For reference we have included the following links to some of the most serious pests that we are involved in treating in the area:
Emerald Ash Borer Emerald Ash Borer is a small insect that has become responsible for the near eradication of the ash trees in south east Michigan.
Oak Wilt Oak Wilt is a fast-moving fungal infection that predominantly effects oaks in the red oak group. While it has not been officially diagnosed in Emmet county, it has been found in neighboring counties. To reduce the change of transmission, we strongly encourage residents to avoid any pruning of oaks except during the dormant season.
Dutch Elm Disease Dutch Elm disease is another fungal infection that has become a more common occurrence in our area.
General Facts About Trees
Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
In one year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven up to 8700 miles.
Trees provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
The average tree in metropolitan area survives only about 8 years!
A tree does not reach its most productive stage of carbon storage for about 10 years.
Trees cut down noise pollution by acting as sound barriers.
Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
Trees provide protection from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail as well as reduce storm run-off and the possibility of flooding,
Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Trees located along streets act as a glare and reflection control.
The death of one 70-year old tree would return over three tons of carbon to the atmosphere.