Are Tree Injection Treatments Better Than Spray Methods?
If you have a diseased tree on your property, you may want to consider a tree injection treatment to help bring it back to life. It’s like an IV for your tree.
Tree injections are designed to administer antibiotics, nutrients, growth regulators, and treatments directly into a tree’s vascular system. This approach to treating tree disease delivers faster and more effective results than traditional spray methods, with lower costs and a reduced impact on the environment.
So, let’s take a look at how tree injections work in more detail, expand on their benefits compared to alternatives, and talk about the tree injection services that Safari Tree provides.
Types Of Tree Injections
Injecting chemicals directly into the sap stream of trees is not new. In fact, it’s been used for more than 30 years. And there are varying techniques that have been developed in that time.
- Macroinfusions use a larger volume of chemicals and water to treat a larger part of the tree (or the whole tree). This technique involves infusing relatively large amounts of fluid containing the active ingredients, diluted with water in most instances (as much as 50 gallons in very large trees).
- Microinjections take a different approach. This technique uses very small holes that are punched through the bark. One advantage to doing microinjections is that much less chemical is used and much less damage is done to the tree. At each injection point, roughly 1 to 10 milliliters of concentrated active ingredient is injected just under the bark.
Another difference between these two methods is where the injections occur. Macroinfusions require drilling and are administered in the tree trunk. But they’re not recommended.
Trunk injection formulations can take hours or weeks to move throughout the tree. They can control some pests, but they can also result in less pesticide being used and may even hurt non-targets, like beneficial insects.
Injection wounds are also a problem. A wound opens the trunk to insect pests and decay fungi. The drilling may also break through internal barriers within the trunk the tree has made to wall off decay. Decay may then spread within the tree or from the inside out through injection wounds.
Microinjections For Trees
Microinjections are sometimes administered higher up the tree, so the chemicals can work their way down through the root system.
That being said, all of the chemicals are immediately absorbed and distributed throughout the entire tree.
Our tree specialists apply the Wedgle Direct-Injection method. It’s the only no-drill tree trunk injection method. It’s fast, easy, proven effective and tree-friendly.
With no drilling required, the Wedgle Direct-Inject System:
- Minimizes wounding
- Prevents air from getting into the tree
- Allows multiple treatments without damaging the tree
Since no drilling is required, you can treat your tree quickly, without exposure concerns.
Why Do A Tree Injection?
There are several reasons why you should consider treating your tree with an injection. They include:
- Insect Control
- Pest Control
- Fungal Diseases
- Bacterial Diseases
- Nutritional Supplementation
The best time to treat ash trees in the upper third of the country is from May through October when trees are most active, and water or nutrients are actively flowing in the tree.
Additional Benefits of Tree Injections
There are many benefits to using tree injections, including:
- No harmful sprays or chemicals outside of the tree. Because you don’t need to spray the treatment or spread it through the soil, tree injections reduce the number of chemicals that get into the natural environment
- Less disturbance to the tree. Injections can minimally wound a tree, but when they’re done correctly, the benefits far outweigh any risk.
- Injections treat trees quickly.
Our tree injection services not only treat disease but provide your tree with the nutrients it needs to grow strong.
Safari Tree Injection Services
Safari Tree’s injection services are cost-effective and highly effective. Whether it’s an infestation, a disease, or some other problem, we can provide life-saving antibiotics that can revive your tree.
Our Wedgle Direct-Injections treat trees for a broad range of destructive pests, harmful diseases, and nutrient deficiencies including Hemlock Woolly Adelgids, Emerald Ash Borers, psyllids, aphids, Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, Anthracnose, chlorosis, and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about our tree injection services, don’t hesitate to let us know. We offer a wide range of tree services and treatments across Southeast Michigan, contact us today.