Meet Your Midwest Plant Healthcare Expert
Midwest Regional Technical Manager
Meet Rob Baughman
Rob has joined the Arborjet team as the new Midwest Regional Technical Manager. He will support both Arborjet and Ecologel products in the turf, ornamental, and golf markets; developing new business around the country and providing technical knowledge to lawn care operation, landscape and all other sectors of the green industry.
Before joining Arborjet Rob was a Senior Landscape Designer with a design/ build firm in Hawthorn Woods, IL. During his time there, he worked on multiple projects, four of which earned awards from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. He specialized in large in properties with unique features, starting with the design of the property and working his way through to the installation process. Once the project was at this stage, he would then coordinate with subcontractors and his team to finalize the install. Rob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from South Illinois University.
Rob found his passion for the green industry through his love of the outdoors. While in college, Rob would frequent Shawnee National Forest just south of South IL University. This is where he decided that he wanted to pursue a career pertaining to nature and the outdoors. The beautiful trees and water ways felt like home to him.
Have you seen these pests on your home?
These pests have been causing destruction throughout the Mid-West. Arborjet offers environmentally responsible tree and plant care treatments that help to combat Emerald Ash Borer, Oak Wilt, Mites, Chlorosis, and More.
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Emerald Ash Borer
This metallic wood boring beetle was found in Detroit, Michigan and Ontario, Canada in 2002, and has continued to spread into neighboring states and eventually across the U.S. and Canada.
The fungus is spread through root grafts between neighboring trees and by insects. Red Oaks are particularly susceptible to oak wilt. The infection causes leaf discoloration, defoliation and death in a very short period of time (from two months to one year).
Conifer Spider Mites
Spider mites infest a variety of conifer species, including pines, spruce, hemlocks, arborvitaes and others. The mites pierce and suck nutrients from conifer needles.
Because spider mites are so tiny, the easiest way to diagnose infestation is to take a twig sample from your conifer and beat it against a white piece of paper; the spider mites will appear as moving brown specks on the paper. Spider mites create webbing at the base of needles and branches.
This condition, if allowed to progress, will cause slow growth, leaf loss, and eventually tree death. Chlorosis is often caused by deficiencies of the micro-elements iron and manganese, and is particularly prevalent in oak.