Ash Tree Removal in Stoney Creek
Brothers Tree Service
If you own a property or woodlot with true ash trees (Fraxinus spp.), then it is important to know that your trees are highly at risk of an emerald ash borer attack if they are not already infested.
Affected trees are: black ash, blue ash, green ash, pumpkin ash, and white ash. Emerald ash borers do not pose a threat to mountain ash, or other common forest trees, such as: beech, birch, cedar, maple, oak, and pine.
An emerald ash borer is a type of jewel beetle that is native to north-eastern Asia, and is known to feed on ash trees; these beetles, while quite pretty, pose an unfortunate threat to the environment as they are classified as an invasive species.
Like their name would suggest, emerald ash borers attack ash trees by boring/burrowing into them, this can make it particularly hard to identify whether or not you are dealing with an infestation, as the affected tree(s) will essentially rot from the inside out, meaning the beetles could run rampant before they are even detected.
If your ash trees are too badly affected by emerald ash borers, you will, unfortunately, have to have them removed from the property, as dead trees pose a safety risk; fallen branches could injure somebody, damage your home, or strike power lines. It is much better to have the ash tree cut down than to risk a scenario that could have been prevented.
How to identify emerald ash borer infections
If you are unsure as to whether or not your trees have been affected by emerald ash borers, here are some signs to look for:
Crown dieback: Ash trees that have been severely impacted by emerald ash borers will begin to experience crown dieback, as their nutrients have been effectively sapped from them. You may notice that their leaves are wilting and turning yellow or brown during the growing season.
Bark cracks: While bark cracks naturally as a tree grows, if you are noticing a younger ash tree cracking, they may actually be on top of a larvae gallery/tunnel.
Tunnels: Larvae will bore winding S-shaped tunnels, you may opt to remove a section of bark to try and reveal the sawdust filled grooves.
Woodpeckers: Woodpeckers feed off of the larvae living in trees, if you have noticed an increased amount of woodpecker holes or activity on/around your ash trees, you may be dealing with an infestation.
Exit holes: Once the beetles fully mature, they will chew small D-shaped exit holes through the bark of the trees they inhabit.
Your best course of action: call a brother!
A brother from Brothers Tree Service, that is!
If you have one or more ash trees that require removal, it is important to have them taken care of at your earliest convenience. When ash trees die, they become brittle. This makes them more prone to snapping or toppling over as their integrity diminishes greatly.
It's in your best interest to utilize a local tree removal service like Brothers Tree Service when it comes to the safe removal as disposal of any dead/dying ash trees. Because they are more prone to falling over, they have to be removed with an extra level of precaution to avoid injury and damage to your property.
We have many different ways to take care of ash trees, from bucket trucks, to cranes, to climbing. We'll safely dispose of any infected wood. We can potentially leave any uninfected wood for you to burn, or we can chip it for your landscaping needs. Just let us know what works for you!
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