Clear signs that your ash trees are infected: Watch for new growth (epicormic branching) in the middle and upper sections of the tree. It’s a survival mechanism in response to stress; the trees shoot out new branching from limbs and the main stem of the tree. Also, if you see yellowing of the bark or notice woodpeckers working at the tree, these can also be signs the beetle is there.
If your property has any volume of ash on it, the time to take action is now. Why? Because once it moves in, the invasive beetle spreads quickly. And once a tree has been killed, it greatly devalues the lumber making it undesirable for local sawmills. What occurs often is that shortly after the death of the tree, the lumber is damaged from staining followed by insect boring into the dead wood further damaging it. Before this happens, it’s important to salvage your ash now and encourage non ash species to grow in our native forests.
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