Discovery Forestry Celebrates 100th EpisodeJanuary 3, 2023
Discovery Forestry Celebrates 100th Episode
Discovering Forestry Podcast, the industry’s only podcast focused on all things tree and landscape is celebrating its 100th episode January 2nd 2023. The podcast’s hosts, Joe Aiken & Korey Lofy combine over 60 years of industry knowledge and experience and discuss some of the trends, concerns, and opportunities in the fields of forestry and arboriculture, including the latest technologies developed by Arborjet | Ecologel where both hosts are employed.
Korey Lofy, co-host and producer of Discovering Forestry is Arborjet’s Rocky Mountain Territory Manager and helps tree care companies and municipalities in the Rocky Mountain region grow their plant healthcare programs. “We started the podcast with the goal of educating people about the importance of preserving trees, and it has grown into so much more than we ever imagined. We’re helping our listeners discover new trends in the industry and guiding tree and plant care professionals on how to grow their business, and we’re really having a lot of fun doing it,” says Lofy, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a B.S. Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation, and Interpersonal Communication. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with a pesticide applicator’s license in four states and is the ISA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter’s 2021 Arborist of the Year.
Joe Aiken, Regional Technical Manager for the Great Lakes region, has 35-plus years experience in the tree care industry. Aiken has worked in all phases of tree care, both as a licensed applicator and an ISA certified arborist. He routinely conducts product seminars and presentations on various arboriculture topics, which are attended by arborists, city foresters, plant health care technicians, master gardeners, university extension agents, grounds departments, and research personnel. He shares the belief and goal of tree preservation, and the importance of educating others on the benefit of environmentally sustainable solutions for maintaining and caring for the world’s urban forests. He is a founding member of the Arboriculture Society of the Michigan Foundation, and Curator of the Arboriculture Historical Society helping spearhead the first ever Arboriculture Museum in Detroit, MI. on Belle Isle State Park. He also serves as the committee chair for the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship, and works with the ISA International Historic committee helping share 100 years of Arboriculture with the world!
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Arborjet | Ecologel Recognized as BioPreferred Champions by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).November 15, 2022
Arborjet | Ecologel, leaders in plant health care, are pleased to announce they have been recognized as BioPreferred Champions by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ecologel Solutions, LLC was an official Pioneer of the program as one of the first 500 companies to earn the right to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on a certified product. As Program Participants, both Arborjet and Ecologel have been instrumental in the success of the USDA BioPreferred® Program, which is celebrating 20 years as the Federal Government’s official advocate and market accelerator for biobased products.
“We are thrilled with this honor which signifies both company’s long-term commitment to using products that are environmentally friendly, and promote sustainability by using renewable resource materials. The USDA biobased label provides added comfort to our customers in knowing that the products they are using to help save the world’s water supply are produced using renewable organic carbon components,” said Rick Irwin, President of Ecologel Solutions, LLC.
Arborjet | Ecologel BioPreferred products tested and certified for their biobased content include:
● Hydretain Root Zone Moisture Manager, certified to contain 93% biobased content, reduces watering requirements by up to 50% while also increasing nutrient uptake.
● NutriRoot 2-2-3, with a biobased rating of 86% is a unique blend of nutrients, seaweed extract, humic acid, surfactants, and humectants designed to increase root development and reduce water stress.
According to USDA Rural Development, “the goal of the “BioPreferred Program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. It was first introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill with the goal of increasing the development, purchase, and use of biobased products. It requires federal agencies, and contractors to give purchasing preference to biobased products.”
This program has participation from businesses in 47 countries and more than 1,500 companies across the U.S. The program reports over a 500% increase in certification of upstream materials from 2015 to 2022. This includes products cataloged as eligible for federal purchasing preference across 139 product categories, and an increase in reporting of biobased purchases by federal contractors nationwide.
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About: Arborjet | Ecologel are partners in plant care with a focus on environmentally responsible solutions for tree injection technologies, water conservation, and plant nutrition. Arborjet Inc. focuses on providing the most effective formulations and delivery systems to protect trees, shrubs, and plants from a wide variety of insect, disease, and nutritional concerns. Ecologel Solutions LLC. is a long standing, premier developer and manufacturer of innovative products for water conservation, plant nutrition and pond and lake management. Together, both companies are backed by years of research, and remain committed to advancing the industries they serve through thought leadership, product and technology development, scientific research, and exceptional customer service. Arborjet | Ecologel is a proud supporter of Project Evergreen,”working to create a greener, healthier, and cooler Earth.”
