As some of you may know, Emerald Ash Borer has begun to take over in the Asheville area. We saw our first case of it less than two years ago, and now we are seeing symptoms in almost every Ash tree in the area. Many have already completely lost their canopy and will never recover. Some are just showing signs this year. It’s a scourge that has decimated the Ash population in the Midwest and Northeast regions, and unfortunately has a very high mortality rate.
The treatments available are effective, but costly and only last for two years. They also affect pollinators, which brings up a moral dilemma- what is the most ecologically responsible path forward? Do we let these trees die, losing habitat for animals and bugs alike, or introduce another pesticide into the environment to save a tree? That’s a dilemma we cannot solve for you. We do offer EAB treatments, and this is a great way to save a large, beautiful native tree in our landscape. But we also respect those who choose not to treat these trees due to environmental concerns.
If you choose not to treat these trees, they will die within a few years, if not sooner. We have seen specimens go from full canopy to complete canopy loss within a year. The structural integrity of the trees declines just as rapidly. We highly advise having us out to assess your Ash trees now, and to remove trees that are beginning to decline. It becomes much harder to work on these trees safely when the decline has gone on too long.