Removing dead ash trees is not a DIY job
What about the pile of ash wood that is left behind?
Once the dead ash tree in your garden has been removed, you will be left with a pile of wood that is most likely infected with emerald ash borer and your next challenge is how to safely dispose of it and not aid the spread of EAB. You have to assume that the EAB is still in the wood and therefore you should not transport it further than 50 miles from your property. Doing so could easily spread EAB to a whole new area.
Fortunately, there are ways to put the wood to good use.
- You can safely burn wood that is infested with emerald ash borer and you can use it for your summer barbecues and as winter firewood.
- The tree removal service that cut down your tree can remove the wood for you or turn it into mulch for your garden.
- You can take the wood to a nearby recycling center but make sure to tell them that it is infested with EAB so that they don’t transport it across the country.
- Emerald ash borer does not damage the interior of the tree and if the tree was big enough, you can turn it into planks that you can use or sell.
- You can also find out if there is an EAB-compliant site nearby where you can drop off the wood.
But whatever you decide to do remember you don’t want to transport the wood more than 50 miles and inadvertently become part of the problem rather than the solution.
If you suspect that your ash tree is infested with emerald ash borer, contact Martin’s Tree Service to safely remove the tree for you and advise you on what to do with the wood.