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Our Tree Surgeon is an acrobat and a Fireman...

We have about 30 Coco Palm trees on our property, and we are under attack!  We are getting the same kind of problems that we used to have in Oregon, where pine beetles (and other pests) attacked and killed our pines, firs and Madrone trees.  Those insects are decimating the forests of the US and Canada.

In our Yard we had a perfectly healthy and high producing coconut palm tree, go from beautiful to dead in two weeks!  Now,  we know that we had the problem for a long time before.   The grubs that infest the palm tree keep eating away at the insides until there is no way to support life.

Here is the tree...  

 We asked around for a treatment that would keep the rest of our palm trees alive, and not hurt the iguanas, birds, and chickens.  In addition, we told people that our trees were about 40 feet high...

Well, everyone had an idea of what to do, but we couldn't get anyone to do the job, until Manual, one of our best workers, suggested a man who is a neighbor and an officer in the local fire department.

Antonio showed up to tell us that all of our trees were infected, and that it would do not good to only do some of the more prolific and pretty trees, they all must be treated.

Treatment is something like this--all dead pods and branches must be cut off, fronds must be dusted with poison to kill eggs which eventually turn into grubs, and grub holes must be treated with poison to stop their burrowing, and then the tree must have about two liters of poison dumped over all the new growth, to trickle down into the rest of the vulnerable parts of the crown.

All this is done while perching precariously at the top of a really tall ladder, standing on hardly any support...take a look...

 

 OSHA would have a heart attack here...notice highly polished street shoes and no hard hat...not to mention precarious base for ladder...and no safety harness.

These two photos give you an idea of how high they are going...

  

 

Antonio actually leaves the ladder and climbs into the top of the tree to administer poison.

  

 

Here are a couple of shots of the trees after being cleaned up and treated...not bad!

   

Antonio and his two helpers complete the treatment of 30 trees on Monday and hopefully these treatments will give our trees a new lease on life...

Cost of all of this special work   $200.

Posted on Sun, May 13, 2012 at 08:26AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Hey! I like your post. Thanks for posting.

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersandra

wow, that was some intense work. Glad you have your go to guy for the trees. Hope the treatment works,it would be horrible to loose those beautiful palms!

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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