Emerald Tree Care, LLC spent the past week in Cedarburg, Wisconsin treating the city’s ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer. The city contract is for just under 1400 trees and this doesn’t count many individual residents of Cedarburg who have contracts with ETC, LLC to have their trees treated as well. All of these trees were soil treated in five days.

This incredible amount of work was not done by a small army however. In fact all of this work was done in such a short amount of time by only one person.

Melinda White is a field technician for Emerald Tree Care and this year she was given the task of treating the soil for the entire city of Cedarburg.

When asked about her time in Cedarburg, White said “It’s an honor to be the one keeping the trees alive. Cedarburg is a beautiful city and we’re doing our best to help keep it that way”.

White was able to accomplish this feat of tree care in part thanks to her familiarity with the city and its trees. “It’s my fourth year treating the trees in Cedarburg and I always look forward to it”.

White, who is engaged to another one of Emerald Tree Care’s field technicians, went on to say how much she enjoyed her time in Cedarburg. “It’s almost more of a vacation”.

One of my customers this last year had an ash tree they wanted to save from the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer right next to their prized fish pond.

How do you save both an ash tree AND a Poi Pond?

The ash tree is on the right side of the top picture and is also shown below, right behind the deck and right next to the pond.

GOAL: Save the ash tree without harming the fish

You can see how this older ash tree is critical to the overall backyard landscape. The problem is that Imidicloprid added to the soil treatment will surely leach into the pond. Imidicloprid is harmful to aquatic vertebrates like fish. In this next picture you can see just how close the pond is to the tree.

The fish are downhill just to the right of this ash tree.

We can’t take the chance on harming the pond inhabitants shown in the next picture.

How can you risk their lives and still save this ash tree?

With the ArborSystems Direct Inject Tree Injection System, I am able to inject Imidicloprid directly under the bark, where it can move into the leaves in less than 24 hours. At no time will any product move anywhere near this pond.

This tool gives arborists the exact tool they need to confidently treat this ash tree in a very delicate situation.

When you have a special plant health care need, such as exists in this backyard be sure you contact the very best!

Get a Board Certified Master Arborist to take care of what is important to you! Contact Wayne White of Emerald Tree Care LLC.


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The City of Cedarburg, WI posted on their city website that on Thursday, January 30th, Kevin Westphal (City Forester) and his crews discovered the long evasive Emerald Ash Borer. It was discovered in a woodlot owned by the city and known as Westlawn Woods on Lincoln Blvd.

Wayne White- Board Certified Master Arborist

Emerald Tree Care LLC, led by Board Certified Master Arborist Wayne White, has worked for the City of Cedarburg and Kevin Westphal treating the city’s ash trees since 2009. All of us have been very concerned about Cedarburg since 2008 when this foreign invasive pest was first discovered in Wisconsin in a park in Newburg. As the find in Newburg was well within the 15 mile radius of the city limits, it prompted Cedarburg to embark on a yearly treatment program to Save Their Ash. At the time (2009) this made Cedarburg the first city in Wisconsin to start preventatively treating their valuable urban ash trees. City Council should be commended for their forward thinking at the time, and now they will reap the reward for their efforts as continued treatments will maintain the beautiful Cedarburg Urban Forest canopy well into the future. I am always amazed at how many other people in the five state area that I treat in have been to Cedarburg as tourists. Everyone seems to have this glowing memory of how quaint and beautiful this community was when they visited. The tree lined streets, the cool summer days and nights walking and talking with neighbors. Never discount the value of our Urban Forests. Reports are surfacing now that prove the medical benefits of trees in our Urban Environment.

A surprise to all of us in the industry is that it has taken this long to confirm an infestation site within the city borders. Since 2008 many other infestations have been discovered within Ozaukee county. The City of Cedarburg has seemed surrounded by this insect for some time. Some speculation supported the notion that the Cedarburg’s Emerald Ash Borer Treatment program had actually been slowing the spread of EAB into the city. Although this seemed plausible to me I nevertheless was convinced that at least 2 years ago this insect was already in the city. While the parkway trees were being protected with a proven Emerald Ash Borer treatment first found successful in many areas of Michigan since 2002, there were far more private ash trees in landscapes and woodlots that could easily support the oncoming invasion of EAB.

Kevin Westphal and his crews have diligently been on the lookout for signs of this insect since 2009. Many “false alarms” were followed through on. Some of these were private ash trees dying rather suspiciously or starting to show telltale EAB symptoms. And although each of these leads were always followed through on, the elusive EAB was never confirmed to be the culprit causing the damage. That is until now.

