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 " TreeLife™ is registered as a specialty fertilizer "

 
This product is manufactured by the Sadler Group, dba TreeLife, of Boerne,    
 Texas.

 
The State of Texas
AGRICULTURE  ~ CHAPTER 63
COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER
SUBCHAPTER A. ~ GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
Definitions  
"Fertilizer material" means a solid or nonsolid substance or compound that contains an essential plant nutrient element in a form available to plants and is used primarily for its essential plant nutrient element content in promoting or stimulating growth of a plant or improving the quality of a crop or for compounding a mixed fertilizer. The term does not include the excreta of an animal, plant remains, or a mixture of those substances, for which no claim of essential plant nutrients is made.
 
"Specialty fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed primarily for nonfarm use, including use on or in home gardens, lawns, shrubbery, flowers, golf courses, municipal parks, cemeteries, greenhouses, or nurseries. The term does not include the excreta of an animal, plant remains, or a mixture of those substances, for which no claim of essential plant nutrients is made.

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This article will cover highlight excerpts from their web page. It is the same rhetoric from all the oldies like Treelife Technologies, one of the many spin off companies that started since the late 80's.                          Their web site  ~  http://www.joaquinranchent.us/ 
 
The fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) causing Oak Wilt, is very closely related to (Ceratocystis ulmi) that causes Dutch Elm Disease. Both are fungal vascular diseases invading and disabling the trees’ water conducting system.

Once the vascular system is disabled, clogged, or shut down, the tree can no longer transport water or nutrients, thus causing wilt and eventual death. Neither the roots nor foliage have the ability absorb or transport water or nutrients. Infected oaks seldom survive, but can remain in varying degrees of tree decline for years.

 A THERAPEUTIC AND PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT FOR OAK WILT AND DUTCH ELM DISEASE ALSO STIMULATES ROOT GROWTH AND PLANT TOLERANCE. If a tree is sick, dying or dead, you can't resurrect it, only GOD has this kind of knowledge and nature always runs the course. TreeLife™ a registered specialty fertilizer, can not overturn Mother Nature's decision or course of action.

TreeLife™ has proven effective in treatment of both diseases.  TreeLife™ as to marketability, it been has concluded costs are 10 times less expensive, but 10 times more effective than its closest competitive intervention process. How does a specialty fertilizer prove effective in the treatment of Oak Wilt and DED?  Where is the University or independent research data? According to their current price list, their application costs equates to about  $800.00 to $1000.00 per hour, that is very expensive for water and NPK, registered specialty fertilizer, whereas the competitive intervention (Texas A & M protocols for treatment of Oak Wilt) process averages $125,00 to $150.00 for an average tree. Their comparative cost formulas are perhaps lost in the deep woods. As to effectiveness, registered specialty fertilizer, to cure diseased trees with oak wilt and DED, or any other disease will not make me a believer.

Bartley Technologies, Inc., Once the results of their tests and research, they proceeded to trademarked TreeLife™ registered specialty fertilizer.           http://www.bartleytech.com/trees.html

The distribution rights are now owned by Joaquin Ranch Enterprises, and the product is manufactured by the Sadler Group, dba TreeLife, of Boerne, Texas.

What is TreeLife™? It is a non-toxic, organic, blend of seventeen component ingredients, all from natural sources. Some of these extracts are from plants intentionally grown under stressful conditions so that their application would nutritionally strengthen the trees’ own immunity systems. One of their active ingredients is Miracle-Gro®  plant food 22 ~ 22 ~ 22 unless they have changed the formulation.  Miracle-Gro®  attest that their fertilizer (plant Food) will make plants grow, but no claims of a cure for diseases   (See Examining The Facts ~ http://www.800oakwilt.com/oakwiltbullt.html)  TreeLife™ is a registered as a specialty fertilizer.

