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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., July 15, 2018

Contacts & Sources

 Organizational Contacts       Treatment Products       Soil Injectors       Professionals       Trees

Organizational Contacts

For questions and advice about hemlocks, the woolly adelgid and how to recognize it, treatment options, instructions for treating your trees, or other related concerns, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010. 

Property owner associations and other organizations may also call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to set up a group presentation, planning for your hemlock preservation project, or special training for volunteers to treat your trees.

 Telephone  Hemlock Help LineSM 706-429-8010
 Physical & mailing address  37 Woody Bend
 Dahlonega, GA  30533
 Email for info & general inquiries  Donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org
 Contact to sign up for service
 & educational events
 Kim Wood
 706-455-2313
 kimberlyraewood@gmail.com
 Cafe Press to order SGH logo items      http://www.cafepress.com/savegeorgiashemlocks

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Sources for Treatment Products

Recommended Products -- For lightly to moderately infested hemlocks, Imidacloprid 75% WSP or 22.6% 2F (sold under various brand names) is the recommended treatment.  For heavily infested or very large infested hemlocks, a different product containing Dinotefuran (sold as Safari 20 SG or Transtect 70WSP) is recommended.  In addition to these primary products, there are other consumer products that do-it-yourselfers may consider.  Click below for:

Retail Sources for Property Owners -- HWA treatment products are available from many sources, including the Internet.  Below is a partial list of local retailers that carry them; this list by city is meant for information purposes only, not as a company endorsement.  The GA Forestry Commission’s web site also has a list of insecticide vendors.  If you know of other retailers that should be added to the list, please let us know. 

We suggest you call ahead to be sure the product you want is in stock; if it isn't, you may request the company to order the product for you.  And if you will need a substantial quantity of treatment product, it's a good idea to call more than one supplier to compare products, prices, and any available volume discounts before making your choice.  If you need advice or have questions on the most appropriate treatment product to use for special circumstances, the quantity needed, product characteristics, etc., please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

I = Imidacloprid products, D = Dinotefuran (Safari 20 SG)

 Retail Sources for Property Owners

 Phone Number

I D
 Alpharetta, GA - John Deere Landscapes  770-607-3226 X  
 Alpharetta, GA - Regal Chemical  800-621-5208 X X
 Americus, GA - Red River Specialties  229-924-9459 X X
 Atlanta, GA - Toccoa Solutions  770-630-8873 X X
 Blairsville, GA - Nelson's Ace Farm & Garden  706-745-6380 X  
 Blue Ridge, GA - Fannin County Co-op  706-632-5425 X X
 Buford, GA - Site One Landscaping Supply 770-831-9232 X X
 Clayton, GA - Reeves Feed & Farm Supply  706-960-9090 X X
 Cleveland, GA - Ash Brothers 706-865-2124 X  
 Cleveland, GA - White County Farmers Exchange  706-865-2831 X X
 Cumming, GA - FIS Outdoor 770-733-9180 X X
 Dahlonega, GA - True Value Hardware  706-864-1217 X  
 Dahlonega, GA - Anderson Feed & Supply  706-864-3364 X  
 Ellijay, GA - Ace Hardware  706-635-2236 X  
 Ellijay, GA - Southwind Feed & Farm Supply 706-635-3277 X  
 Jasper, GA - Garner Ace Hardware 706-692-5929 X  
 Jasper, GA - SouthScape  706-253-0033 X  
 LaFayette, GA - Southeastern Farmers Co-op 706-638-3889 X  
 LaFayette, GA - Ace Hardware 706-638-1732 X  
 Norcross, GA - Do My Own Pest Control
 www.domyownpestcontrol.com
866-581-7378 X X
 Suwanee, GA - Do Your Own Pest Control
 http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com
770-904-3626 X X
 Suwanee, GA - Helena Chemical Company  770-945-0686 X X

 

 Hendersonville, NC - Southern Ag 800-627-1121 X X
 Indianapolis, IN - TreeStuff  877-408-7337 X X
 Knoxville, TN - TIPCO 800-827-0532 X X

 

Special Notes to Property Owners -- Merit 75% WSP is Bayer's original Imidacloprid product for treating HWA.  However, there are quite a few generic formulations in liquid or powdered form that are chemically equivalent, equally effective, and much less expensive.  When you call to order Imidacloprid, specify that you want a "generic product containing at least 21% Imidacloprid for treating hemlock woolly adelgids."  Then the store will be able to tell you the appropriate product to buy.  See the Chemical Controls page for a list of products.