Emerald Tree Care has offered discounted rates for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment for Cedarburg residents, from the very beginning of our first City Contract. Many people treated the first year but every year there have been a few less of you as the “Not yet discovered within the City of Cedarburg” philosophy has left some people complacent. But as we now know, this insect has been within the city limits for at least three years now. Nearly undetectable for all of this time, it is now clear to us that the population is ready to explode! Anyone now within the City of Cedarburg who wants to SAVE THEIR ASH needs to start, or continue treating as aggressively as possible. No other arborist in America has treated more ash trees than I have since 2002.

The Direct-Inject Tree Injection System from ArborSystems Inc. Our NON-DRILLING Emerald Ash Borer treatment method is far less damaging to the trees. It is also recommended by the City Foresters in cities that I now treat in of West Chicago, Roselle, Downers Grove, and Mokena, Illinois. And in Cedarburg, Kevin Westphal has also researched thoroughly the treatment method we use there. We are not only treating to prevent EAB infestation but we are doing all we can to improve the health of this important part of the Urban Forest Canopy.

Emerald Tree Care LLC will be offering their Emerald Ash Borer treatment throughout the Cedarburg area until this crisis is over.

Contact Wayne A.White, Board Certified Master Arborist, at your earliest convenience to get on this year’s inspection/treatment list! Call 877-SAVEASH (877-728-3274) or email savetheash@aol.com.

I am frequently asked this question by homeowners concerned that an infested tree next door will somehow doom their ash tree even if they treat for Emerald Ash Borer. I thought it important to not only explain why this is not true but also show some pictures that speak for themselves.


In this first photo, the neighbor on the left has been treating their tree with us for several years. The insecticide is systemic, meaning it gets absorbed by the plant tissue and moves throughout the tree into the areas where Emerald Ash Borers feed. As this is a PREVENTATIVE treatment in place before the Emerald Ash Borer attempts to feed on the ash tree(s), any ash borer that touch a treated ash tree (either by feeding on the leaves or burrowing under the bark) cannot survive and complete their life cycle. The ash on the right has not been treated and any ash borer that go after it are not affected at all and will complete their life cycle and emerge as new adults the following season. As we continue treating the tree on the left it is clear that no future Emerald Ash Borer will survive there while the tree on the right will continue to be attacked until it is completely dead.
Here in another neighborhood of hundreds of dead and dying ash trees, another customer of mine has been treating for Emerald Ash Borer for three years. When we started treatment there was no visible signs of infestation in the area but within two years it just exploded. In my opinion there are no other ash trees in this subdivision that can be saved at this point. Treatment needs to begin when your trees still look healthy and the insect has been confirmed within 15 miles of your ash trees. DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE TO TREAT! If your trees already look like the background tree, then you have waited too long. They cannot be saved at this point! Contact us now to get your trees inspected!

While it is true that the larger ash trees are more challenging, it is NOT true that they cannot be saved. We have written about and photographed the following tree several times over the years that we have been treating it. It is the largest single stem ash tree under my care at just over 50″ in diameter. But the base of this tree is not what catches your breath when you see it for the first time. It is the sheer mass of some of the upper limbs. What makes this tree particularly significant to us is that it was planted in 1955 by the current owner's grandfather! This tree lives in Clinton Township, Michigan, at the heart of the initial outbreak of the Emerald Ash Borer. Thousands of ash trees from this area are now dead.

Below is a small gallery of photographs of this massive ash tree that we have been able to save

It sometimes takes a person standing close by to get some perspective. This ash tree is “only” about 60 years old and has been able to sustain an incredible growth rate due to the presence of an underground “river” about 18″ under the surface of the ground.

What is remarkable is how this tree has improved over the years. I am one of the early pioneers in Emerald Ash Borer treatment that has steadfastly held to the belief that proper fertilization and bio-root stimulants added to the soil insecticide treatment with a combination of trunk injection with Pointer through ArborSystems Direct injection “wedgle” system was the best way to treat larger ash trees. And if it was good for the biggest of our specimens then why not for all ash trees. As a result, I have treated more ash trees since 2002 and have more alive today as a result than any other arborist in America!

With proper care your ash tree could someday be this big and beautiful. In the right setting they have no particular life span. George Washington planted a white ash at Mt Vernon in 1795 and it is still standing today! Doesn’t your tree deserve the best care it can get? Contact us for an inspection! Go with the Board Certified Master Arborist with the most successful program for Emerald Ash Borer treatment in the country! DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!

