Protecting your trees from diseases and pests should be a priority if you wish to maintain an attractive yard. The truth is, trees in urban areas are especially prone to damage from insects and diseases spread by various pathogens. The most effective way to combat this is with tree injection method.
Tree injection is a treatment whereby chemicals or nutrients are injected directly into a tree either to prevent insect infestation and disease control or to help the tree recover from such. After being treated, trees generally develop stronger cells, heartier roots, and a greater resistance.
Two common tree afflictions in the Fort Wayne area are Dutch Elm Disease and invasion by Emerald Ash Borers.
Dutch Elm Disease is actually a fungus that blocks the vascular (water transferring) system of a tree. With water and nutrients unable to circulate, infected trees tend to die rapidly, often in just a few weeks. That’s why it’s important to counter the problem early and act as soon as you see signs of the disease in your trees.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a metallic-colored beetle that came to the United States from Asia. It’s quite a small beetle – less than 20 millimeters long and only 3 millimeters in width. Despite it’s small size, though, this bug causes a lot of damage. It attacks ash trees – feeding off of them and laying eggs in their branches. After the eggs hatch and the larvae are born, they live underneath the bark of the tree and feed off it as they grow. Once the larvae become adults, they leave the tree by boring D-shaped holes in the bark. These pests not only steal nutrients from your trees, but they also leave them looking broken and decayed once they’re finished with them. Should Emerald Ash Borers be reported even as far as 30 miles away from your home, you need to treat as soon as you can in order to prevent them from getting to your yard. Treating in the springtime stops these beetles from laying eggs in the trees, and treating in the summertime kills any larvae growing underneath the bark.
Tree injection allows chemicals to be injected directly into the tree trunk and distributed throughout the tree naturally. This is not only more environmentally friendly than other methods of pest and disease control, but it’s also much more efficient – an all-around better choice. Contact Signature Lawn & Tree Services today at 260-432-8900