Plum Creek Farms
A Beautiful Pete Dye Golf-Course Community in Carmel, Indiana
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TREE INFESTATION--UPDATE

Attached is what was given to the City contractor, the plan is to start treatments maybe within the next week or two and to also have multiple treatments. Also with a dormant oil spray in the fall 2013. As this is being done by a contractor I cannot commit to a specific time or day but rest assured that treatment should occur this year. Below is a map of the trees to be treated by the City contractor.

TREE INFESTATION NOTICE  
  
  Some our neighborhood trees have been infested with an insect/scale and has been particularly noted on Honey Locusts. It's likely diagnosed as Calico Scale. Lynn Croxton was able to visit with two prominent retail nurseryman plus The City's Forester. Here are some of their key reported comments :  
   
- Infection occurs as the insect is carried in by wind or on the feet of birds. We most likely had the problem in previous years.     
- Prominent susceptible tree hosts include Honey Locusts. Infestation has been noted on Ash trees on Plum Creek Blvd.
- Last years draught stress has provided an expanded susceptible environment.
- The insect/scale does not normally kill trees yet severe infestation may kill branches.      
- Treatment - The City will have their chemical treatment specialist review our infestation and consider a chemical application. If they do apply a chemical treatment they also encourage the homeowner to self-apply appropriate chemistry to their tree/trees. 
- Chemical - A horticulture oil spray or dormancy oil is the least expensive and most commonly used chemical. The orchard industry uses multiple applications of these oils for insect and disease control. According to The City Forrester the best application timing is at "Bud Break" (March). Multiple applications should prevent infestation. The addition of a systemic insecticide will also help control.  

   In summary, The City will be evaluating and will consider applying one application. The City encourages the homeowner to start application as soon as possible. Originally, when the trees were offered and planted The City noted that the homeowner or the HOA would be responsible for maintenance after planting. 

   Bob Hosler, our HOA Common Grounds chairman may be providing added comment as more information develops and our complete neighborhood is reviewed. Please continue to monitor the website for more information on this topic.



Boy Scouts Urban Reforestation Project
On Saturday, April 27th, Carmel Boy Scout Troop 132 planted 471 bare root trees around the Plum Creek Farms common area ponds.  The native trees from Indiana Department of Natural Resources are: Sycamore, River Birch, Bur Oak, and Bald Cypress, and a wildlife mixture of American Plum. Silky Dogwood, Common Chokecherry, Black Chokecherry, White Pine, Hazelnut, Gray Dogwood, Pawpaw, Persimmon, Shagbark Hickory, Black Cherry, and Washington Hawthorn.  In preparation for the planting, Board Member Bob Hosler met with the Troop several times in providing instructions on proper planting techniques.  Planting locations were staked, and prior to planting HOA President Bill Ranek and Board Members Mike Guio and Bob Hosler drilled nearly 400 ten-inch holes with a rented hydraulic auger. Thirty plus Scouts planted the trees between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.   Ten adult leaders and homeowner volunteers were there to assist.  Weed barrier fabric was placed around each tree and covered with 1 inch of mulch.  All trees were watered by bucketing water from the ponds. It was a great success, perfect weather with rain the following day, and with proper care over the next few years Plum Creek Farms will have a visually pleasing urban forests, not only for residents but also for our friendly feather friends.  

For more information and locations of the trees, click here. 

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