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What To Do About An Ash Tree on Your Property

Posted by Sherry Rioux on November 8, 2016
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I guess the title should really say, What To Do About An Ash Tree On OUR Property.  As I blogged a few weeks ago,  the issue of the Emerald Ash Borer and the guarantee that it will kill all un-inoculated trees soon, is going to become a much bigger issue soon.  It is not a question of IF but rather a question of WHEN the pests will arrive and kill all the ash trees.

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Since discovering that the big, shade giving and healthy tree in our backyard is an ash, we’ve been contemplating our options.  Do we have it inoculated given that the process must be repeated every two years, potentially forever?  Do we cut it down?  Is it healthy and worth saving?  If we save it, could it become part of the problem by being a host in our neighbourhood?

With all these questions, we decided to call in an expert.  Ryan from Arbtec Tree Care Services is a Certified Arborist with a good reputation in our area.  He verified that the tree was healthy aside from some environmental stress caused by the extreme heat and temperature changes we had this year. He pointed out that the beetle is not yet here but is coming and, inoculations can only be done starting again in June next year.  In other words, we had time to decide.  So, we asked him for a quote on all options and I learned that the price of inoculating depends on the size of the tree as of course does the cost to cut it down.  Honestly, the cost of either option was less than I thought.

In the end, we’ve made the decision to cut down the tree.  What if in future we forgot to inoculate it or, if we sell the house and a future owner has to take on the stewardship which they may or may not do? As sad as it is to me to see a tree come down, it seems like it is the right thing to do in this case.

So for now, we are enjoying the grace of our bug free tree while we can.  Time to contemplate what will go in its place in future. Damn beetles.

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