RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—Bayer Environmental Science today announced the donation of 1,000 CoreTect tablets for use on the cherry trees at Nationals Park, the new multi-million dollar home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. The trees adorn the left field bleachers and entrance ways of the park.
Working closely with the Nationals, Bayer is eager to showcase its latest innovation in plant health while ensuring fans will continue to enjoy a sight synonymous with the capital region.
“Bayer Environmental Science is committed to giving back to the community. When we learned that the Nationals were planting cherry trees at their new ballpark, we immediately thought this would be a great way for us to contribute,” explained Ben Cicora, business manager, insecticides, Bayer Environmental Science.
CoreTect tablets provide trees and shrubs significant reduction of insect population and improves their survival during harsh environmental conditions including drought and heat stress. They will be placed in the soil surrounding the trunks of the cherry trees. Given the trees’ susceptibility to Black Cherry Aphids, an insect controlled by the product, the donation was a natural fit for both Bayer and the Nationals.
“When fans come out to the new ballpark, they’re impressed by the cherry trees along the entry ways and in left field. It’s unlike anything they have ever seen in a ballpark,” explains Larry DiVito, head groundskeeper, Washington Nationals. “One of the benefits of CoreTect is that we are able to ensure that our cherry trees will survive the stress of summer with just one application. Protected by CoreTect, they will be just as beautiful in October when, hopefully, we’re in the pennant race.”