Genesee Tree Service Ready With Protection From Emerald Ash Borer In Western NY

Genesee Tree Service of Rochester is prepared for the current threat by Emerald Ash Borer to Western NY counties. After study of what actions worked best against early infestations, GTS has equipped and trained for protective tree injections. Their tree experts praise insecticide injections as effective and environmentally conscious options for property owners with valuable trees.

A Rochester area tree care company has proven protection for an invasive insect now threatening ash trees in Western NY state. New York residents are concerned as state authorities confirmed Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) detection in 7 counties, some south of Rochester and Buffalo. The insect has devastated ash trees in midwestern states since 2002. Although its eventual spread to New York state was long anticipated, multiple confirmed sightings during 2010 have raised fears of removing threatened or damaged trees in the years ahead.

South of Rochester, arborists at Genesee Tree Service (GTS) have monitored progress of the pest and the steps taken to protect against its damage in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Reviewing results of scientific trials of insecticide use against EAB, they noted the significant protection provided by treatments with insecticides. As documented in Ohio State University studies and Michigan State University field trials, threatened ash trees were protected from damage by insecticides applied by spraying, drenching the root zone, or through trunk injection. Based on their research before EAB detection near Rochester, Genesee Tree was already preparing to offer protection by trunk injection.

Landowners hope to guard some valuable specimen ash trees rather than face their loss and the expense of removing them. A tree treated with injections before attack by the beetle holds insecticide in its tissues to kill larvae feeding under the trunk or beetles eating the leaves. An unprotected tree would have its circulatory system damaged as larvae chew paths while tunneling under the bark. Infested ashes typically die after a few years of beetle activity, and must be removed or pose a hazard. Insecticide application before borer attack is an option to risking tree damage and loss.

Certified arborist Gary Raffel from GTS says, "Ideally, we'd like to protect a tree today and not remove it after it's damaged. With what was learned from efforts in the first states involved, we're prepared to protect against the insect now advancing on Rochester." Raffel points out that the protection is meant for landowners' valuable or specimen trees, those prized due to size, placement or other intrinsic value. GTS arborists would consult with tree owners to determine the condition of candidate trees and ensure they are healthy and suitable for treatment.

Genesee Tree Service reviewed several tested methods of delivering the insecticide to the ash tree. Trunk injections provide a more specific delivery than spraying the tree branches or pouring chemicals into the root zone. Injections do not leave pesticides in the soil, nor endanger beneficial insects possibly killed by tree spraying. "We're a tree care company with environmental sensitivity to proper pesticide use. The superior application method and proven effectiveness of injections against EAB agree with our goals and client expectations." says Raffel.

GTS employs approved insecticides such as Tree-Age (TM) emamectin benzoate or Pointer (TM) imidacloprid, which are injected into the trunk at the base of the tree. Injection quantities and treatment pricing vary by the size of the tree, and can protect the ash for two years. Genesee Tree Service is well qualified to deal with EAB issues, staffed with ISA certified arborists able to assess ash tree health, and a certified pesticide applicator to perform the trunk injections. Property owners contacting GTS would receive a consulting visit from a certified arborist to examine the ash tree(s) and discuss options with the landowner. Interested parties should contact Genesee Tree Systems at (585) 385-4060 or view the web page at www.SaveNYashTrees.com

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Contact Details

Company Name: Genesee Tree Service
Issued By: Gary Raffel
Phone: (585) 385-4060
Address: 554 Bills Rd Macedon NY
Zip: 14502
Website: Visit the website

by Gary Raffel (few years ago!)

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