End of the ash?


There’s no stopping the emerald ash borer, from the looks of things. Wisconsin has declared next week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week to try to stop the little critter that’s killing ash trees. But it’s already ripped through Wisconsin and has arrived, reports today say, in St. Paul.

From the looks of things, efforts to slow the spread of the killer insect don’t do much good once it’s already in the vicinity. Most of the tips involve not moving firewood from one area to another. But the emerald ash border can fly about a half mile from a tree it infects.

So those of us with ash trees wait and consider whether we should just get the heartbreak over with and chop it down now.

There are treatments that homeowners can use for smaller ash trees, but it takes more than two years to treat larger trees and we may not have that much time.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a checklist you can use if you think your tree has become infested. The experts say the dieback starts in the top third of your tree.

  • This is horrible,horrible news.

    I live in St.Paul and have several Mountain Berry Ash trees and one that has the symptoms.

    I’ll be checking tonight.

  • David

    Well, thankfully, the guide says MountainAsh are not true Ash and not at risk.

    Still, this is really bad news.

  • Bonnie

    I contacted my city officials to see if this was on their radar. Thought maybe they would be willing to try to do some preventive treatment ( that Rainbow Tree has mailed and emailed me about )…

    Found out that 25% of the boulevard trees are Green Ash. The city cut all its funding for diseased trees. So the city will be paying for removal of 25% of the boulevard trees and presumably replacing them at a cost of ?????.

  • Bob Collins

    I heard (on another radio station) an interview with a guy who says the state has no money to help citizens remove the trees once they’re cut down. Yet the strategy for stopping the spread is keeping wood from being taken from one place to another.

    What are the odds a homeowner with a couple of cords of dead tree aren’t going to move it off their property to goodness knows where, since he/she will get no assistance?