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, June 23, 2011

Ways to Put Out Safari: Part II

On Tuesday Jeff Vance, the County Extension Director in Mitchell County, and I applied some Safari to trees in Little Switzerland. Hopefully this will be on the 2012 Summer NCCTA tour.

We applied Safari 3 different ways:

  1. With a backpack sprayer to the lower 10 inches of the trunk.
  2. With a high pressure sprayer to the lower 10 inches of the trunk.
  3. A full trunk application with a high pressure sprayer.
Sadly our study site received a great deal of rain just an hour after application so the chemical was probably all washed away. But we plan on repeating this in another couple of weeks, and making more applications like this later in the year. We already made a similar application on May 20.

Here is a video of Jeff applying the Safari to the entire trunk. Hope it doesn't make you seasick!

I think that the full trunk spray will be the better way to apply Safari to Frasers in North Carolina. As you can see, these are large, dense, beautiful trees. It is hard to target just the base of the trunk. We didn't even attempt it with a backpack sprayer -- those trees on other side of the road, pictured to the right of the sprayer.
Field where Safari was applied to the base of the trunk with a backpack sprayer.
Even though the trees were smaller, it was still hard with just a backpack sprayer to make sure I was coating the base of the trunk. I used a hollow cone nozzle which I've been using to apply Safari to the trunk of large hemlocks or Frasers. I ended up using about 2 ounces of water per tree to make a thorough application. That's twice as much water as Dr. Cowles was recommending, but I feel like it was necessary to get good coverage. Even with a high pressure sprayer, sometimes there was full coverage all the way around the base of the trunk and sometimes there wasn't.

Though the full trunk spray will take more water, and it will require a high pressure sprayer, it is certainly much faster, easier and cheaper than a normal balsam woolly adelgid treatment that folks have been doing for years. It will just require calibration to apply the targeted 1 pound per acre application rate.

Now is all of this effective at controlling scales and woollies? We still don't know. However, the full foliar application with a high pressure sprayer has been shown to be effective against both pests this time of year. This is with a lighter spray than typically used for woollies -- more of a twig aphid spray. We asked the grower to do this in another portion of the field to make that comparison. 

Stay tuned for more results!

1 comment:

  1. wow that's great idea i also take it for my next month trip.....:)