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Poulan / Weed Eater
In 1944 Claude C. Poulan devised a way to overcome the shortcomings of the conventional chain saw. The Monroe, Louisiana native revolutionized the forestry industry just in time for the booming post-war demands for more wood and wood products, it was the beginning of an industrial giant. Mr. Poulan, whose Poulan chain saw has become a household word in the power-tool industry, built and sold his first chain saw in Marshall, Texas. In the late 70's the Poulan company merged with Weed Eater, Inc., and was later acquired by Electrolux. As of June 2006, the former Outdoor Products operations of Electrolux were divested as a separate company, Husqvarna AB. Husqvarna AB is the parent company in the Husqvarna Group, covering outdoor brands such as Husqvarna, Jonsered, McCulloch, Partner, Poulan and Weed Eater, as well as construction equipment brands like Diamand Boart and Partner Industrial.

Trees and Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt is a fungus that is prevalent in parts of the North East middle-Southern states. It attacks the water-carrying arteries of the tree and clogs them. Live Oaks, Red Oaks, and several other Oak species are affected. Some Live Oaks may live a year or more but the Red Oaks die quickly, usually within a few weeks to a few months. Common symptoms include "veinal necrosis", by which the leaves develop yellow to reddish-brown coloration of their veins. Oak Wilt spreads primarily in two ways. Local spread can occur through root systems, but can also spread great distances carried by specific beetles attracted to the oak sap. Any wound to the tree releases oak sap and potentially attracts the beetle. Control and protection are the primary defenses against Oak Wilt. Infected Red Oaks should be removed immediately. Burning, burying or open-air drying kills the fungus. Trenching down four feet around infected trees has halted local root spread. Any pruning of oaks should be treated with a proper pruning paint such as Tree Kote. Paint seals the wound and acts as a barrier to the beetles.