Four Steps to a Healthier Forest
1. Survey and Evaluate: Determine the number and species of trees, any possible infestation and the number of trees that may be susceptible to infestation.
2. Preventative Spraying
3. Eradication: Fire mitigation and thinning the tree count can decrease competition for nutrients between trees. Pruning lower dead and dying branches can greatly increase a tree’s health, as can clearing the surrounding forest floor. (Some biomass is beneficial, but too much can be harmful to the trees.)
4. Replant/Renew Growth
Timberline Tree Spraying and Fertilizing will be happy to survey your property for beetle infestation and overall tree health. We will provide our professional opinion on the overall health of your forest, any signs of infestation and recommendations to maintain and improve the health of your trees.
We DO NOT cut or remove trees from your property, however.
You can also identify beetle infestations yourself, if you know what to look for.
- Pitch tubes: These can be found where the beetle has bored into the tree. A pitch tube is a popcorn shaped ball of sap that the tree excretes in order to attempt to ‘pitch’ the beetle out. Pitch tubes may be brown, pink, or white.
- Sawdust: Often found on the bark surface and around the trunk of the tree.
- Woodpeckers: Signs that woodpeckers have been feeding on the truck.
- Bluing, Egg Galleries, or Tunnel Girdling: Use a hatchet to remove the bark to look for these telltale signs of infestation.
- Needles: Browning of needles on lower branches.