In this yahoo news article, Robert Spartz from Davey's Quad City office shares information about pests that are expected to emerge this spring and summer.

Posted: February 15, 2024

Warm weather is only weeks away, but it’s time to think about protecting your plants from invasive species. They may not be alien invaders, but they can still cause plenty of problems. 

“When you’re talking about invasive in general, it’s something that isn’t naturally or native to our area,” said Robert Spartz, district manager with the Davey Tree Expert Company in Eldridge. Invasive species can include plants, animals and insects.

Why are these so troublesome? Spartz says they’re dangerous to trees and shrubs. “That’s going to result in excess damage to our trees and shrubs as well. It’s (invasive species) doing a lot of damage and could potentially kill plants.”

Damage isn’t the only problem these species cause, said Spartz; they can overpower native plants. “We get a lot of over competition with invasive tree species, like tree of heaven, which is a very fast-growing invasive tree species in our area. It will crowd out some of the trees that we would prefer that grow here.”

To read more of Robert's information, click here.

For more information, contact the Quad Cities Davey office.

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