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“It’s difficult to control peach tree borers with pesticides because the destructive larvae are deep within the tree where pesticides can’t reach them. However, the biological pesticide Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) or beneficial nematodes can be injected into the borer holes with a needle-less garden syringe. Both products will kill the borer if injected into an active hole. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service found that applications of the beneficial nematode Steinernema carpocapsae were able to control peach tree borers as well as chemical applications in small field trials.”

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, on the peach tree borer — which are the larvae of a species of day-flying, clear-winged moth. They attack peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines and apricots.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pecan tree. Photo by Twitter user @CBS11Jack

Pecan tree. Photo by Twitter user @CBS11Jack

“This is all that’s left of pecan tree. Certified arborist says after recent rains, trees falling w/o warning.”

Jack Fink, @CBS11Jack, news reporter at KTVT-TV CBS-11 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

(also pictured above)

 

 

 

 

Believe it or notRedPine

In the Northeast and lake states, some conifers (white pine and red pine) may live 100 to 150 years, while Jack pines live 80 to 100 years. Mixed hardwoods (maples and oaks) might live beyond 150 years.

 

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$15 billion — What bees provide (in value) to the U.S. economy, according to a report released by the White House. The federal government recently announced a plan to bolster honeybee and butterfly populations.