In our 2016 newsletter, we identified two pests and one disease threatening the horizon for our local landscapes. These threats included: Emerald Ash Borer, Thousand Canker Disease, and Spotted Lanternfly.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer continues to wreak havoc on our ash tree population. Professionals estimate 150-200 million ash trees have died in the U.S. to date and billions are infested. CVTSL Plant Health Care Manager, Jamey Schwartz, has been interviewed numerous times by local media. Not only about the active existence of the Emerald Ash Borer in our treasured ash trees, but also the impact of its presence in our local community. The damage from the insect goes well beyond a dying tree in a homeowner’s yard.

There has been massive reverberation as boroughs, HOA’s and parks bear the staggering costs associated in the treatment and/or removal of these infested ash trees. The pest has been in our region for several years. Unfortunately, removal of these untreated ash trees is necessary for safety reasons. These trees become extremely brittle as the insect feeds making climbing hazardous. In fact, felled trees can implode when they make contact with the ground.

Thousand Canker Disease and Spotted Lanternfly

On a brighter note, Thousand Canker Disease and Spotted Lanternfly have not spread within the past year. Both Thousand Canker Disease and Spotted Lanternfly remain quarantined in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania.

Call our office and have one of our trained experts inspect your property to analyze the health of your trees and shrubs. Luckily, CVTSL offers the “Green Solutions Plant Health Care Program.” This provides our clients with the added value of monthly monitoring and analysis of your specific plant needs.

Current Plant Health Care clients should keep an eye out for our 2017 Service Proposals arriving via mail this winter. Our pre-paid option will help you save 5% on this year’s proposed services.

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