Last spring, Charlotte residents got a welcome reprieve from the annual onslaught of cankerworms dangling from trees and clinging to hair, clothing and everything else in their path. No one knows for sure why they vanished, but city arborists believe cankerworms are still a threat to Charlotte’s trees, especially large oaks.
The City of Charlotte just sent out a press release this morning asking all residents to band their trees as soon as possible.
How to Band a Tree
Step 1: Install a two-inch strip of cotton or insulation around the tree at least three feet from the ground and the lowest limb.
Step 2: Position a band of roofing felt over the strip and attach it to the trees with the staple gun. Avoid using staples on small, young or thin barked trees. Instead use electrical tape to hold the bands.
Step 3: Using disposable gloves and a putty knife, put a film of Tanglefoot™(glue) directly on the band, approximately 1/8″ thick.
In order to be effective, all trees need to be banded. The worms feed on all types of trees. Large trees (taller than a two-story house) are the main focus of banding. Small trees can also be banded.”
Click here for tree band supplies – if we join together, we can save our beautiful canopy!