, and widespread damage to the trunk of a tree.

Treatment Steps

Ash trees are an important part of the planet's ecosystem and are used in many applications. Firewood, furniture, and tools are often constructed of ash wood. Treating a tree for an EAB infestation involves injecting a pesticide or soaking the ground that surrounds an ash tree. Treatment should be performed by an arborist or another type of tree specialist. With proper treatment, an ash tree can be salvaged.

A tree will be inspected first. If a tree is relatively young and the damage that has occurred to it is not severe, an arborist or tree specialist may recommend that a liquid pesticide be injected into a tree trunk or sprayed on the soil that surrounds the affected tree. With either treatment process, a chemical mixture will be administered.

If firewood that has been attained from cutting ash logs is on a piece of property where an infestation is present, it should not be removed from its present location. Firewood is susceptible to an EAB infestation. Moving wood could result in spreading an infestation. Firewood can be treated for beetles with pesticides prior to using or selling the wood. To learn more about emerald ash borer treatment, contact a tree service.