Meet Your Midwest Plant Healthcare Expert
Midwest Regional Technical Manager
In early 2018, Kevin joined the Arborjet team, accepting a position which supports 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 and Ecologel, Kevin worked as an Agronomic Technical Specialist with John Deere Landscapes, where he supported sales staff and end users in developing sound agronomic programs. Prior to this, he had over 20 years of experience in the golf industry as a superintendent for both private and public golf courses, managing all aspects of course maintenance, staff maintenance and pesticide applications. Kevin is licensed as a commercial applicator in Ohio for turf, general weed control and aquatics, and earned an Applied Sciences degree from Ohio State University in turf grass management.
Kevin is an avid golfer outside of work. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, and working with his dogs.
Have you seen these pests on your turf?
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.