What’s Going On Inside Your Ash Tree?

May 4th, 2013 | featured | admin | No Comments

By now I am sure you have heard about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation here in Central Indiana. This small beetle

Autumn Purple Ash

from Asia is wreaking havoc on some of our most beautiful Ash trees, especially the White Ash.

White Ash trees, commonly known as Autumn Purple Ash (see photo), can be seen all around Central Indiana. From its majestic canopy to its electric fall color, these valuable populations of trees are being attacked from the inside.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a small iridescent green beetle (see photo) that bores its

Emerald Ash Borer

way through the bark of an Ash tree. The hole it forms while doing this has a distinctive “D” shape (see photo).

Once inside the tree, the Emerald Ash Borer begins to slowly kill the tree by eating the

"D" shaped hole

tree’s cambium layer of tissue (see photo). The cambium is the critical layer of tissue just inside the bark, which carries nutrients, air, and water to the leaves of the tree. When this layer of tissue is compromised, the tree losses it leaves, and slowly

damage to cambium layer

begins to die.(see comparison photos)

During a recent conversation with Nate Faris, owner of Faris Tree Consulting, and one of only a handful of Indiana registered arborists to hold both the registered consulting arborist and the ISA Certified Arborist certifications, he informed me that Emerald Ash Borers begin at the top of

healthy vs infested tree

the tree and work their way to the bottom of the canopy near the main trunk, thus slowly killing the tree over a period of 5-6 years, smart little buggers.

Fortunately, there is treatment for Ash trees. However, treatment must begin before the trees become infested. Nate Faris is an excellent resource for recommending preventative treatment of Ash trees. Even though steps are underway to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer, all Ash trees in Central Indiana are at risk. If you have an Ash tree on your property, I recommend you contact Nate Faris at (317) 223-5177 or  nate@faristreeconsulting.com to provide professional,  timely consulting  on how you can prevent these destructive, harmful bugs from taking  away one of our most valuable  assets. You will be glad you did.


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