Emerald Ash Borer is a small green beetle that is creating huge problems for Guelph trees. It originates in China and it was introduced to Canada via wooden pallets. After it was introduced, it quickly became a large-scale problem for trees and governments across southern Ontario. Since it came to Guelph, Emerald Ash Borer has been wreaking havoc and while the city authorities have an action plan in place for all the trees in public areas, if you happen to spot an issue with your trees, you need to educate yourself about the best treatment options available.
Sign of Infestation
This is the first thing you should become acquainted with. Recognizing the early signs of infestation can greatly increase the chances of a successful treatment. Some of the telltale signs are:
- A thinning, defoliated tree crown
- Patchy-looking bark and cracks that go vertically through it
- Green suckers growing from branches and main stem
- Bark damage from Woodpeckers which are feeding on the larvae
- S shaped peelings in the bark
If you suspect that you have an Ash tree in your yard there are many online resources on exactly what to look for. If that doesn’t work be sure to consult an expert.
Early signs of infestation are often only visible in higher parts of the tree. This is why many cases of infestations are caught too late. If you have your suspicion, schedule a consultation with a professional arborist who can climb and asses the overall health of the tree.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure against Emerald Ash Borer infestation. If the tree is in overall good health, it could be treated with TreeAzin, which contains the spread by reducing the beetle’s fertility rates. It will not affect the growth of the tree and if the treatments are regular everything should be fine.
Ash Tree Removal
If the condition becomes severe the only option is to remove the tree. Infected trees can be prone to sudden breakage and pose a serious danger. Removal of the tree itself should always be left to the professionals. Many city governments, including Guelph, are treating the trees and prolonging their life to spread out the removal as this is the costliest option. Guelph homeowners can apply the same tactics when dealing with Emerald Ash Borer in their own backyards.
The best course of action for you as a homeowner would be to periodically consult an expert on the overall health of your trees and other plant life. Martin’s Tree Service has the experience you can rely to protect the beautiful trees on your property.