All About The Emerald Ash Borer

All About The Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer, also known as EAB, is a beetle native to north-eastern Asia. This particular beetle feeds on ash trees. In its native region, it does not cause significant damage to trees. Since these trees have evolved with this beetle, they have developed genes that resist the beetle’s attack. However, in North America, it is an invasive species that has caused significant destruction to tens of millions of ash trees that don’t carry this gene to protect against attacks. Experts don’t know how they got to North America, but many suspect the beetle hitched a ride in ash wood used to stabilize shipment cargo. 

An emerald ash borer female lays her eggs in between layers of bark and crevices in the ash tree’s trunk and branches. These eggs are laid from June throughout the summer months. After this, the eggs hatch, and the larvae feed under the bark. Unfortunately, this feeding results in disruption of the tree’s ability to transport nutrients. 

The canopy of an infected ash tree will first begin to look thin and become yellow. Within a year, half of the tree’s branches will start to die. You may also notice splitting bark, tunneling under the bark, and D-shaped exit holes. Moreover, a tree will produce suckers at the trunk, a tree’s attempt to grow more branches. Usually, after two years of infestation, the tree will die. 

It is crucial to detect pest infestations before they reach damaging levels, especially in highly invasive species like the emerald ash borer. If you suspect an emerald ash borer infestation or any pest infestation, contact Connecticut Arborist Services, a division of Eric’s Tree Service. We are certified experts able to identify and remediate the bad guys out to damage your trees.

Benefits Of Deep Root Fertilization 

Benefits Of Deep Root Fertilization 

Deep root fertilization is a method in which liquid fertilizer is injected straight into the tree’s roots. This fertilization method is the quickest way to get nutrients to the tree. Here are a few benefits that it provides: 

A lusher canopy & blooms

Trees need an abundance of nutrients to produce the most beautiful springtime blooms and lush summer canopies. Our backyard trees can lack vital nutrients because we remove the leaves, grass, and organic matter that fertilize our trees. Additionally, trees in our yards do not thrive as well as they would in natural, wooded landscapes due to restricted rooting areas from walkways, driveways, and foundations. Luckily, deep root fertilization transports these essential nutrients right to the roots of the trees. You’ll notice more aesthetically pleasing trees in no time!

Improving trees resistance to pests and disease

Healthy trees are better able to stave off disease and pests. Additionally, a healthy tree is much more adept at holding its ground during severe weather. Moreover, deep root fertilization is a critical practice to keep them healthy. Deep root fertilization is essential because surface fertilization is dependent on rainfall transporting the nutrients underground to the roots of the tree. This takes much more time and will often not work on sloped land due to rain runoff.

Reduces soil compaction

Lawnmowers and foot traffic can significantly compact the soil around trees in your yard. This compacted soil can prevent the tree roots from getting the nutrients it needs to thrive. However, Deep root fertilization reduces soil compaction by aeration. This better allows for nutrients, air, and water to flow to trees’ roots for optimal growth.

The most effective time to fertilize your trees is in the spring and fall. Most trees will need fertilization at least once a year. Give your trees the nutrients they need for health and vitality, and contact Eric’s Tree Service to get your free estimate today! 

5 Arborist Services To Consider This Spring

5 Arborist Services To Consider This Spring

A certified Arborist has achieved a level of knowledge in the realm of tree care through education, experience, and certification. Their skills range from tree trimming to disease management and more. Here are some services you can expect a professional arborist to provide:

Pruning

Pruning is the practice of removing dead branches from a tree to maintain its health and vigor. Above all, this practice helps to sustain proper structural development in young trees and reduces density in mature trees. Reducing a tree’s density provides a reduction in wind resistance and thus prevents storm damage. Therefore, arborists should prune trees regularly for optimal wellness.

Deep Root Fertilization

Deep root fertilization is a liquid fertilizer injected into the soil; it is the quickest way to get nutrients to the tree. Interestingly, deep root fertilization helps tree vitality by improving resistance to disease, insects, and stressful weather. Additionally, applying a high-quality and slow-release fertilizer is a great way to return natural nutrients into the soil. This is especially true in urban where organic matter does not enrich the soil.

Tree Inventory & Analysis

Like a doctor’s checkup, tree inventories inspect trees to uncover and diagnose issues before they cause significant damage. Tree inspections include a series of visual, audible, and scent inspections, which determine the health, vitality, and vigor of trees. With this information, an arborist can make helpful recommendations regarding the treatment needed. Importantly, having a certified CT arborist conduct a thorough inventory and analysis will determine whether your trees are a continued asset to your home’s property.

Soil amendments

The pH value of soil affects how well a tree will grow and how healthy it will be. The optimal pH level is dependent upon the species of tree. In addition to this, compacted soil may need to be addressed. Compacted soil reduces the availability and intake of oxygen and water. Furthermore, this increases drought stress in the summer as temperatures rise. Air spade and verti-mulching allow trained arborists to fracture the soils without harming the root system.

Insect and Disease Management

Arborists recognize and identify beneficial insects versus pest populations. It is crucial to detect pest infestations before they reach damaging levels, especially in highly invasive species like the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer. Tree disease is also usually a simple diagnosis for an expert arborist. Preventive care is the best method to prevent tree disease because healthy trees will defend themselves against many diseases.

At Eric’s Tree Service, LLC, our team of experts offers various arborist services to help our residential customers maintain beautiful and healthy trees. Our knowledgeable arborists are experts in diagnosing and treating problems to protect your plants and trees for years to come. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.