The Value of Christmas Trees

"...there is no reason why the joy associated with the Christmas evergreen may not be a means of arousing in the minds of children an appreciation of the beauty and usefulness of trees; and keen appreciation of the beauty and usefulness of trees is a long stop toward the will to plant and care for them (Arthur Sowder, US Forest Service, 1949)."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some HWA Pics

OK, I know this is a Fraser fir IPM blog. But I work some with HWA on hemlocks and can't help but post a few things about that too.

Five years ago, I took some photos of hemlocks in the Linville area. Today I went back and visited some of those trees. Mostly the hedges looked really good. But many of the trees that I know had been treated are now gone. Others don't look much better.

Here are the pictures:

This picture was taken five years ago.

This is the same tree five years later. It is still hanging on, but doesn't look much better.

This tree is no longer there. It had been treated with Merit, but didn't seem to be doing too well five years ago when this picture was taken.

These trees are in the same yard as the previous picture. They don't look that good either, but are at least still alive. The hedge, however, looks great.

My last photo is dead hemlocks along the Parkway.

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