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The Emerald Ash Borer continues its widespread devastation of Ash trees


April 26, 2016 - I was always partial to White Ash trees. Had a real nice grove of them around a picnic area back in the day.

Then came warnings of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) invasion. What began as a foreign import soon invaded Pennsylvania from Ohio.

Ash tree killed by EAB

The 44-year-old tree in the photo above was the only shade tree in that front yard. Gone!

 

Originally, the insect only appeared in a handful of counties near Pittsburgh. But the list continued to grow as it left thousands of dead Ash trees in its wake. It's probably in every Pennsylvania county by now.

Signs of emerald ash borer damage to bark

There are chemical treatments available to protect especially valuable trees, but for most homeowners it would be like swimming upstream with the ongoing cost of chemical treatments. Plus one of the pesticides has been linked to the honey bee decline.

Emerald Ash Borer galleries under the bark

It probably makes more sense to remove vulnerable Ash trees and replant with a variety of tree that isn't at death's doorway. Be very cautious when removing dead trees due to the possibility of brittle branches falling.

EAB was first discovered in the US near Detroit in 2002. By 2010 it had been detected in 13 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. It's destructive spread continues!

  Bob

 

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