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Ash Trees Are Dying in Philadelphia as Emerald Ash Borers Kill Trees that Have Not Been Protected with Treatment

Emerald Ash Borers kill Ash trees in as little as 1-3 years. The signs of this fatal pest's destruction can be seen throughout the Philadelphia region. A video by Rob Nagy, ISA Certified Arborist at Giroud Tree and Lawn, shows a street in Northeast Philadelphia that is lined with Ash trees. While several are dead or showing signs of decline from Emerald Ash Borers, two Ash trees continue to thrive.

"The contrast is startling," says Rob Nagy. "These Ash trees are growing side by side and Emerald Ash Borers are killing them all except for the two that have been protected with TreeAge trunk injection treatments."

In a quest to find the best treatment options, researchers have exhaustively studied EAB. “Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash,” presents conclusions from over a decade of research by four universities. This research confirms that: “Emamectin benzoate consistently provides at least two years of EAB control with a single application, even in large and very large trees under intense pest pressure. It also provided a higher level of control than other products in side-by-side studies.

“In good conscience, a company should not take money from homeowners for treatments that do not fully protect a tree from Emerald Ash Borer, says Lou Giroud, ISA Certified Arborist and President of Giroud Tree and Lawn. “While other treatments may reduce EAB populations, the deadly pest can still be in the tree and continue to destroy it over time. Tree-age trunk injection is the only treatment that Giroud recommends to its customers.”

Here are the questions a homeowner needs to ask before buying Emerald Ash Borer control treatment and the answers that the professional should provide:
1.    Have Emerald Ash Borer been found near the property? Treatment should be done once EAB has been confirmed within 15 miles of the property.
2.    Does the tree already have signs of EAB? Look for D shaped exit wounds and crown die back.
3.    Is the tree still healthy enough to absorb and transmit the treatment through the tree? More than half the tree’s crown must still be alive and in full leaf.
4.    Which treatment option does the professional recommend and why? As noted above and in a video by Arborjet, the manufacturer, Tree-age trunk injections provide the best control against Emerald Ash Borer and last for two years.
5.    Is the technician licensed by the state to perform the treatment? Licensed professionals know how to calculate the right dosage for the size of the tree and the proper set-up for the application.

Bottom line, upfront research and asking the right questions can help homeowners make a good decision about whether or not to protect Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer.

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 or call 215-682-7704.

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