Emerald Tree Care has been treating in Arlington Heights successfully now for several years. We use a NON-drilling method to inject ash trees. We also fertilize them and keep them healthy with insecticide also added to the soil. Time will certainly tell if the repeated drilling of ash trees in the city will fail like all of the repeated drilling of elm trees has failed in Northbrook, Illinois. As a Board Certified Master Arborist at the very top of my profession, I will not subject my customers ash trees to the damage caused by repeated drilling.

Dr Alex Shigo – the grandfather of modern arboriculture once quoted “Drilling trees makes no sense!”

These Trees are NOT being treated by Emerald Tree Care, LLC. If left untreated, these trees will be dead in less than two years.
These ash trees have been treated by Emerald Tree Care LLC with a NON-drilling method adopted by Roselle, West Chicago, Downers Grove, Mokena as well as Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Treated ash trees in these cities are surviving very successfully with no futher damage from drilling. Look for these tags on successfully treated trees within the city!

This is a valid question for anyone considering treating their ash trees instead of removal. While time will tell for certain, I nevertheless believe this is NOT the case. I have been involved with Emerald Ash borer treatment in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin since 2002. Over this time I have become more experienced treating for this insect than any other arborist in America. There are many customers that I treated in the very beginning that are no longer treating, and their ash trees are still there. We started in the beginning with aggressive treatments of imidacloprid both in the soil and trunk injected. But after a few years we have started to wean these trees off treatment by reducing the treatments first to soil only and then finally to skipping a year. In many cases the homeowners have taken over by applying the homeowner version of the treatment as insurance to help maintain the insecticide levels we built up over the years.

When the Emerald Ash Borer kills all of the untreated ash trees in any given localized area, it runs out of food. Some people think that they then “move on” but that is not the case. The only EAB life stage that can “move” are the adults once they emerge, but they do not fly that far. Perhaps ½ mile to 1 mile. They are capable of hitching rides on vehicles to move longer distances but the main body of the population simply dies off from lack of food.

The EAB is classified as a phloem feeder. When the eggs hatch, the larvae burrow under the ash bark looking for actively growing sapwood. They do not have that much energy stored up when they hatch and certainly cannot go very far looking for living tissue. If they do not find any in a short distance they will die, ending the life cycle at that point. They will not become an adult beetle the following year.

This means they CANNOT live on dead ash trees NOR any part of an ash tree that has already died from prior attacks. Removing ash trees not planned to be treated as soon as you can will also slow the spread of this insect by removing their food source. Many cities have adopted this removal method as part of their overall Emerald Ash Borer management plan. This is a good idea even if they are treating many other specimen ash trees that they wish to keep.

The team at Emerald Tree Care, LLC including our Board Certified Master Arborist and some of the nation’s leading experts on Emerald Ash Borer. If you are in an area where the Emerald Ash Borer has been or might be soon, we implore you to call. Even if you are outside our treatment area we share treatment ideas with many other Certified Arborists and can help you find one in your area. Let us know how we can help!

Arlington Heights is planning to mortgage the future of the city by borrowing $11.5 million to fund the removal of 13,000 parkway ash trees. For the entire story, see Arlington Heights Fails City Residents.

West Chicago, however, has committed to saving their ash trees for significantly less money. January 2012, West Chicago City Council voted to extend the contract of Emerald Tree Care LLC until 2017 for the treatment of all of their parkway ash trees.

Almost as an afterthought, or perhaps because of pressure from residents, Arlington Heights is now backing a new treatment method for residents interested in trying to save their parkway tree(s). A highly controversial treatment method involving drilling (known as TREE-äge) has been in the news lately, and many cities have bought into the marketing hype for this new product. The science behind the proper treatment of trees seems to be continually discarded while chemical companies are rushing into this new market eager to make money. Dr. Mark Harrell of the University of Nebraska has done extensive research into various tree injection systems. He lists the injection method for TREE-äge as the most damaging method in his report. For Dr. Harrell’s report, see Nebraska Forest Service – EAB Treatment Options

Dr. Alex Shigo, the late United States Forest Preserve plant pathologist who many considered to be the ‘father of modern arboriculture,’ firmly believed and taught all of us for years that, “Drilling trees makes no sense!”

West Chicago relied on concrete evidence of treatment success from other states like Michigan. West Chicago was on the edge of losing the majority of their ash trees when Emerald Tree Care LLC began treating in late August 2011. Out of 1835 ash trees treated in 2011, only 45 did not survive for continued treatment in 2012. That is more than 97.5% success! “Had we been given the opportunity to have treated sooner in this EAB crisis, we would have had even better results,” stated Wayne White, Board Certified Master Arborist of Emerald Tree Care LLC. White has been treating ash trees since 2002 and is currently licensed in five states. Because of this, no other arborist in America has treated more ash trees and has more alive as a result.

