Mistletoe Abatement Program Fall 2005

It’s that time of the year again. Most of the trees have gone through their defoliation stage and the mistletoe is now visible. The efforts put forth by the Tree Crews over the last several years are paying off for us.

Abatement has been in progress since the middle of November and will continue until the cycle is complete. We have identified the areas with the heaviest concentrations of mistletoe and will be working those areas first. The mistletoe is not nearly as heavy as in past years. Most of the large clumps are basketball to beach ball in size compared to the VW size we had several years back. The trees with the heaviest infestations again are the Modesto Ash. The areas of heaviest concentrations are for the most part isolated pockets where there are a large number of the older and larger Ash trees. There are a lot of sporadic occurrences where only a few trees are infested in a two or three block area. These will be done last or when we have a request or during regular pruning operations.

There are two crews, each consisting of a Tree Trimmer and Chipper Operator committed to mistletoe abatement for the season. The remaining tree personnel will be doing Work Orders, corrective and seasonal pruning and special requests.

The areas we identified as priorities are as follows and are listed in the order in which we will be doing them.

Northwood Drive had a heavy concentration and abatement was completed last week.

On the North side of town the Cherokee, Seminole, Seneca and surrounding areas has heavy concentrations and is currently being worked with about 50% completion to date.

Also on the North side of town in the Tahoe and Tenaya Drive areas there is a heavy concentration of infested trees. This area will be worked after the Seneca area is complete.

On the East side of town in the Brimmer and Carmel areas, there is also a heavy concentration and the crews will move in there after the Tahoe area is complete.

When these areas are complete the crews will begin working East to West beginning from the South side and will concentrate on the sporadic infestations. This will complete the cycle and should all go well we should be finished before the trees begin to leaf out next spring.