Going out on a limb
This past winter’s continuous thaw and freeze action not only takes its toll on township water pipes, it also strikes the county’s trees.
“This time of the year we do a lot of cleaning up of damaged trees from winter storms and ice damage involving any broken or fallen limbs that have come down over the winter,” says arborist Tyler Sinnott.
“We are doing a lot of that this time of the year,” adds the owner of Williamstown-based Glengarry Tree Service.
He added while the ground is still frozen and before the trees start to bud, Glengarry Tree Service workers focus on big tree removals. “It hurts the tree’s health if you do it during budding season,” he added. “We try to do it now.”
Budding season takes place as soon as the weather starts to warm up, usually in mid to late April.
Before a tree starts to bud and its foliage develops, its limbs should be checked for fragility or breakage.
“You can see damaged or diseased limbs easier before the leaves come on,” adds Mr. Sinnott. “It is a good time to have your trees inspected.”
His team uses a 60-foot bucket boom truck to access high, hard-to-reach limbs.
Mr. Sinnott said people who don’t have their trees checked on a regular basis may have additional problems if the trees on their property are experiencing decay.
Property owners need to have an expert assess their trees to make sure they are in good health. People may not notice problems related to a tree’s inner health on their own.
“For the outer layers of a tree, the sap is where it carries its nutrients,” Mr. Sinnott says. “The core of the stem could be decaying but you don’t notice it. Once they are in full bloom you may not see that until the leaves come off of it again so it’s a good time of the year to check them.”
This is a busy time for the company.
“The calls are coming in,” he said. “In a month’s time we’ll probably be booked three to four weeks ahead.”
This spring and summer the emerald ash borer will continue to rear its munching head, creating added stress for ash trees.
Mr. Sinnott said he would expect to see the beetle progress into the area and pose a threat to ash trees’ longevity.
The emerald ash borer is getting more difficult to control.
“There are no more precautions,” Mr. Sinnott adds. “You can still treat them but you are talking one to two times per year -- anywhere from $400 to $800 per tree. You will have to continuously treat them until you either stop or the emerald ash borer takes over.”
In 2011, the first confirmed sighting of the bug in this region occurred in PrescottRussell. Since then most of the province has been designated a regulated area by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The CFIA warns that one of the main ways to stop the spreading of the emerald ash borer is to refrain from relocating infested ash wood and firewood to non-affected areas.
For more information on this beetle menace and whether it is coming to a back yard near you, check out CFIA’s website at www.inspection.gc.ca.
MENACE: An adult ash borer.