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Buyer Beware on Emerald Ash Borer Treatments!

Comparison between neighboring Ash Trees. Tree on left was not treated and has been killed by Emerald Ash Borer.  Tree on right is healthy and is being protected against EAB with Tree-age.

Before buying Emerald Ash Borer treatments, please be cautious. Too often, Ash trees are being treated that are beyond saving. Equally distressing, homeowners are spending money on treatments that don't fully protect the tree from Emerald Ash Borer.  
We'd like to clear the air and give you the facts on controlling this awful pest. The secret to saving your Ash tree hinges on two absolutely critical factors.

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Eco-friendly lawn insect killers

Insects have long been a huge problem for everyone during the summer time. They are not only extremely irritating but also can cause harm to animals and humans. Although insects and different bugs do live everywhere, the majority of them are found in and around lawns and grass. And, since we spend a lot of time sitting, playing, and working on the grass, we need to ensure the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. There are many different sprays and products which can help you get rid of lawn insects efficiently.

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Dead Ash Trees Are NOT Safe!

All dead trees become hazardous over time. But, that's not the case with trees killed by Emerald Ash Borers (EAB).  When EAB destroys an Ash tree, the internal damage is so severe that the tree very quickly becomes dangerous.   
In this video, Mike Chenail, Giroud ISA Certified Arborist explains how EAB make Ash trees unsafe.  
"There are two realities," explains Mike.  "The first problem has to do with the way EAB kill the tree and second is the tree's own basic structure."

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Stop Mosquito and Tick Bites Naturally

It's time to wage war on mosquitoes and ticks. They’re out. They're biting. And, worse yet, some are spreading diseases.

You can’t spend this summer in a bubble. So how can you safely enjoy your yard without becoming the next meal for hungry ticks and mosquitoes?

Giroud has pulled together the Best 10 Natural Mosquito and Tick Control Tips with help from Mother Earth Living and Mind Body Green.  It’s a war.  But it's a war you can win by taking action in your yard and with personal repellents. Here's how:

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Why Are These Ash Trees Healthy?

Yes, there's a lot of gloom and doom for Ash Trees. Emerald Ash Borers are destroying Ash so quickly that it seems like we blink and they're dead. But wait, that's not quite true. Many Ash trees are still alive and well.

Robert Poley, Giroud ISA Certified Arborist, gives us a front row view of several Ash trees in Lower Gwynedd. Treated with Tree-age trunk injections last year, these beauties are thriving with no signs of Emerald Ash Borer activity.

Here's the challenge. The Emerald Ash Borer control only works if your Ash trees are still healthy. Have your Giroud Arborist check your Ash trees while there's still time. Contact us today for a free evaluation.

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Creepy Crawlies Are Out!

Eastern Tent Caterpillars, Emerald Ash Borers, Lacebugs and more; many destructive pests are attacking trees right now.

Video by Drew Slousky, Giroud VP and ISA Certified Arborist, shows Pine Sawfly Larvae attacking a Mugo Pine and explains warning signs to look for. This destructive pest can be controlled usually with one treatment.

Check out our Insect Page to see what pests may be at work damaging your trees. Be alert for these warning signs:

  1. Off color, sparse growth and brown patches on Evergreens.
  2. Leaves with odd spots or deformities.
  3. Sections of the tree that don't leaf out or are dead.

Worried about insects damaging your trees and shrubs? We can help!

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Best Trees to Replace Dead Ash

Without treatment, it's inevitable. All untreated Ash trees in our region will be killed by Emerald Ash Borers. That's going to leave a lot of bare spots in our landscapes. Pictured: Ash Trees killed by Emerald Ash Borers; all that's left is logs and stumps after removal.

Many of us will want to fill the empty space with a beautiful new tree. But, what tree is best for your landscape?

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