Emerald Ash Borer Is Spreading in Philadelphia Forcing Homeowners to Choose Between Treatment to Save Valuable Ash Trees or Tree Removal According to Giroud Tree and Lawn

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Emerald Ash Borer, is spreading across the Philadelphia region and sending Ash trees on a path of rapid decline according to the ISA Certified Arborists at Giroud Tree and Lawn. Since trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer typically die within 3-5 years, homeowners must make tough decisions between saving valuable Ash trees with injection treatments or eventual tree removal.

Graph from research by Deb McCoullough, PhD, Michigan State University, demonstrating the efficacy of Tree-age injections to control Emerald Ash Borer. McCullough, et al. 2011. Journal of Economic Entomology 104:1599-1612.

Research by Deb McCoullough, PhD, Michigan State University demonstrates the efficacy of Tree-age injection treatments to control Emerald Ash Borer and save Ash trees. McCullough, et al. 2011. Journal

Treatment is the only way to control Emerald Ash Borer and save Ash Trees.

After killing over 50 million Ash trees across 25 states, Emerald Ash Borer is making its presence known in the Philadelphia region according to Giroud Tree and Lawn. Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer, decline quickly and usually die within 3-5 years depending on size. Treatment is the only way to save Ash Trees from this 100% fatal pest.

"Over the past 12 years, government and university researchers have extensively studied Emerald Ash Borer and how to control it," says Lou Giroud, ISA Certified Arborist and President of Giroud Tree and Lawn, a tree service company. “Research has proven that biannual trunk injections of TREE-age, Emamectin benzoate, provide the best control against Emerald Ash Borer.”

Considered the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America according to EmeraldAshBorer.info, Emerald Ash Borer kill Ash Trees when the larvae tunnel beneath the bark, stop food and water movement and starve the tree to death.

Property owners living in the high risk zones of Bucks County, Montgomery County PA and parts of Philadelphia need to take action to control Emerald Ash Borer. The following steps help to ensure Ash trees are properly evaluated and treated:

  • Contact a professional tree service and have an ISA Certified Arborist inspect the property to identify high value Ash Trees and determine the best treatment.
  • Check that the technicians doing the Emerald Ash Borer treatments are PA Licensed Applicators.
  • Ensure the technician has special training in trunk injections including how to correctly calculate the right dosage for the size of the tree and proper set up of the injection system to provide full protection.

Reaching average heights of more than 80 feet tall and girths as much as 6 feet around, Ash Trees are a valuable part of many landscapes. Losing a tree of this size and stature will have a lasting impact on area homes, businesses and communities. Early detection and treatment to control this deadly pest are keys to preserving Ash trees in the Philadelphia region.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green . Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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