Arbor Man uses the ARBORJET Systemic Injection System. Although trunk injections are relatively new to Canada, it has been effectively used in the USA for decades as a fast and effective method for controlling disease. Systemic tree injections are considered a much more environmentally friendly alternative to spraying. The systemic insecticides are injected under high pressure into the tree’s wood (xylem tissue) it prevents chemical from being sprayed into the air and surrounding environment and most importantly significantly limits exposure to humans and pets. Systemic injections are able to protect the whole tree and are able to provide a much better coverage for certain pest which spraying cannot such as leaf rollers and miners. Currently it is the only treatment technique that can help save a tree infected with poplar borer. Treatment involves drilling a few small holes into the base of the tree, the formulation is injected and an Arborplug is placed to seal the holes. Bark will grow back completely over the Arborplug in 1-2 years. Formulations injected into the trunk reach the branches, stems, leaves and even the roots. Some insecticide formulations will protect trees for a number of years with a single injection.
The cost of tree injection depends on the site distance, tree diameter, and number of trees. However this cost is significantly less than removing and replacing and established tree.
Some commonly treatable tree diseases with systemic injections include:
- Fire Blight
- Poplar Borer