Emerald Ash Borer is an insect that began killing trees here in the United States in 2002. It has spread from Detroit Michigan, throughout the midwest, and is now poised in all 4 surrounding states and provinces, but not in Vermont. It is an especially devastating insect that attacks all ash trees, a genus that is highly valued here as majestic yard and street trees. In places like Toledo Ohio and Wilmette Illinois, the only living ash trees left are ones that are being treated.
Treatments for Emerald Ash Borer are highly effective, cost efficient, and extremely targeted. Treatments can be injected into the tree, sprayed on the trunk, or injected into the surrounding soil. There is even an organic (OMRI listed) treatment for Emerald Ash Borer. Considering the value that trees have both aesthetically and environmentally, treatment is often a much better option than removing and replanting a tree.
To learn more about Emerald Ash Borer and what can be done to save our trees, you can read a piece I wrote for the Brattleboro Reformer, or contact me by following the link at the right.