Summer 2019

Invasive Pests Update

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB is a metallic green insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada — including ash trees in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Experts estimate that, without intervention, all ash trees could be destroyed by EAB within a decade. We are recommending that everyone with ash trees on their property discuss a management plan for EAB with their arborist — whether it is treatment or tree removal. Almstead has been at the forefront of the fight against EAB since 2016.

Visit our dedicated Emerald Ash Borer portal for more information or to schedule an arborist visit.


Spotted Lanternfly

There is evidence that nature might be fighting back against the Spotted Lanternfly. Scientists have found two naturally-occurring fungi — Batkoa major and Beauveria bassiana — that are infecting and killing lanternflies. However, until commercial formulations of the fungi are available, lanternfly is still controlled through a combination of physical removal of life stages and host trees and pesticide applications. The insect has so far been reported in eight New York counties including Albany, Monroe, Yates and Suffolk. Nymphs are black with white spots that turn red as adults. They are approximately 1-inch long and ½-inch wide at rest, with eye-catching wings.

If you spot one on your property, take a picture and send it to your arborist or report it to

In This Issue:

Almstead Around Town

We continued our tradition of celebrating Arbor Day by participating in many significant events in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut during April and May. They included tree plantings, talks by arborists at local schools, kids tree climbing stations, and booths at several Arbor Day festivals and events... (more)

Boxwood Blight is Here

Boxwood (Buxus sp.), because of its vibrant green color and woody evergreen growth, is an important but frequently over-utilized ornamental shrub on some landscapes. It is known to get infected by a number of plant diseases...” (more)

DutchTrig: A New Vaccine for Dutch Elm Disease

Almstead has partnered with BTL Bomendienst, manufacturers of the vaccine DutchTrig, to treat elm trees in several New York parks against Dutch Elm Disease (DED). Although it has been used in Europe since the early 1990s, DutchTrig is new to the United States... (more)

Lawn Care: Summer Tips

Summer can bring quite a bit of stress to lawns. In addition to keeping it healthy while temperatures soar, it also needs to withstand the foot traffic from barbecues, games and parties. Here are our recommendations for July and August (keeping in mind that sites, situations and conditions vary)... (more)


Congratulations to Jonathan Peragine and Jamie Gonzalez-Moran for participatting in the 2019 Connecticut Tree Climbing Competition. Jonathan took first place in the Throw Line Accuracy event!. Also congratulations to Darresa Rodriguez or placing in the NYC Half-Marathon... (more)

Places To Visit

We love climbing trees. Now you can too at Boundless Adventures! Located on the college campus of SUNY Purchase, NY, it is a park that features nine eco-friendly treetop obstacle courses to challenge outdoor fun-seekers, ages seven and up... (more)

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Letter from the CEO


April and May are probably our favorite months of the year because we get to celebrate Arbor Day in the various communities we serve. It is a tradition started by my father, Richard Almstead, more than 50 years ago. Over the years, we have been able to develop strong relationships with community organizations, including schools... (more)

Organic Tick & Mosquito Control


The CDC recommends controlling the tick population in your yard. When applied properly, tick controls can be extremely effective. One of the options we use is CedarCure™ which is organic and uses cedar wood oil to kill and repel ticks. In addition to treating your property, our arborists can make recommendations on how to make your yard a less tick-friendly environment.





Spraying your yard for mosquitoes can help keep you and your family safe. Almstead offers safe and effective mosquito control options, including the organic MosquitoCure™, which contains a mixture of Cedarwood Oil, Lemongrass oil, Citronella Oil, Rosemary Oil, Garlic Oil, and Red Thyme Oil, and is highly effective in controlling mosquitoes while being safe for children and pets.


Call your branch office for more information or visit

Trees to Consider:

Green Giant Arborvitae

Green Giant Arborvitae is a hybrid cross between western redcedar and Japanese arborvitae. It is a large, hardy evergreen with a pyramidal to conical, uniform appearance. It is extremely popular as a screen or hedge in landscapes... (more)

Gearing Up For Safety

Almstead is a company that has always had work-safety as its top priority. We go well beyond just conforming to required OSHA safety standards for our industry. It is a cornerstone of our TCIA accreditation and includes weekly tailgate safety meetings as well as formal classroom training through the use of videos and presentations. This year, we also introduced high-visibility shirts and chainsaw pants from Arborwear (the leading supplier of quality tree care clothing and frequently seen on the TV show  Treehouse Masters) to the spring uniforms of our tree-care crew.



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Upper Westchester (North of I-287)

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Fairfield County, Connecticut

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