Polk County Ranger speaks at Green Blades Garden Club meeting – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

Polk County Ranger Speaks at Green Blaze Garden Club Meeting

Published at 8:30 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Tryon’s Green Blaze Garden Club held its first meeting of the New Year on January 12th at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Ryan Searcy, Polk County Ranger for the North Carolina Forest Service, provided an informative program on two insects that have invaded our area, as well as warnings about potential intruders. Mr. Searcy provided recommendations for chemical and biological control of Woolly Adelgid, which is depleting hemlock trees, and Emerald Ash Borer, which is thinning out ash trees.

Mr. Searcy encouraged members to take an active role in eliminating the invasive Heaven Tree (Ailanthus altissima) to reduce the infestation of the spotted fruit fly, which is a serious problem elsewhere in the country.

Submitted by Mary Snoddy

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