Ash borer just napping between meals

Ash borer just napping between meals

There are 8 comments on the The Cincinnati Enquirer story from Nov 5, 2010, titled Ash borer just napping between meals. In it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that:

As emerald ash borer larvae spend the winter tucked inside the bark of ash trees, arborists are reminding residents in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky how to combat the little beetles that continue to destroy the region's ash population.

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Twp Resident

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Nov 6, 2010
Unfortunately for DIY homeowner types, TREE-äge is only for purchase & use by professional arborists, tree services, & municipality directors etc that take a pre-qualifying exam given provided by the manufacturer.

Another product: Merit (Imidacloprid)is also labelled for control of Emerald Ash Borer.

Merit needs to be soil-drenched in around the trunk circumference once every two years.

There is currently some debate as to whether or not repeat applications of Merit over time can damage soil micro-organisms, and thus as a chain reaction potentially damage tree roots.

My feeling on that is: if Merit is applied to a tree (like ash, birch, cherry) as a preventive measure & the tree is otherwise vibrant, healthy & on a maintenance plan including regular root feeding....there's nothing to worry about.
If Merit is applied to an already stressed tree...that's where future problems might arise.

Since: Dec 09

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#2 Nov 6, 2010
Twp Resident wrote:
Unfortunately for DIY homeowner types, TREE-äge is only for purchase & use by professional arborists, tree services, & municipality directors etc that take a pre-qualifying exam given provided by the manufacturer.
Another product: Merit (Imidacloprid)is also labelled for control of Emerald Ash Borer.
Merit needs to be soil-drenched in around the trunk circumference once every two years.
There is currently some debate as to whether or not repeat applications of Merit over time can damage soil micro-organisms, and thus as a chain reaction potentially damage tree roots.
My feeling on that is: if Merit is applied to a tree (like ash, birch, cherry) as a preventive measure & the tree is otherwise vibrant, healthy & on a maintenance plan including regular root feeding....there's nothing to worry about.
If Merit is applied to an already stressed tree...that's where future problems might arise.
I have a 30 yr old Marshall Ash in my front yard. It is about 40 feet high. When this ash borer story hit the public I called in a tree service company located in Cincinnati...BACK TREE SERVICE.
Today the tree is growing so well, I have to get it pruned almost every year. They inject the tree at the base with their formula, as well as fertilize around the outer perimeter. I have to get this treatment every two years..not cheap, but that tree means alot to me.
Cmon scents

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Nov 11, 2010
John Parise wrote:
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I have a 30 yr old Marshall Ash in my front yard. It is about 40 feet high. When this ash borer story hit the public I called in a tree service company located in Cincinnati...BACK TREE SERVICE.
Today the tree is growing so well, I have to get it pruned almost every year. They inject the tree at the base with their formula, as well as fertilize around the outer perimeter. I have to get this treatment every two years..not cheap, but that tree means alot to me.
I'm quite sure they had to have used TREE-age.
Mr. Tim Back, the quite charismatic owner of Back Tree Service, preaches day in & day out about how wonderful TREE-age is, and how safe trunk injections are for the soil as compared to soil drenches of Merit.
David Ogden

Cincinnati, OH

#4 May 5, 2012
I called Back tree service, then cancelled, but his secretary failed to pass on the message, so he showed up and when I told him we cancelled, he still charged us $50 to show up.

I do not like that guy.
happy customer

Dayton, OH

#5 May 5, 2012
David Ogden wrote:
I called Back tree service, then cancelled, but his secretary failed to pass on the message, so he showed up and when I told him we cancelled, he still charged us $50 to show up.
I do not like that guy.
I have just had Back tree service out here...Have used them since this infestation began...a little pricey, but the results are worth it...I probably have the healthiest Ash in Springboro, as well as the largest. come look for yourself....165 sesame dr, springboro. It's in the front yard, can't miss it.
ripped off

Dayton, OH

#6 May 8, 2012
David Ogden wrote:
I called Back tree service, then cancelled, but his secretary failed to pass on the message, so he showed up and when I told him we cancelled, he still charged us $50 to show up.
I do not like that guy.
Last spring we had several purple ashes treated by a Loveland company by the name of Oasis Turf and Tree. This spring we discovered by talking to several close neighbors that we paid Oasis more than double what our neighbors had spent for protecting ash trees of the same size. Steer clear from Oasis Turf and Tree!

Since: Dec 09

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#7 Jul 22, 2012
ripped off wrote:
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Last spring we had several purple ashes treated by a Loveland company by the name of Oasis Turf and Tree. This spring we discovered by talking to several close neighbors that we paid Oasis more than double what our neighbors had spent for protecting ash trees of the same size. Steer clear from Oasis Turf and Tree!
Still having my ash tree treated by BACK TREE SERVICE. The ash is the healthiest ash in Springboro, while 3 other ash trees in my sub-division are dead. It's worth the money..the proof is there for all to see.
Twp Resident

Dayton, OH

#8 Jul 23, 2012
John Parise wrote:
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Still having my ash tree treated by BACK TREE SERVICE. The ash is the healthiest ash in Springboro, while 3 other ash trees in my sub-division are dead. It's worth the money..the proof is there for all to see.
Cox Arboretum / Five Rivers Metroparks is always seeking new "Forest Foster Families".
This is an effort to involve the public as hands-on volunteers! You'll have an opportunity to grow replacement native species trees (oak, hickory, etc) in your own backyard.
Forest Foster Family volunteers return these trees near the end of each growing season so that volunteers can plant them in spaces in the forest once occupied by now-fallen ash trees.

www.metroparks.org
http://www.metroparks.org/Documents/Education...

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