Since the beginning of time, throughout the entire world forests,all trees                     intentionally grow under stressful conditions. Every climatic region and climatic                              eco-system will challenge and test a tree's ability to grow and survive. In all                                our forests, survival and time is what Ancient Champion Trees really are made of !          

BIO-STIMULANT is a loose term that includes microbial inoculums, energy sources for microbes, soil conditioners, plant hormones, and other non-nutritional growth-promoting substances. Products containing both bio stimulants and fertilizers have further muddled this definition, they tell you what they do, not what they are. Differentiating between fertilizer response and bio-stimulant response is difficult, if not impossible. No doubt this is precisely what the manufacturers of  such products have intended, a paraphrase that facilitates of mimic natural processes already occurring in trees and soils. Since the non-nutritional component alone may not elicit a plant response.  

One group of bio stimulants is plant hormones. These products may contain one or more of the following: cytokinins, gibberellins, auxins, abscisic acid, and ethylene. When growing under normal conditions, plants have adequate levels of hormones for normal growth and development. Physiological processes in plants involve an interaction of several hormones, and individual hormones have several functions. Many hormones have different functions in different plant species.    

Normal hormone production can be influenced by environmental and cultural stress. Different species of trees,  growing in different environments and locations, with different stresses, at different times of the year are likely to react in different ways. One of these reactions will undoubtedly be with hormone regulation, and this is consistent with the variability in tree's response to hormone applications. There is no evidence to suggest that applications of plant hormones will yield favorable or consistent results with respect to improved plant health. Applying hormones to plants may produce an inhibitory or undesirable effect. Without research results to identify and quantify treatment regimes, it may be wise and prudent to avoid tampering with plant hormonal activity. 

Where did TreeLife™ originate? Experienced arborculturlists (correction ~ aborcultruist, abrorculturalist or arborist) in the Texas Hill Country began a series of experiments with many different plant extracts, most of which had a natural immunity to fungal growth. Variations of these plant ingredients were blended in different combinations for over four years, until a finished product was finally formulated that showed remarkable results. There is no mention of independent university researchers, or plant pathologist performing any phase of research or experiments in relation of TreeLife™, Oak Wilt or DED. They seem to have reclassified the  Experienced Texas Hill Country Arborist as the new authority on pathological research in DED, Oak Wilt and the treatment results of  " TreeLife™, a registered specialty fertilizer "  

TreeLife™ is water-soluble. It is a spray application. Since it is organic and non-toxic, it is completely safe. The spray application is simple, the spray is applied to the canopy foliage, heavier application being on the underside of the foliage. The topsoil surrounding the tree, is then thoroughly soaked (a light spray application) as far out as the drip line. TreeLife™ is registered as a specialty fertilizer.. It is organic, non-toxic and completely safe, so it won't harm my trees so why not TRY it ? That is not a sound criteria for proper tree care,  disease or money management.

How does TreeLife™ work? What is the theory of its application, and what is the underlying reason for its remarkable success?

Acid rain, pathogens, pollutants, extended drought, poor nutrition, wounds inflicted by storms, construction, unprofessional pruning and compacted soil will weaken a tree’s strength and its ability to combat diseases. (These are the identified symptoms of environmental tree decline, or tree failure ... not oak wilt.)  (See article: Tree Decline - What Is It?)     (http://www.800oakwilt.com/treedecline.html)

 TreeLife™’s component ingredients, many extracted from plants that were intentionally grown under stressful conditions, (I would say all plant life grows under stressful conditions whether in a greenhouse or in nature) combine to enhance the important processes in a plant’s root structure and to stimulate the trees’ natural immune systems. These same ingredients are designed to increase plant tolerance, increase nutritional status, and to amplify the natural plant responses to both microbes and insects, root health maintenance (due to root hormone production and nutrient uptake efficiency) as well as insect management, both biological and conventional. These are the selling power of words to describe a product like Bio-Stimulants,  fertilizers or root enhancers like mycorrhizal fungi, which colonize plant roots and extend the root system into the surrounding soil and improve nutrient uptake and water absosrption.

