We wanted to share some photos of before and after treatment. We think you’ll agree they’re pretty remarkable. In the first two photos you see an absolutely enormous Ash tree. This tree is probably 200 years old, or older, with a trunk diameter just short of five feet across. It hangs over and shades the entire back of our customer’s house and stretches out over the back yard. The tree is spectacular and adds tremendous value to the property.
In 2013, we were contacted by the owner of this tree, concerned about its obviously weakened condition from the Emerald Ash Borer, as shown in the first photo. You can see by looking at the trees in the background of the first photo, that this tree should have been fully foliated when this photo was taken, as those other trees were.
We gave this potential client a 30% chance, maybe less, of saving this tree but this tree owner said if there is any chance at all, he wanted to try.
After 4 years of treatment, you can see how it looks today in the second photo.
Needless to say our client, and we, are thrilled over the result.
To date, we have saved over 94% of the Ash trees that we have set out to save. The only exceptions are trees where treatment was started later than would have been optimal or where there are horrible soil conditions such as too much clay or too wet of an area. These other stress factors, coupled with the constant onslaught that these trees are under from the Ash Borer, were just too much for those trees to overcome.
In the second set of photos is a Magnolia tree. The first photo shows the tree in a very weakened, yellowing state. Yellow leaves occur when a tree is lacking necessary nutrients to keep its leaves green. This yellowing can be caused by insects sucking the nutrients out of the tree and/or poor soil conditions. Yellowing leaves are an indication that the tree only has a few years left to live if left ‘untreated’.
In the case of this tree both Magnolia Scale insects, as well as a small plot of soil in which to grow (sandwiched between the house foundation and a driveway), were the cause of its trouble back in 2011. In the second photo you can see the tree today, after six years of treatment. It is obviously thriving and its natural green color is back – thanks to a tremendous reduction in the scale insect problem and proper Root Fertilization.
Now, of the hundreds of Magnolia trees that we treat, we have a few trees in certain neighborhoods that are not responding as well to our treatments against the Magnolia Scale which is plaguing these trees all over our area. Scale insects, whether it is Magnolia, Lecanium, Cottony Maple or Euonymus Scale, are difficult to control. It often takes a few years to get the problem under satisfactory control. Why is this? Because Scale insects are masters at developing resistance to pesticides. The problem is that we don’t know which products they have learned to resist until we see the result the following year. Once we see that resistance might be an issue, we have to switch to different products to get control. Going forward, starting with treatments this coming Fall for this problem, we plan on rotating pesticides much more frequently.