Award Winning Landscaper Cuts Water Use in HalfOctober 13, 2022
With California and much of the west experiencing severe heat and drought, an award winning landscape professional is proving that healthy landscapes are still possible using half the water. With products provided by Arborjet | Ecologel, industry leaders in plant health care and water conservation, landscapers such as Ed Wallace, Midwest Landscaping are offering their clients environmentally sustainable solutions.
Proven Treatment for Spotted LanternflyAugust 11, 2022
Arborjet Inc., based in Woburn and a leader in plant health care, has developed a proven and effective
treatment solution to help mitigate the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) discovered this week in Springfield,
Massachusetts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture this invasive pest “could be the most
destructive species in 150 years.”
To treat trees for the Spotted Lanternfly, professional applicators apply a systemic micro-injectable
product IMA-jet and ACE-jet. “In field trials, this treatment proved successful in eliminating the pest from
the host tree and reducing honeydew and sooty mold production and egg masses,” said Don Grosman
Ph. D., Technology Advancement Manager & Entomologist at Arborjet.
“Arborjet uses the latest and most effective technology, injecting and sealing the formulation in the tree’s
vascular system. Nothing is placed in the soil or into the air, making it a more sustainable treatment
option, with far greater efficacy than other methods,” states Russ Davis, Arborjet President and CEO.
The Spotted Lanternfly nymphs and adults will feed on a wide range of over 100 different plant species,
including grape, hops, grasses and fruit trees, and other trees, particularly Tree of Heaven, walnut,
maple, birch, and others, posing a serious threat to agriculture and tourism. The pest sucks the sap from
plants and trees and produces a sticky residue called honeydew, which promotes sooty mold growth.
People moving infested materials have aided its rapid spread. Adults lay 1-inch-long egg masses in the
fall on nearly anything from tree trunks and rocks to vehicles and firewood. With no native predator, the
Spotted Lanternfly population has flourished.
For further information, please visit: Goodbye Spotted Lanternfly.
About: Arborjet | Ecologel
Arborjet | Ecologel, are leaders in plant health care, and in the development and manufacturing of innovative products
for water conservation, dust mitigation, and plant nutrition. In 2018 Ecologel Solutions partnered with Arborjet, Inc. to
offer an expanded lineup of environmentally responsible tree and plant healthcare products to broaden the expert
resources they provide. For over 20 years, Arborjet has focused on providing the most effective formulations and
delivery systems to protect trees, shrubs, and plants from a wide variety of insect, disease, and nutritional concerns.
Backed by years of research, and as premier solutions providers, Arborjet | Ecologel is committed to advancing the
industries it serves through thought leadership, product and technology development, scientific research, and
exceptional customer service.
Discovery of Highly Invasive EAB in OregonJuly 21, 2022
Emerald Ash borer (EAB) has recently been discovered in the state of Oregon. Arborjet | Ecologel, a leader in plant health, offers treatment options to help mitigate the spread of EAB, and provides educational opportunities for municipalities and communities to learn about the risks and treatment options to protect and preserve urban tree canopy. Saving mature trees helps to reduce CO2 production, energy costs, and stormwater runoff while also maintaining property values.
“There are many treatment options available for EAB. However, not all chemicals deliver the same results. EAB has been highly researched since its initial detection in 2002. There are over 16 years of research and publications available about treatment and management strategies. Oregon is fortunate in this regard, as we are not starting from scratch. Now is a great time for everyone to familiarize themselves with the pest and the options available,” said Korey Lofy, Rocky Mountain Regional Technical Manager.
Emerald Ash Borer is a bright metallic green beetle originally found in eastern Asia. The tiny beetle feeds and breeds exclusively on ash trees.The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. As of July 2022, EAB is now found in 36 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. Since its discovery, it has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America, and is believed to be the most destructive forest pest in North America.
