The presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed all over our region. EAB is a small green beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees in the U.S. since it found its way here from Asia in 2002. There is a quarantine on EAB host material from ash trees in New York — as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Movement of regulated materials is restricted in quarantined regions.
Talk to your Almstead arborist to find out how you can protect your ash trees from EAB. A health assessment of the ash trees in question as well as its overall contribution to the landscape and a cost analysis should be evaluated prior to treatment.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), has recently been found in New York City and Long Island, and authorities have established quarantine areas there. So far, the Hudson Valley has no known instance of ALB. Host trees include: Maple (including Japanese maple), horse chestnut, mimosa, birch, katsura, ash, golden rain, London plane, sycamore, poplar, willow, mountain ash and elm. ALB has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize, including: a long antennae with black and white bands, a shiny, jet-black body, about 1” to 1 ½” long, with white spots, and six legs with possible bluish-colored feet.
If you find ALB on your property please contact your Almstead arborist who can suggest the best course of action.
Almstead Around Town
Arborist Dan Dalton and the Almstead crew donated their time and expertise to put up a large American Flag at the 9/11 Memorial in the Town of Pelham. (more)
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Advantages Of Winter Pruning
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Almstead Renews Its TCIA Accreditation
Almstead recently underwent an extensive review of practices and was awarded a renewal of its accreditation by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)... (more)
Protect Your Evergreens In Winter With Antidesiccants
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Letter from the CEO
The summer has been wonderful for outdoor activities as well as for getting out and socializing with family and friends. However, it has been challenging for trees and shrubs. The NOAA recently announced that the U.S. just had one of its five hottest summers since records began in the late 19th century. Conditions in our area have reflected this fact with drought conditions and water restrictions in place in some parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut... (more)
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