In many instances, effective problem solving or prevention means getting back to basics. The foundation of a house, the immune system of the human body, or in this case, the trunk of a tree.

Microinjection technology provides a unique opportunity to focus on the trunk itself to help cure disease, control insects and prevent damage to the tree. Prime candidates for microinjection treatment include trees at high risk of insect damage, disease, drought and physical trauma.

Trees with restricted roots, damaged root systems or those competing with turf and other plants also benefit greatly from this tactic. Microinjection can be especially helpful as a preventative measure in situations where it’s hard to detect diseases before they take hold.

Like in a doctor’s office, the first step is to diagnose the problem and find the right product to combat it. Whether it’s an insect problem, a specific tree disease or simply malnutrition, determining the source of the problem will point you toward the solution.

When combating an insect infestation, for example, microinjection of an insecticide containing Dinotefuran — like Dinocide, from Mauget — can be particularly effective. It penetrates into the trees’ xylem and phloem, and can yield results in as little as three days.

To properly treat the tree, you’ll need to measure its diameter to determine the correct dosage. Then, follow the application directions and inject the capsules into the base of the tree, as close to the ground as possible. Finally, monitor the tree to ensure that the injection treatment restores its health over the following days and weeks.

Another benefit of microinjection technology is that it reduces waste and protects the surrounding area from unwanted application. This makes it perfect for use in environmentally sensitive areas such as schools, parks, zoos, amusement parks, high-traffic urban areas and areas near water (to avoid contamination). In these environments, broad application of chemicals is often unacceptable. Microinjection technology is not only effective for the tree, but also safer for the public.