Safari 20 SG is a water-soluble granule containing Dinotefuran and is packaged in either a 12-ounce or 3-pound container.  It comes with a specially marked measuring cup to use for measuring the product.  Transtect 70 WSP is a similar water-soluble powder and is packed in a canister containing twenty 0.6-ounce packets, but it's difficult to find in the southeast.  There is currently no generic version of these products.

Wholesale Sources for Professionals and Retailers -- We want to encourage as many retailers as possible to carry HWA treatment products in the hope that if property owners can find them locally, they will save more hemlocks.  Therefore, to make it easier for retailers to find wholesalers that sell the appropriate products, we've developed a partial list of insecticide wholesalers for the southeastern market.  This alphabetical list is meant for information purposes only, not as a company endorsement.  If you know of other wholesalers that should be added to the list, please let us know.

Wholesalers for Southeastern Market

 BWI,  Norcross 770-515-8000  Regal Chemical, Alpharetta 800-621-5208
 Do-My-Own-Pest-Control,  Norcross
 www.domyownpestcontrol.com
866-581-7378  Residex - Target Specialty, Norcross  770-409-8711
 Do-Your-Own -Pest-Control,  Suwanee
 http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com
770-904-3626  Southern Ag, Hendersonville, NC  800-627-1121
 GROSouth,  Atlanta 800-282-3682  TIPCO, Knoxville, TN 800-827-0532
 Helena Chemical Co.,  Suwanee                         770-945-0686  Toccoa Solutions, Atlanta 770-630-8873
 John Deere ,  Alpharetta 770-442-8881  Tree Stuff, Indianapolis, IN 877-408-7337   
 Red River Specialties,  Americus 229-924-9459  White Cnty Farmers Exchange, Cleveland 706-865-2831

Sources for Soil Injectors

Borrowing -- Once you have acquired the necessary treatment product, you may call one of the locations listed below and request to borrow a soil injector.  In addition, quite a few neighborhood associations (a few of which are listed here) have purchased injectors for lending to residents.  There is no fee for borrowing an injector from the Georgia Forestry Commission or UGA Extension Service, but a refundable deposit may be required; neighborhood associations may have their own requirements.

Note:  The kind of soil injectors available from each borrowing location may vary: handheld Kioritz, backpack 1-Two Root Injector, or handheld EZ-Ject Lite.  The mixing and dosing instructions for each of these units are different, so please call the Hemlock Help Line to be sure you're using the right ones.

 County/Contact   Location  Phone Number
 Dade
 
GFC Ranger
 
 GA Forestry Commission
 156 Robert Ryan Jr. Rd.
 Trenton, GA 30752
 706-657-4211
 Dawson
 GFC Ranger
 GA Forestry Commission
 4500 Highway 53 East
 Dawsonville, GA  30534
 706-216-2713
 Fannin
 GFC Ranger
 GA Forestry Commission
 10990 Morganton Highway
 Morganton, GA 30560
 706-374-6232
 Gilmer
 GFC Ranger
 

 Dave Teffeteller
 

 Sherry Petraroli

 GA Forestry Commission 
 25 Ellington Rd.
 Ellijay, GA 30540

 Blackberry Mountain Community
 in Ellijay, GA

 Hidden Lake Community
 in Cherry Log, GA

 706-635-2363

 

 706-635-2147
 

 706-258-2646

 Habersham
 GFC Ranger
 GA Forestry Commission
 3997 Toccoa Highway
 Clarkesville, GA 30523
 706-754-2354
 Lumpkin
 GFC Ranger


  Jack Rogers
 GA Forestry Commission
 159 Crown Mountain Dr.
 Dahlonega, GA 30533

 Lumpkin Coalition
 271 Stancil Dyer Rd.
 Dahlonega, GA 30533

 706-867-2898

 

 706-482-0089

 Murray
 GFC Ranger
 GA Forestry Commission
 705 Old Dalton Ellijay Rd.
 Chatsworth, GA 30705
 706-695-3422
 Pickens
 GFC Ranger
 GA Forestry Commission
 1350 A W Lawson Blvd.
 Jasper, GA 30143
 706-692-4801
 Rabun
 Extension Agent
 UGA Extension Service
 184 South Main St., Suite 185
 Clayton, GA 30525
 706-782-3113
 Towns
 Extension Agent
 UGA Extension Service
 67 Lake View Circle
 Hiawassee, GA 30546
 706-896-2024
 Union
 GFC Ranger
 

