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The Northwest Press recently featured Tim Back as a guest columnist.  He wrote about hope for saving ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Northwest Press serves these Cincinnati communities: Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Montford Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills and White Oak

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This week Back Tree Service drove to the City of Prospect, Kentucky, and completed the first treatment of their ash trees against the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Prospect, Kentucky, is a very lovely town in the Greater Louisville area and is committed preserving the beauty of their neighborhoods by treating ash trees against the Emerald Ash Borer.

In our first picture you see Forestation Board Chair Lee Tucci (left) with Tim Back, President of Back Tree Service (right).

Plant Health Care should always begin with a good, trusting relationship between the customer and the Certified Arborist.   It is also great for the customer to know that they are dealing with a company experienced at successfully treating ash trees for over three years.

The First Step In EAB Treatment: Inventory

In any process, the first step is to have a plan.  In this case we started with an inventory of all of the ash trees and a map of their locations.  This is an inportant function that can be performed by the customer, or by the service provider.

In this case the City of Prospect had done their own inventory through volunteers.  And although it was a couple of years old and some things had changed, it still provided vital information for development of an Emerald Ash Borer treatment budget plan.

Step 2 in Emerald Ash Borer Treatment: Tagging

After planning, the next logical step is to tag the trees.  This has two purposes, to show the injection team(s) which trees to treat, and the tag has EAB treatment information such as tree inventory number and date of service.

Notice the size of this ash tree.  How could anyone think that cutting down a magnificant tree of this size could be justified when professional tree treatment is available?  Yet to rip-and-replace is the knee jerk response of many.  And how could a two inch diameter tree be considered a fair replacement?

Step 3 in Emerald Ash Borer Treatment: Drilling

The next step is to drill the tree to prepare for the injection of the formulation.

Step 4 in Emerald Ash Borer Treatment: Injection

After the holes are drilled, the ash trees are ready for injection.  Notice how tiny the injection probe is in comparison to this ash tree.   Some people are concerned that injection may wound the tree.  But just like innoculation of humans, the long term benefits of good health outweigh the slight discomfort of  an injection.

In this close up you can clearly see the ArborJet injection system.  Note the small size of the probe and the construction of the gun.  The gauge on the gun shows the rate at which the ash tree absorbs the TREE-age formulation.  The gun is connected to tank that the technician caries with him, and in the tank is the TREE-age formulation with Emmemectin Benzoate.

It is a self contained unit that is portable and easy to use.  That is why our technician teams can get hundreds of trees treated in a day.

For more information, please refer to our website www.backtree.com

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