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It’s July 23 and a relatively cool day outside, just right for giving my ash(es) an injection…

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…against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you have a large ash (this is just too hard to write without laughing), I recommend getting shots. Just so you know, our five ash trees, ranging from 10″ – 23″ in diameter, cost $645 to be injected with a two-year treatment. This reduces to an average cost of $65/tree/year. Which is a whole lot less than cutting these trees down, especially because they are wedged in next to our garage, a new-ish fence, power lines, and ornamental plantings. Plus having been innoculated before, they look incredibly lush and healthy now.

And, puff puff, aren’t I something…the company that innoculated them, The Care of Trees, took my suggestion and made dogtags to hang on each tree showing when they were treated against EAB:

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Please have a forester inspect your big ol’ ash today! You’ll thank me later!#

By the way, ash is a very hard wood and if you have to cut down a tree, make sure you use the wood somehow. You can save it for firewood or have a portable sawmill come to your house and make some planks for flooring or tables or baseball bats or…building a log cabin.##