 Extension Agent

 GA Forestry Commission
 3021 Pat Colwell Rd.
 Blairsville, GA 30512

 UGA Extension Service
 185 Welborn Street, Civic Center
 Blairsville, GA 30512

 706-781-2398

 

 706-439-6030

 White
 Gilbert Barrett
 

 Ted Doll

 White County Farmers Exchange
 951 S. Main St.
 Cleveland, GA 30528

 Sautee Nacoochee Community

 706-865-2831

 

 706-878-2526

Purchasing -- The Kioritz soil injector is no longer being manufactured and is unavailable for purchase, so if you have one or use one, please take good care of it.  See Maintaining a Kioritz Soil Injector.  If you know of a Kioritz soil injector that is not being used (even if it's broken), please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

The 1-Two Root Injector from Nu-Arbor is being marketed as a replacement for the Kioritz, although it is quite different.  It consists of a 4-gallon back-pack tank connected by a hose to a metal injection probe with fixed calibration and is available from the companies listed below and possibly other sources on the Internet.  Click here for more information about the Nu-Arbor injector.   You can also read an evaluation prepared by Bob Pledger outlining his personal findings on its performance treating hemlocks in landscape and forested settings.

     Nu-Arbor, www.nu-arbor.com/injector.html, 888-773-8777, nu-arbor@grandarborgroup.com
     Rittenhouse, http://www.rittenhouse.ca/asp/Product.asp?PG=1936, 800-461-1041,
sales@rittenhouse.ca
     Tree Care Supplies, www.treecaresupplies.com, 888-438-3117, info@treecaresupplies.com
     Tree Stuff,
www.treestuff.com, 877-408-7337, info@treestuff.com

NEW -- The EZ-Ject Lite soil injector is now available.  It is a handheld device similar in size, weight, and operation to the Kioritz many of you are familiar with.  The key differences are a 1-gallon tank (compared to 3 qts.), fixed output of 1/2 or 1/4 oz. per pump (compared to  1/6 oz.), and a sturdy foot pedal for pushing the probe into the soil.  Click here for a features flyer.

EZ-Ject Lite weighs only 8.5 pounds and has a narrow stirrup-shaped handle, making it easy to get close to the base of the tree.  It comes in two versions — one has a cylinder lock that prevents the unit from dispensing liquid if you need to use the handles to push it into the ground or use it as a “walking stick” on steep hills, and the other version does not have that feature. 

Orders can be placed through various Internet sources or directly through the manufacturer.  When ordering, please specify EZ-Ject Lite, the desired output, and the presence or absence of the cylinder lock.

     EZ-Ject, Inc., www.ezject.com/?page_id=1238, 888-395-6732, mike@arborsystems.com.

Repairing/Refurbishing -- SGH has developed a repair capability for the Kioritz soil injector.  If you have one that is broken, missing parts, or not working properly (i.e., putting out less than 2 ounces of fluid for 12 pumps of the handle), please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.  We have some substitute or remanufactured parts and may be able to help.  The service is free; the only cost is for parts used and return shipping.

Other Equipment -- Hand-pump, back-pack, or sled-style sprayers may be found at retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe's, Site One Landscaping Supply, Tractor Supply, or your local farm co-op or hardware store.

All product and source names mentioned above are meant for informational purposes only, not as product or company endorsements.

Qualified Professionals Specializing in Hemlocks

If you want to contract with a professional to treat your hemlocks, here are the qualifications that we recommend you should look for:

   License -- has a current contractor's pesticide applicator license listed on the Georgia Department of Agriculture's web site (agr.georgia.gov/pesticide-contractors.aspx) in the appropriate categories (Forest Pest Control and/or Ornamental and Turf Pest Control);

n   Insurance -- has the liability insurance required by the State of Georgia;

n   Expertise -- specializes in treating hemlocks and offers application methods other than trunk injection;

n   Availability -- covers the part of north Georgia where your property is located; and

n   Pricing -- provides services at reasonable rates.

Here are some local companies that we know meet the above qualifications.  These and other licensed HWA Pesticide Applicators are also listed on the Georgia Forestry Commission's web site.  We suggest that you call more than one company to compare services and prices before making your choice.  

