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Emerald Ash Borer and Tree Removal: 4 Things You Need To Know

Tree damaged by Emerald Ash Borer and Tree RemovalIt’s Spring again in mid-Michigan, but with the sunshine and heat comes one thing we never count on: critters. In the Lansing area, the emerald ash borer is a scourge that often means tree removal and other problems. But, before you throw up your hands in frustration, be sure to educate yourself first. The emerald ash borer can be a serious pain to the home and business owner, but you don’t have to deal with it by yourself!

Know Where It Came From: The Emerald Ash Borer

This particular kind of beetle (the “EAB”) was first discovered in Michigan about a decade ago. It threatens ash trees specifically, as it is an invasive species not native to the area and Michigan ash trees have no resistance to this invader. It is thought that EAB came to Michigan via a cargo ship, likely riding on wood products or shipping materials. Although the Department of Natural Resources is working on control and eradication, the beetle continues to be a problem in the area.

EAB and Tree Removal: It May Take Several Seasons

The truth is that the EAB can infest healthy and sick trees. An already-compromised tree may succumb to the pest within 1-2 years, whereas a healthy tree may survive 3-4 seasons before you have to take action.

If you’re unsure of the extent or length of your infestation, Ayles Tree Service is happy to take a look at your particular case and provide you with some one-on-one guidance. Call us at 517-484-8318 to set up an appointment for us to come to your home or site.

Emerald Ash Borer: Tree Removal Isn’t Your Only Option

Once you discover an EAB infestation on your property, you’ll need to decide how to treat your ash trees. Ayles Tree Service offers complete front-to-back service with consultation, removal of the tree and disposal of the material. The State of Michigan currently requires special care with disposal, and we’re more than able to take care of your ash tree material within these recommendations.

However, there are other options, and we’d be happy to go over those with you. Sometimes ash trees can be saved with a consistent annual treatment program, however, such programs are time intense and expensive. Again, we’re able to consult on your specific situation. 

After Emerald Ash Borer: You CAN Plant Again

Emerald Ash Borer and tree removal doesn’t mean you’re left with an ugly, bare spot on your property. Here at Ayles Tree Service, we are more than happy to go over options in moving forward with concerned home and business owners. A removed tree doesn’t have to mean an eyesore. Other planting and landscape options are available to you. Call us today for a free estimate.

The presence of Emerald Ash Borer doesn’t need to spell the end of your greenery. Let Ayles Tree Service help identify your trees and clean up your landscape to keep all your trees healthy.