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The urban forest provides numerous benefits to people and the environment.  Trees provide shade, cool the surrounding air, provide screening for privacy or to hide unsightly views, improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce energy consumption.  They also provide habitat for birds and other wildlife in urbanized areas.  They do all of this while making our towns and cities more attractive places to live.

While trees in our urban and suburban environments provide us with many benefits, we need to provide them with the care that they need to continue to be assets to their communities and their owners.  Trees may develop health problems and need diagnosis by a professional to determine the cause and recommend treatment.  Perhaps a construction project is planned around a tree.  In this case, a tree protection plan greatly increases the tree’s chances of long term survival.  There may be concerns about what risks a tree poses to persons and/or property or whether a tree’s roots could be threatening utilities or building foundations.  Whatever the reason, a Certified Arborist trained in those areas of expertise is the person to consult.

Carol Kwan, ISA Certified Arborist        WE-6803A

Carol Kwan Consulting LLC strives to give the customer the best possible experience in working with a consulting arborist .  To learn more, please contact me at info@carolkwanconsulting.com.

 

 

Banyans under attack

I helped Honolulu Civil Beat reporter, Denby Fawcett, with her article Oahu’s Banyan Trees Are Under Attack, Many Are Dying. Visit http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2014/05/13/22070-denby-fawcett-oahus-banyan-trees-are-under-attack-many-are-dying/ to see the article. The Lobate Lac Scale has killed several weeping banyans (Ficus benjimina) and many more are in decline and will likely die soon. The stem gall wasp is killing the …

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Weeping banyan infested with lobate lac scale, Moanalua Gardens. Photo by Alvin Undan, Trees of Hawaii.

Lobate Lac Scale – a “Most Unwanted” Pest

             Lobate lac scale (Paratachardina pseudolobata) was discovered on Oahu at Moanalua Gardens during the Hawaii Tree Climbing Championship the first weekend in October 2012. To the large gathering of arborists, it was obvious that something was wrong with a weeping banyan (Ficus benjamina) there. It had major dieback and the part that wasn’t  dead was …

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