“Sign of the Times” (or not). Imagine the woe of the arborist who collected and lovingly tended this collection at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, only to see it possibly destroyed by a bug. Perhaps the Gardens have committed to long-term treatment of the trees with pesticide? ##.
Have you all seen this Wall Street Journal article? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579011172323705040.html?KEYWORDS=ash+trees#articleTabs%3Darticle
May they eat and eat and eat until the Emerald Ash Borer stops its rampage through the Midwest.##
It’s July 23 and a relatively cool day outside, just right for giving my ash(es) an injection…
…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:
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.##