Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: New pest in PA, new reason to not like Ailanthus

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
May 21, 2017 6:10 AM CST
http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/...

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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
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Eric4home
May 21, 2017 10:50 AM CST
I agree Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), has been a problem for quite awhile really. Once it gets a foothold it spreads by the roots and takes a vigilant effort to eradicate. A friend fought a small stand at his property for years. One of the methods we used was Roundup on sprouts, which ends up creating a dead zone. Another thing we tried was injecting a more concentrated mix under the cambium so as to infuse it into the vascular system, this seemed to be more effective and more targeted. I use a variation on runners coming from our Chinese Wisteria, I cut them off and insert the end into a vial of vine killer and let them commit suicide, very effective and targeted. Thumbs up
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
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Eric4home
May 21, 2017 1:02 PM CST
I think the lanternfly my be our next stinkbug. I'll send news of that to my whole email list, asking them to report any finding to the local horticulture extension office. I think the natural process is working on the stinkbug, that insect predators and natural diseases have decimated the stinkbug population to the point it's not of major impact as it was say 5 years ago. It's like teaching Caribbean Moray eels to eat lion fish. Many dive masters encourage this behavior, because they are not familiar with this potential food source. The dive masters are allowed to spear lion fish, in most places and they try to encourage local species to feed on them. Thus speeding up the natural selection process. D'Oh!
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
May 21, 2017 6:16 PM CST
I'm all for natural systems to overcome stresses by unwelcome and invasive exotic species. Except when that doesn't work.

If one had a business was in growing grapes in PA (or anywhere nearby) or in any business affiliated with/dependent upon vineyards and wineries, one would not be interested in waiting for any sort of natural selection to take place. One would be interested in exterminating this invasive exotic, and now.

I think drunk drivers are likely to be victims of natural selection. The sad part: they always manage to take others with them in the process. I vote that they be stopped before that happens.
John

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