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- Why Hire A Certified Arborist?
- Why Is Topping Bad?
- Dutch Elm Disease (DED)?
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?
Why Hire A Certified Arborist?
It is best to hire a professional certified arborist. Certified Arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Healthy trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. An arborist can determine the type of pruning that is necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed. Arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance.
When selecting an arborist, membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information.
Source: International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Why Is Topping Bad?
Knowledgeable arborists know that topping is harmful to trees and is not an accepted practice. Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. The most common reason given for topping is to reduce the size of a tree. Home owners often feel that their trees have become too large for their property. People fear that tall trees may pose a hazard. Topping, however, is not a viable method of height reduction and certainly does not reduce the hazard. In fact, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term. Topping often removes 50 to 100 percent of the leaf-bearing crown of a tree. Because leaves are the food factories of a tree, removing them can temporarily starve a tree. The severity of the pruning triggers a sort of survival mechanism. The tree activates latent buds, forcing the rapid growth of multiple shoots below each cut. The new shoots grow quickly, as much as 20 feet in one year, in some species. Unfortunately, the shoots are prone to breaking, especially during windy conditions. The irony is that while the goal was to reduce the tree’s height to make it safer, it has been made more hazardous than before.
A stressed tree is more vulnerable to insect and disease infestations. Cuts made along a limb between lateral branches create stubs with wounds that the tree may not be able to close. The exposed wood tissues begin to decay. Topping destroys the natural form of a tree. Without leaves (up to 6 months of the year in temperate climates), a topped tree appears disfigured and mutilated. With leaves, it is a dense ball of foliage, lacking its simple grace. A tree that has been topped can never fully regain its natural form.
If the tree survives, it will require pruning again within a few years. It will either need to be reduced again or storm damage will have to be cleaned up. If the tree dies, it will have to be removed.
Source: International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Dutch Elm Disease (DED)?
Dutch Elm Disease has devastated the population of American Elm trees in our communities since its emergence. It is caused by a fungus which is spread by the Elm Bark Beetle. The adult beetles are attracted to stressed, dying or dead elm wood to complete the breeding stage of their life cycle. The adult beetles tunnel into the bark and lay their eggs in galleries in the inner bark. The eggs hatch and the larvae feed in the inner bark and sapwood. The larvae mature into adults and emerge from the elm wood. If the Dutch Elm Disease fungus was present in the wood that the beetles infested, adult beetles can spread the disease to healthy trees and introduce the fungus into or near severed wood vessels as they feed. The pruning of American Elm trees should be performed during winter months, while trees are dormant to reduce susceptibility to the disease. The most obvious symptom of Dutch Elm Disease is unseasonable wilting, yellowing and browning of the leaves of an American Elm Tree. If you notice symptoms of the disease, we can provide testing to determine if your tree is infected. Preventive fungicide injection, eradication pruning, and insecticide treatment are generally the only options available for treating individual trees.. Trees that are infected and untreatable should be removed quickly to prevent further spreading of the disease.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?
The emerald ash borer is a small (1/2 long, 1/8 inch wide) metallic green beetle native to Asia. Discovered in Kane County in 2006, the beetle’s presence has since been found in northern Cook, Du Page and LaSalle counties. Artificial movement of infested trees, firewood and landscape waste has exacerbated the spread of the insect in Illinois. The adult beetle emerges May – July and the female lays numerous eggs in bark crevices and between layers of bark. The eggs hatch in 7-10 days into larvae which bore into the tree where they chew the inner bark and phloem creating galleries as they feed. This cuts off the flow of water and nutrients in the tree, thereby causing dieback and death. Signs of infestation are crown dieback, suckers on the base of the trunk, split bark and “D” shaped holes created when the adult beetles emerge from the tree. All Ash trees near new infestation areas will most likely become infested and die.
Source: Illinois Department of Agriculture
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