Go­ing out on a limb

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

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.”

Reg­u­lated ar­eas

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.

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