Did you know?
White Pine Blister Rust is a non-native, aggressive pathogen first introduced in North America in 1909. In addition to pine trees, the fungus also infects gooseberry and currant shrubs, scientifically known as the Ribes species.
To combat the spread of the disease to pine trees, Ribes were quarantined and eradicated in the northeastern United States through the 1960s. Over the years, Ribes plants were cultivated to have immunity to the White Pine Blister Rust. Under pressure from commercial berry producers, many of the bans were lifted or modified to accommodate the sale of Ribes plants that were bred with immunity to the disease.
After the Ribes bans were lifted, a new genetically-mutated strain of the pathogen appeared in 2008, and the White Pine Blister Rust is once again a concern for the long-term health of the eastern white pine in New England. Young white pine trees are at most risk. Symptoms of the disease include browning needles along with stem and trunk lesions. If you are concerned the trees in your yard may be affected with disease or infestation, call or text Eric for your free consultation.
What Hartford CT Customers Are Saying About Eric’s Tree Service
David is a repeat customer of ours, which we consider the highest compliment. Read what he has to say:
“This is the second time that I hired Eric to remove several large trees, the first time two years ago after the Halloween storm. This year, the project scope was to remove two large maples that were near the street, both very close to the power lines, as well as removal of two pines and some trim around the borders of the house.
His crew arrived when they said they would, were very professional, and did a great job performing the tasks and cleanup. Eric took care of all of the details, from scheduling traffic control police, to stump grinding and log removal. His pricing was very reasonable, and I would certainly hire him again! ” – David, Hartford, CT Customer