Well what do you think? Do trees need our help? I was first introduced to this line of thinking early in my career as people would ask me, “Why do I need to treat my trees?”
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When I am meeting with clients, I am often asked “Do you plant trees?” The answer is a resounding yes! There are many reasons why people tend to ask this question and are looking to plant new trees in their yard:
If you are waiting for EAB to officially be confirmed in your municipality before you make a management decision, the insect is already way ahead of you. With each new EAB find, research has consistently shown that EAB has already been in the area for 3 to 5 years.
A whole host of other ash that “don’t look too bad” to the casual observer have significantly thinned out. The damage continues to happen and some people are noticing, but the vast majority of people still have not. This is a dangerous combination.
The emerald ash borer has been around for years, yet ash trees in Wisconsin continue to go untreated. If there is a case of EAB in your area, the likeliness if dead ash trees climbs exponentially.
The warmth causes the dormant Emerald Ash Borers’ metabolism to increase. With its blood pumping faster, the urge to chew its way through the wood to the outside world grows stronger. Soon, very soon…then it can mate, find another suitable ash on which to lay its eggs, and enjoy the rest of the summer in the sun.
Proper tree identification can be tricky. Many trees share similar attributes such as branch and bud configuration, leaf shape, and bark texture, making it easy to mistake one type of tree for another. When it comes to protecting your ash tree against EAB the first step is proper identification.
There are a few ways to look at the effects of EAB: Do nothing and remove ash trees as they are killed by EAB. Proactively remove ash trees in order to lessen the landscape’s dependence on them. Plant non-ash trees to replace losses or to anticipate losses. Treat selected ash trees with the very effective, but more costly, trunk injection of insecticide for 2-years of protection (repeated every 2 years for sustained protection).