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When not preoccupied with feeding, the beetles find time to mate and lay eggs (what a life!). Eggs are laid near the soil surface, and the newly hatched larvae tunnel in late summer to overwinter in the soil until the next season. While the adults feed solely on trees and shrubs, the larvae feed on grass roots and can cause problems for the turf. Brown patches in the yard that easily pull up are a sign of grub issues. On top of that, it’s not uncommon for animals such as skunks, opossums, and raccoons to dig in the yard for a tasty treat.
On a positive note, Japanese beetles can be controlled to minimize damage. If you’ve had issues with grubs killing the lawn, you or your lawn company should put down a granular insecticide early in the spring to help kill grubs. Most professional lawn services have this built into their maintenance program. This can help your lawn but won’t do much for your trees, as the beetles will still fly in from neighboring sites.
Treatment for trees is best done preventatively using systemic insecticides placed in the soil that travel up through the roots and into the leaf tissue, thus killing the beetles as they feed. It's important to note that none of these treatments act as repellants. The beetles must feed on the leaves in order to die. The timing and chemical required depend on the type of tree or plant. Birches, elms, buckthorns, and other non-flowering trees and shrubs can be treated with imidacloprid in the spring once a year, at least a month prior to beetle emergence. This product is not registered for flowering trees, however, as it has been associated with the decline in pollinator populations. For lindens and fruit trees, acephate can be injected in the soil at the time of beetle emergence, which can provide 4-6 weeks of control. For last minute applications when systemic insecticides will be too slow to be effective, foliar sprays will be effective. Sprays with bifenthrin or permethrin will provide two weeks of control, and will need to be repeated until mid-to-late August when the beetles stop feeding. (Yes, Arbor Aesthetics offers all of these treatment options!)
Traps: Are they effective?
A common question is whether or not to use pheromone traps in the yard. The short answer is NO. Don’t do it. Studies have shown the traps bring in more beetles than they catch, and will draw in beetles in from an even larger area.
Dylan Willis, Plant Healthcare Specialist
B.S. Forest Science
ISA Certified Arborist
We wrapped up our third annual Gift of Beautiful Trees program this month, providing tree trimming and removal services to THREE families in need this year. We were overwhelmed this year with the number of applications we received, and we couldn't just pick one family. We enjoyed reading each and every story that came through and were inspired and touched by how our community is full of so many good people seeking to care of their neighbors, friends and family. Trees truly are a living, breathing component of our community that tie us all together. Keep up the good work, Omaha!
Our crew made quick work of a few trees that desperately needed to come down. We also trimmed a beautiful red oak tree in the front yard and a silver maple over the roof. Her home got a major facelift, and we hope we also lightened the burden for Amelia who has worked so hard to support her family, all while being a great friend.
Congratulations again to our three recipients! We look forward to doing it all over again this December! Follow us on Facebook for updates and for information on how to nominate a family in need!
Our Treatment Method
Arbor Aesthetics uses a macro injection system to flush iron (and/or manganese, depending on the species) directly through your tree's vascular system via injection sites at the root flare. These treatments are performed in the fall and can provide up to three years of green, happy leaves for your tree!
Another holiday season has passed, and another Omaha family has been given the Gift of Beautiful Trees! This is the second year of our charity program where we ask the community to submit nominations for their deserving neighbors, colleagues, families and friends to receive up to $2,500 in free tree trimming and removal services. While it may not seem like much, we truly believe that, "the meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
Our 2016 Gift of Beautiful Trees recipient, Jill, was nominated anonymously by a neighbor who new of Jill's recent battle with thyroid cancer. Jill had a declining ash tree in her front yard that needed to be removed, and two red oak trees that had storm damage that were in need of a good trim.
Owning a home near a lake can make your backyard feel like a private wilderness retreat - unless you can't see the lake! A customer of ours owns a home with a beautiful deck overlooking Lake Cunningham. Unfortunately, some unsightly trees had invaded the wooded area between the lake and his home, blocking the view. We were able to obtain a city permit to work in the park area separating the bike and walking path and his backyard. We're so proud of the result!
Our customer was thrilled that we were able to clear enough trees so that they could enjoy the view of lake without sacrificing the privacy they needed from people using the nearby trail. They also enjoyed watching the hot air balloons descend toward the lake during the Omaha Wine & Balloon Festival this August.
We returned to visit recently once the trees had filled out. There was even enough sunlight that our customer was able to sew some wildflower seeds. It has transformed into a beautiful space that even attracts birds and wildlife!
Room to Grow
When we began this experiment, we noticed several postcards coming in requesting better communication. Our customers needed to know further in advance when the work would be done. Since then, we started calling our customers at least one to two days ahead of time so they'd know when we'd be on their property doing the work. This is just one of the many changes we have made in response to our customers' feedback. Keep it coming!
Thanks, Omaha, for helping us step up our game!
- Jeff & Amy
Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner