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Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby WestSideYuppie » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:55 pm

I noticed a number of spruce trees turning brown, up and down my street. My spouse found this:

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/ ... herbicide/
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby fennel » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:17 pm

Have you checked with the city yet? These guys ought to know if there has been any kind of spraying program underway:

Forestry Specialist, Forestry Section
1402 Wingra Creek Parkway
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 266-4816 Fax: 267-8696
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby WestSideYuppie » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:24 pm

The dead / dying trees that I've seen are typically on private property with weed-free lawns. If Imprelis is being applied (granted, many assumptions here), it is probably not being done by the city.

The gist of the article, and several others online, is that this herbicide is possibly killing spruce trees. It's apparently marketed as being effective against stubborn weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

Thankfully, there are plenty of weeds on the city park across the street from me. I'm unaware of the city using herbicides on grass.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby snoqueen » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:37 am

Apparently imprelis is being used mostly by commercial turf-care companies, so look at golf courses.

I haven't been past the Monona one (which is full of beautiful spruce trees) but I'm going that way today and I'll look. It would be horrible if all those died, they're one of the things that makes Monona pretty.

Don't mess with Mother Nature.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby Stu Levitan » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:55 am

As Papa Hambone said, "she bats last."
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby gargantua » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:25 am

snoqueen wrote:Apparently imprelis is being used mostly by commercial turf-care companies, so look at golf courses.

I haven't been past the Monona one (which is full of beautiful spruce trees) but I'm going that way today and I'll look. It would be horrible if all those died, they're one of the things that makes Monona pretty.

Don't mess with Mother Nature.


I golfed there this past week and everything looked healthy at that time. Except my golf game. Maybe I can blame that on herbicides.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby snoqueen » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Driving by the Monona course today, I thought the spruces looked all right. I saw a few dead deciduous trees -- a couple elms, a birch, and maybe two of what I thought had been littleleaf linden. I'm not sure what that means, if anything. I was relieved the spruces appeared OK.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:19 am

WestSideYuppie wrote:...stubborn weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

Our state flower is a weed?
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby barney » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:47 am

Henry Vilas wrote:
WestSideYuppie wrote:...stubborn weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

Our state flower is a weed?


It's only a weed if you don't like them in your perfectly-manicured homogenous turf blanket.

Incidentally, I saw a sign that said they are taking down the huge elm tree in front of the Education building on campus - apparently beetle infestation. That is sad, it's a beautiful tree.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby WestSideYuppie » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:28 pm

barney wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:
WestSideYuppie wrote:...stubborn weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

Our state flower is a weed?


It's only a weed if you don't like them in your perfectly-manicured homogenous turf blanket.

Incidentally, I saw a sign that said they are taking down the huge elm tree in front of the Education building on campus - apparently beetle infestation. That is sad, it's a beautiful tree.


LOL, a thread about a lawn herbicide, and we are quibbling over the definition of a weed. Just to reassure you of my smugness, my own lawn is a perfectly-pedicured humongous weed blanket.

My concern is about why there seem to be a noticeable number of dead or dying spruce trees within spitting distance of my house.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:40 pm

Got a spruce out front and it's doing fine. My closest neighbors have been TruGreen free for many years.
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Re: Got dead spruce trees in your hood?

Postby jman111 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:16 am

Saw a few spruce near the Duck Pond (Warner Park) on Friday that didn't look so good. The junipers looked much worse, though, so unsure if related.
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