The Ash Borer is upon Us

It is almost that time of year when the emerald ash borer starts wreaking havoc on the many ash trees that shade Minneapolis. Powderhorn Park alone has 160 ash trees within it. In fact, the University of Minnesota and the Park Board opened the doors to volunteers to meet at the park and start tagging ash trees. So if you are strolling through Powderhorn Park and you notice trees have been tagged, take a moment to read the tag. This tag contains information on how to identify an ash tree that has been infested by the bug. At the same time, you can study the ash tree itself so you know how to identify it.

This nice little idea creates a group of citizen experts who can identify the early signs of the ash borer and make sure something is done about it before the tree becomes too sick. At the same time, early detection in one tree can save another and so on. In other words, the community can work together to ensure this bug takes over fewer and fewer ash trees each year.

If you are a homeowner and you have an ash tree or two or more on your property, you are probably concerned about the ash borer and what it can do to your trees. There is no doubt you want to keep the trees healthy to avoid expensive issues in the future. Our Minneapolis tree service can help you by evaluating your trees and surrounding trees, as well as implement any possible preventative measures if your trees are not yet infested.

If your trees are infested or are in danger of infestation, we do have environmentally friendly means to eradicate the bug so that your tree can be preserved. It is best to look for signs, such as holes in the bark or leaves that are being eaten and dying. The moment you notice something wrong with a tree, professional intervention is needed to diagnose the issue and administer the proper treatment.

Obviously, the role that the park Board and the University of Minnesota have taken to educate the public about the ash borer is a step in the right direction. More people will now be able to identify the damage that the borer causes so that early intervention can be had. Through early intervention, damage to the tree can be minimal. If the borer is allowed to continue to feed on the tree, the tree will eventually die and have to be removed and destroyed, which can be very expensive.

So if you feel like taking a walk on a nice fall day, a leisurely stroll through Powderhorn Park will be good for your health and good for your brain. You’ll be able to learn something that can help your community. If you find through this knowledge that your own trees are infested, you will be taking action sooner than later, which means healthier trees and a healthier wallet due to early intervention.