Signs and symptoms of EAB infested ash trees include:
● Thinning canopy
● Bark splits on limbs in upper canopy
● Epicormic sprouts
● Woodpecker activity
● Small D shaped exit holes
● Serpentine galleries beneath the bark
Five years ago, Arborjet launched a company-wide initiative called “Saving America’s Iconic Trees,” to ensure the health and longevity of the country’s trees. The campaign targets America’s most beloved trees, offering complimentary treatment to prevent insects, disease and poor health. Arborjet has donated high-profile treatments and hosted educational events across the country. They invite homeowners, state, city, town and municipal leaders to nominate iconic trees in their communities for potential recognition and treatment.
For additional information or further inquiries, please contact:
Korey Lofy – Rocky Mountain Regional Technical Manager
Main: 781.935.9070 Ext.200 • Cell: 970.531.7290
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Browntail MothMay 9, 2022
Arborjet | Ecologel, a leader in plant health, offers successful injection treatment for the browntail moth, which has recently made a strong resurgence across the northeast. Experts predict this will be a bad year for the invasive insect, “possibly the worst it’s been in over 100 years.”
The browntail moth was accidentally introduced into Somerville, Massachusetts from Europe in the late 1800’s. By the 20th century, the insect had spread to all of the New England states, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Maine Forestry Department says that browntail moth populations are again building in Maine and in areas along the coastal northeast.
The larval stage (caterpillar) of this insect feeds on the foliage of hardwood trees and shrubs including: oak, shadbush, apple, cherry, beach plum, and rugosa rose. This causes reduction of growth and occasional mortality of trees and shrubs. Arborjet offers an environmentally responsible tree injection treatment, TREE-äge R10, to control the browntail moth populations for up to two years. Technicians at Arborjet state “ACE-jet is also an important part of spring treatment, providing fast knockdown of the pest.” The effective methods inject and seal the treatments directly into a tree’s vascular system so nothing seeps into the air or soil.
“We have been using TREE-äge® to treat against browntail moths in Maine with great success. Arborjet products and injection methods have combined to make us a business leader in this public health nuisance related to the moths. We can safely treat near the water, playgrounds, parks and other places to protect people and save the trees,” said Morgan Bartlett, Wicked Tick.
While feeding damage causes concern, the browntail moth’s primary impact on people results from contact with poisonous hairs produced by the caterpillars. Microscopic, toxic hairs break off the caterpillars and can be airborne or settle on surfaces. Sensitive individuals who encounter the hairs may develop a skin rash similar to poison ivy and/or have trouble breathing.
“Timely treatment is even more important with the bowntail moth than most other leaf-feeding insects because of the risk to humans posed by contact with their hairs. Treatments can be done in the spring when caterpillar larvae become active, as leaf expansion occurs, beginning in May into June. If infestations persist in your area, then treatment is recommended again in the early fall, when new caterpillars emerge from egg masses. This will significantly reduce the severity of infestation the following season,” said Rob Gorden, Director of Urban Forestry and Business Development for Arborjet.
Gorden will be hosting a webinar on leaf eating caterpillars on May 11.
For further information,please contact:
Kevin Brewer – Northeast Technical Manager
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
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AzaSol is now available in a new one pound containerApril 12, 2022
Arborjet | Ecologel, a leader in plant health care, announces AzaSol is now available in a new one pound container. The new size is ideal for growers to landscape professional use, including: tree injection, agriculture, and indoor growing facilities especially those that use integrated pest management programs or IPM which “aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level.”
Spongy moth formerly known as Gypsy MothApril 5, 2022
Arborjet | Ecologel, a leader in plant health care and water conservation technology, urges residents and municipalities to treat for one of New England’s oldest and most persistent insect pests, the spongy moth, formerly known as Gypsy Moth. Originally introduced to the United States in the 1800s to help manufacture silk, it was accidently released into the wild and has since become established, causing extensive foliar damage to a diverse array of deciduous trees.
’22 New HiresMarch 31, 2022
Woburn, MA. Mar.31, 2022: Arborjet | Ecologel, a leader in plant health care, is pleased to announce a range of company-wide, new hires. Zachary Peterson has been appointed as Midwest Regional Sales Manager. He will be supporting the commercial turf markets across this region. Peterson comes with a wealth of experience in the green industry, most recently as the Grounds Manager for the Milwaukee Brewers for almost five years. Prior to his time in Milwaukee, Peterson worked at Mariani Landscape in Lake Bluff, IL. He holds a degree in Turfgrass Management from Purdue University.