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Spring Treatment of Trees: Why Prevention is Key

Steve Sinodinos | May 5, 2017 | Landscaping

With the spring season upon us, most of our franchises are busy working away with spring clean-up and maintenance on our client properties and preparing the landscapes for healthy growth throughout the spring and right through the fall season.

An important part of spring maintenance that is often overlooked by clients is early spring treatment of trees and shrubs for the prevention of infestation.

Over the past five years or so, Southern Ontario and parts of the United States have experienced a pandemic of decaying and dead trees due to destruction by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) insect. Although mostly concentrated within Southern Ontario, they are densely populated and growing to other regions of Central and Eastern Canada.

The EAB attack Ash trees predominantly, but have been known to eat and destroy the White Fringe tree as well.

Trees on your property can perish as early within one year of infestation and are generally dead within two to four years of infestation. Once a tree becomes infected, little can be done to restore the tree aside from removing the tree and restoring the ground around it.

As such, we highly recommend early spring treatment to prevent infestation against EAB or any other tree damaging insects such as Dogwood Borers, Eastern Tent Caterpillars or Gypsy Moths to name a few.

Tree health services

Here are some indicators that a tree is decaying or dead on your property:

  • Trunk Damage such as vertical cracks or seams on the trunk.
  • Bare Branches during a season when leaves are expected to be growing.
  • Signs of Damaged Roots such as the tree leaning or epicormics shoots growing from the tree to indicate that the tree is under stress.
  • Fungus growing on the trunk or branches, which signify internal rotting in the tree.

Split Tree

If trees are found to be deceased on your property, we highly recommend the prompt removal of the trees as they are not only unsightly, but may also wreak havoc to the surrounding landscape and plant life on your property by:

  • Attracting pests such as termites, rats or other birds
  • Being possibly contagious if it was diseased and infecting nearby trees, flower beds and turf.

They can also pose safety hazards to the people and public around your property if:

  • Dead tree branches fall and injure someone on a windy or stormy day.
  • Decaying and leaning trees topple and fall over properties, people, vehicles or power lines.Clintar can help identify at risk or deceased trees and if required perform the following services to safely remove the tree(s) and restore the earth underneath it for a healthy landscape in the future:
    • Pruning
    • Tree Removal
    • Stump Removal
    • Stump Grinding
    • Landscape Restoration

    Clintar practises Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an eco-system based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a combination of techniques such as biological controls and habitat manipulation. Pest control materials are carefully selected to minimize health risks to people, the environment and other living inhabitants of the land.

    Some trees can be treated for infestation protection year-round, while others may only have a small timeframe for effective treatment and protection.

    To learn more about protecting the trees on your property, inquire with your local Clintar franchise about treatment, prevention and IPM techniques that would be safe for your staff, clients and landscape.