Emerald Tree Care LLC has even better treatment results in cities like Roselle and Downers Grove where the company also hold city contracts. Here, the success rates are higher than 99%. This success can be attributed to the unique treatment programs. “We do not rely on just one method of delivery to treat ash trees,” says White. “We use a soil drench mixture of Imidicloprid, a high grade plant fertilizer, and a bio-root stimulant to encourage uptake and overall health of the tree.

In addition, we proudly use the ArborSystems Tree Injection system to get another full dose of Imidicloprid into the trees using a hypodermic needle to go just under the bark.” Dr. Mark Harrell’s report shows the ArborSystems’s method as causing less than 10% of the damage caused by drilling with the Arborjet tool for TREE-äge. Emerald Tree Care LLC has used this combination treatment approach to ash trees since 2002, and currently is how the contract specifications are written for treating for Emerald Ash Borer in West Chicago, Roselle, Downers Grove, and Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

The Emerald Tree Care, LLC office is in Carol Stream. Email them at EmeraldTreeCareLLC@gmail.com

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Headlines are everywhere nowadays about the 11.5 million dollar bond that the City of Arlington Heights, Illinois approved in order to remove and replace their 13,000 city parkway ash trees.


Although many citizens are in an uproar over the decision to mortgage the future of the city in order to remove these ash trees that COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED, the truth is there is little else that could have been done by the time that decision was made. This fact became very evident at a meeting I was invited to attend in Arlington Heights near the end of 2011. I drove to Arlington Heights from Michigan just to attend that meeting. A neighborhood group angered at the marking of 177 ash trees for removal without prior news about the problem had asked for a moratorium on the cutting until they could be heard in a meeting. The city stopped the removal and opened up a public meeting. It was very well attended by several neighborhood groups concerned about the ash trees in the city. I was asked to give a short talk on the successes I have had with Emerald Ash Borer Treatment since 2002.

During the later discussion with the City representatives, I heard an amazing truth I had not realized before. A city cannot fund treatment of trees (viewed as maintenance) by borrowing with a bond. The city had a report where they were told that it would cost nearly $12,000,000 to remove and replace their ash trees, far more tha n the cost of treatment. That would be a one time capital cost and they COULD borrow that. It seems all too obvious to everyone that the better financial decision would be to try and treat them. But the reality was that the wheels of the political machine move very slowly and there was really no way that ANY treatment program would be agreed to and funded and implemented in time. Taking any money out of “Reserves” is a cancerous activity that is avoided at all costs by most properly run cities. Other cities in the Chicagoland area that WERE treating had started their process long before and many had already been treating for a few years. The ash trees in Arlington Heights need to be treated this spring (2012) or it would be too late for many of them. In some areas of the city it is already too late. The last chance effort to save anything at all would have to be done by the residents of the city itself. Block leaders are being solicited to try and get bands of people together to get their particular area treated by themselves with NO cost sharing by the city.

In the meantime they “found” $2 million dollars in this year’s budget (actually coming from reserves to be paid back out of the eventual bond funding) to start planning for some removals this year, and instead intend to “borrow” on the $11.5 million bond in 2013 to address the problem by removing and replacing the vast majority of their ash trees. While they could not ever be able to borrow the money to treat and save the city ash trees they WOULD be able to get the $12 million to remove and replace. How is that even possible you ask? The grim reality is that you CAN get huge sums of money by borrowing and mortgaging your city’s future when it is faced with a catastrophic situation. Namely the safety of the community when the dying and dead ash trees threaten life and property because they are very dangerous when they die and left standing. I am reminded of my grandmother’s wisdom in her telling me as a child not to be “Penny wise and pound foolish!” It would be wiser to borrow the smaller sum now to avoid the huge problem later, but their hands are tied.

But even so, this current municipal problem didn’t have to end in this disaster for Arlington Heights. We have known since July 17, 2002 that this insect had invaded the United States when it was first discovered in my back yard in Michigan. Successful Emerald Ash Borer Treatment programs have been in place in Michigan right from the beginning! Illinois first discovered EAB in 2006 and in the next couple of years it was discovered in an alarmingly fast growing list of cities all documented EVERY step of the way by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at their www.illinoiseab.com website. There had been several meetings at the Morton Arboretum that I attended where cities were encouraged to develop an EAB Management program if the EAB was confirmed within 15 miles of their city. Why are cities waiting until it is discovered IN their city before they do anything? They are almost denying it would ever get there when the fact is that it was GUARANTEED to get there and kill every ash tree in their city if they did not do something about it.