Is a tree, by virtue of the length of time under stress
to attain champion size, more likely to be stress tolerant?

"I would have to say yes because the tree has survived
the test of time and during that period of time it has had
to grow during stress periods."       Francis R Gouin Ph. D.

TreeLife™’s stimulation of the rhizosphere* (that boundary or zone of the absorbing root-soil interface where soil elements in water are absorbed into the tree) alone, combined with the other microbes and nutrients in the product, significantly contributes to the overall health of a tree. The rhizosphere was a primary target of the designers of TreeLife™ because every tree treatment affects it in some way, and the more you know about it, the better the chances of your applied treatment being beneficial and successful.

rhizosphere* *this zone of soil around a tree’s roots is a battleground with a continuous war. It is inhabited by a mix of organisms, e.g., bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, protozoa, slime molds, algae, nematodes, enchytraeid worms, earthworms, millipedes, centipedes, insects, mites, snails, small animals and soil virus compete, one against the other, constantly for water, food and space. There is a balance here and this is a healthy biological soil, not a war zone. A severely depleted rhizosphere results in a weakened tree and it becomes more susceptible to disease. Spraying with TreeLife™ provides nutrients and microbes the tree needs for growth and health and its other ingredients combine to replenish the contents of the rhizosphere.

SOIL MICROBIAL LIFE AS IT REALLY IS ~ A productive, biologically active soil can contain as many as 45 quadrillion microorganisms in the rhizophere or root zone of 1,000 square feet area around a tree. A single teaspoon of fertile soil already has few million soil based microbes. This population consists primarily of bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, and algae. Within each of these groups of organisms are many diverse genera and species whose populations fluctuate widely both spatially and temporally. Among the factors contributing to this variation are energy sources, nutrients, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, water availability, temperature, soil pH, atmosphere, and the genetics of the organism. The result is a very complex system influenced by a combination of biotic and abiotic functions. These specific function and characteristics of the constituents of the microbial community are not straight forward and are not thoroughly understood.

There are testimonials, references and recommendations available upon request. There are files full of “before and after” photographic evidence of the results of TreeLife™’s use. It has nearly ten years of development to its credibility. Registered in virtually all states as a specialty fertilizer.

Testimonials and aggressive marketing practices, have been the substitute for independent research results. These companies need scientific counsel as much as very serious legal counsel.

A possible TreeLife™ Guarantee. There is no way of knowing the condition of the tree or trees at the time of treatment, if there is an infection at the time of treatment, nearness of other infected trees, soil and water conditions, the light of day, the Clinton administration, etc. that can play a part in foiling the best attempts to stop the disease. The only limit of our Guarantee is God's Guarantee. It lives, it dies, Guaranteed !.

Financial responsibility and sound management dictate that product purchasing decisions are of the utmost importance. Never before has the tree industry had as many commercially available products for use. So how does one choose between the good, the bad, or the ugly? With Prudence !

There is, currently, no cure for Oak Wilt or Dutch Elm Disease at this time. Control strategies are aimed at preventing the spread of these diseases . Chemical inoculation will provide healthy trees with some degree of protection and slow down the spread of this disease and will significantly reduce tree losses.
 
Here is an example of their key words for the web search engines. They mention the word "CURE" numerous times.

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A few of my comments are in red and various colors, their facts are in gray.

Rather than sounding too redundant, you may link directly to various articles below, that provide a greater insight to TreeLife™ ~ Oak Wilt Treatments, and related articles, read at your leisure, they will prove very informative.                                                                            


The above photos shown here are from my web site.The Bluebonnet Meadow illustrated from   The Legend of the Texas Bluebonnet ". The Grove of Trees  are illustrated as the header of my web pages. Joaquin Ranch Enterprises have incorporated them in their web page, ignoring  the permission request !

I have taken a little information from their web page and installed this special page to my web site on their behalf.

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