What is the Cherry Bark Tortrix?
The cherry bark tortrix, is an introduced caterpillar pest in western Washington and from British Columbia south to parts of Oregon coastal areas. It is found mostly on cherry, plum, and apple; but may also be found on peach, crabapple, pear, hawthorn, mountain ash and quince.
Why do I need to worry about it?
It is a growing problem in our area. It can kill trees outright through girdling the trunk. Typically, though, heavy infestations around the graft lead to dieback above the graft. The stress associated with an infestation can leave trees susceptible to secondary disease and insect problems.
How does it spread?
Cherry Bark Tortrix is a smaller moth, whose caterpillar stage does the damage inside the lower tree trunk. They overwinter in the trunk and emerge in the mid-late spring time frame. The adults lay eggs in cracks and wounds in the bark area in late summer. Large populations will kill the trees as they girdle around the tree. Initial infections will stress the tree and often cause a gummosis that exudes from the bark.
What is the best way to treat it?
Protection from these late summer infections is usually the best proactive treatment, but spring systemic treatments are also effective and should be considered if you are concerned about this pest. Your Arborwell Arborist can insect your trees and determine a treatment plan. Typically they include a treatment to suppress any existing problem, then an annual proactive treatment to prevent further infestations. Proper tree health is also important, so they may recommend nutritional feeding and corrective pruning if needed.
If you are concerned about cherry bark tortrix, or other problems on your trees, contact your Arborwell arborist to help you create the most effective management plan for them.
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Spring is here in the Seattle area and
Arborwell Professional Tree Management has plenty of tips for keeping your
trees in top condition. Our tree experts know that the burst of springtime growth
combined with winter damage can leave a tree vulnerable to disease and pests. Our
tree experts have the knowledge and expertise to help your trees recover and
flourish in springtime.
We want your trees to be in peak health
during the growing season. Our arborists can asses the needs of your trees and
offer their professional opinion and services to keep your trees healthy. Here
are some tips for spring tree care:
- Repair damaged trees. At Arborwell our
ISA Certified Arborists have experience nursing damaged trees back to full
health. Trees take a beating over the winter from storms and the dead and dying
branches need to be cleared. Weakened areas should be removed before they have
a chance to become diseased. Our arborists will prune these areas to make way
for new growth.
- Tree Removal. In some cases, a tree
may need to be removed. Our tree experts will do everything they can to save your
tree, but sometimes the damage is too extensive. Once the tree becomes a safety
hazard it will have to be removed. Arborwell provides tree removal services to quickly and efficiently remove these hazards.
- Pest and disease avoidance. Trees are weakened during the winter and can be vulnerable in spring
to infestations and disease. Pay close attention to the health of your tree to
avoid pests, fungal growth and disease. Our arborists have the knowledge to
identify these problems and the tools to prevent future issues.
- Tree trimming. To keep your trees
growing happily and healthily its important to prune dead and dying branches.
This will allow for more sunlight to reach your tree and help it grow
unhindered by the extra weight of dead branches. Trimming is also important in
maintaining tree shape and keeping it away from electrical lines.
Arborwell can help you manage your trees
If you want the best in tree care services
in the Seattle area, consider Arborwell Professional Tree Management. These tips for spring tree care in Seattle
are only part of the knowledge our tree experts can provide for you. Call us at
888-969-8733 or click here to request one of
our ISA Certified Arborists to complete an assessment and report of your trees.
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Weather in the Seattle area plays a crucial role in the health of its
trees and as it continues to grow warmer it is negatively affecting the tree
population. Over the past few years climate change has begun to drastically
change weather patterns that have been around for hundreds of years. Our
experts at Arborwell can help you understand how these weather fluctuations are
affecting your trees.
Weather in the Seattle area is trending towards hotter, drier, and
longer summers, while the winters are becoming warmer and wetter. These
conditions are unfavorable to many of the trees that grow in the Seattle area,
leading to new problems regarding tree health.
Hot and Dry Summers
The biggest concern of hotter summers is the worsening drought
conditions. The Seattle area is accustomed to experiencing some summer drought,
but over the past few summers the droughts have become longer and drier. There
isn’t enough rainfall to properly sustain the trees and many are sick or dying
because of it.
Young trees are especially at risk. They have shorter roots and can’t
reach as far into the ground as mature trees to soak up water. Our arborists
have plenty of tips and tricks to help your trees survive drought conditions.
Warm and Wet Winters
Winters in the Seattle area have become wetter over recent years.
While the increase in rainfall may seem beneficial, what the trees really need
is snowfall. That snow becomes lifesaving snowmelt in the summer, helping to
keep trees nourished when rainfall is scarce. The decrease in snowmelt over the
past few years has exasperated drought conditions in the summer.
Insect populations have also been flourishing as the warm winters allow
more to survive. Many pest populations that otherwise would have died off are
surviving the winter and attacking already weakened or dying trees, sapping
them of the nutrients they need to survive. Winters are also seeing more severe
storms. These rough storms are causing excessive damage to already crippled
trees. All these factors are culminating in creating poor conditions for trees
in the Seattle area.
Our Tree Experts Know How to Help
These new weather conditions in the Seattle area
are significantly affecting its trees and are creating a need for different
strategies for tree care. Arborwell Professional Tree Management has ISA-certified
arborists who can create a plan to keep your trees healthy and looking their
best, no matter the weather. Call today or click here to make an appointment
with an arborist in the Seattle area.
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