Georgia Companies Contact Information
Green Leaf, Blue Ridge
http://hemlocks.org/
Kevin Johnson (GA & NC)
(706) 258-2420
growitgreen@etcmail.com
Hemlock Doctor, Dahlonega
www.hemlockdoctor.com
Dr. Mark Shearer (GA)
(706) 864-4787
markshearer@windstream.net
Rustic Countrysides, Clayton
www.rusticcountrysides.com
Stephen Quaife (northeast GA)
(706) 212-0490
rusticcountrysides@windstream.net
   
Other Companies Serving Georgia Contact Information

Appalachian Arborists, Asheville, NC
www.appalachianarborists.com

Will Blozan (828) 225-2985
tsuga173@gmail.com

Hemlock Healers, Waynesboro, NC
www.hemlockhealers.com
Frank Varvoutis (706) 374-5355

To find a properly licensed pesticide applicator in Tennessee -- Go to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture web site http://agriculture.state.tn.us/listcharter.asp, enter one of the search categories, and look for companies that have a HLT (Horticulture Lawn & Turf) and/or FPC (Forest Pest Control) charter.  Then you'll need to call them to verify that they actually treat hemlocks and that they offer a treatment other than stem injection.

To find a properly licensed pesticide applicator in North Carolina -- Go to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture web site http://www.ncagr.gov/aspzine/str-pest/pesticides/data/advsearch.asp, enter License Type 26 - Ground Applicator and Category G (Forest) and/or Category L (Ornamental & Turf), and look for companies in your area.  Then you'll need to call them to verify that they actually treat hemlocks and that they offer a treatment other than stem injection.

To find a properly licensed pesticide applicator in other states -- Contact the state's Department of Agriculture and ask how to find a list of qualified pesticide applicators who treat hemlocks for the woolly adelgid in either a residential or forest setting.

Trees

Hemlocks are wonderful in a landscape or woodland setting and can enhance the beauty and value of your property.  They can be used as Christmas trees and then planted outdoors, make thoughtful gifts to commemorate special events, and offer valuable lessons in nature and stewardship for the children in your life.  Each hemlock that is adopted, planted, and cared for is important to the preservation of the species.  And if you adopt hemlocks through Save Georgia's Hemlocks, you'll also be supporting our efforts to help more property owners save their hemlocks, plus all or part of your donation will be tax-deductible. 

Below is a partial list of sources that may have hemlocks.  It is meant for information purposes only, not as a company endorsement.  If you know of other good sources of clean healthy hemlocks, please let us know.

 Sources  Comments
 Save Georgia's Hemlocks
 Dahlonega, 706-429-8010
 SGH does not sell its trees, but we offer them
 for adoption for a suggested voluntary
 donation.  We usually have the following:
 ·
 Locally grown hemlock seedlings 12-24" tall
   in 1-gallon pots for a suggested $10 donation
 · Hemlock saplings (most locally grown) 3-4'
   tall in 3-gallon pots for a suggested $25
   donation
 · Larger hemlocks may be available with the
   suggested donation based on plant size.
 Mullinax, Cumming, 770-781-9823  For the sources listed to the left:

 Sizes and prices may vary widely. 
 Please call and compare.

 Availability also varies -- year-round, spring
 and fall, or just Christmas time.

 
 Pike Nursery:  
   Alpharetta 770-641-1217
   Cumming 770-205-1737
   Marietta 770-977-3040
   Roswell 770-645-6457
 Tree City Nursery, Blue Ridge
 706-632-8733
 Sweetwater Nursery, Dahlonega
 770-983-0200

As part of our educational and charitable service initiatives, we also give away hemlock seedlings to schools, churches, and other nonprofit organizations.  We are particularly interested in finding groups willing to undertake hemlock growing projects and will supply the starter seedlings and training free of charge.  Please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 for more information.

Disclosure

Save Georgia's Hemlocks has no business connections with any of the chemical vendors, equipment dealers, professional pesticide applicators, or tree sources listed or linked above, except:

One of the professional pesticide applicators listed above and on the Georgia Forestry Commission's web site, Mark Shearer dba Hemlock Doctor, is a relative of a Save Georgia's Hemlocks Leadership Team member.  He operates his business completely separately from the SGH Hemlock Help Program; there is no information sharing and no financial benefit involved.
 


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