The following article is also quite enlightening.


This article brings to light the fact that some people in the decision making area of Arlington Heights were misinformed. Treatment costs and efficacy are simply not accurate leading to the incorrect conclusion that treatment costs would catch the cost of removal and replacement in about five years. Start with bad facts and get wrong conclusions.

Now it is too late, and they “have no choice” but to cut them down. Various Universities and arborists and PhD’s have studied this problem ad nauseum for all the years I have been treating and saving ash trees in five states. While I was leading the fight against the ash borer and personally landing contracts to treat such cities as Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Downers Grove, Roselle, and West Chicago, Illinois the “studies” have gone on. While I have been very vocal at my disappointment in our government and our educational community since 2002 when I started treating ash trees, I can now say they finally have it right! The Coalition for Urban Ash Tree Conservation put out a long awaited report on January 6, 2011 where they have clearly contradicted the mindset of Arlington Heights and other cities that are also just “giving up”and removing their ash trees instead of treating. Here is an exact quote from that report.

“However, despite availability of cost-effective treatments,
many municipalities, property managers, and homeowners
continue to rationalize tree removal as the only viable
management strategy for EAB. This is based on erroneous
beliefs that tree removal slows the spread of EAB, or that
treatment is not effective, economical, or environmentally
sound. Current science supports conservation via treatment as
a sensible and effective tool for managing healthy ash trees in
urban settings. In many cases, tree conservation is
economically and environmentally superior to tree removal.”

For the entire report THAT EVERY CITY FORESTER, PROPERTY MANAGER, AND HOMEOWNER should read before they decide to give up on their healthy ash tree, go to —> http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/conserve_ash.pdf

I guarantee you that if Arlington Heights had acted timely and had been properly educated that their city 10 years from now, would be looking at the same beautiful ash trees in their parkways that will be gracing the streets of cities like Roselle, Downers Grove, and West Chicago. Now it is entirely possible that many more cities might have ash trees also that survive but very few others are also treating and some are not using the same treatment methods that I believe in. I mention these three cities because I HAVE their contracts and I KNOW first hand that my treatments work. With my experience treating since 2002, I already know (Like Paul Harvey used say) “the rest of the story!”

If you would like to save your ash trees, contact me at Emerald Tree Care LLC.

If you are an Arlington Heights resident or “block leader” looking to find out how to SAVE YOUR ASH – you should contact me for help.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE! Together we can make a difference!


On Monday January 16, 2012, the City of West Chicago, Illinois in regular session assembled, authorized the Mayor, Michael Kwasman to approve Resolution No. 12-R-0008 authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Emerald Tree Care, LLC for Annual Emerald Ash Borer Insecticidal Treatments for Fiscal years 2012-2017. Emerald Tree Care LLC was contracted in 2011 by the City of West Chicago to provide this same Emerald Ash Borer Treatment to parkway ash trees within the City of West Chicago. An updated Press release from the City of West Chicago on July 28, 2011, can be read in full at http://www.westchicago.org/. I encourage every City Forester, City Trustee, and or councilman in neighboring cities within Chicagoland to review the forward thinking going on in Cities like West Chicago, Roselle, and Downers Grove. They know that it is less expensive to treat their trees than to remove them. They will have large green belt areas of ash in their cities in the future as a result of their approach to Emerald Ash Borer Treatment.

They are following the advice of the Coalition of Urban Ash tree Conservation that posted their report supporting Emerald ash borer treatment over removal on January 6, 2011.

Read their full report here — http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/conserve_ash.pdf

Board Certified Master Arborist, Wayne A. White, is employed by Emerald Tree Care LLC and has treated several large municipalities in previous years. Two other Illinois municipalities that Emerald Tree Care, LLC provided Emerald Ash Borer Treatment for in 2011, the City of Roselle and the Village of Downers Grove, have also renewed contracts for 2012 with Emerald Tree Care, LLC. Emerald Tree Care, LLC will offer any residents of these three cities (West Chicago, Roselle, and Downers Grove) a discounted rate to treat their own personal property ash trees for the same contract periods. Emerald Tree Care, LLC and Board Certified Master Arborist, Wayne A. White, can be contacted in Carol Stream at 630-480-4090 or emailed at savetheash@aol.com

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Make the move to save your ash trees now!

Nearly 200 cities in Illinois have confirmed Emerald Ash Borer infestations!

Call Board Certified Master Arborist, Wayne A. White today!