By now you know that the tree in your backyard is not an oak or a maple, but an ash – the very variety threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer invasion. So what do you do?
If it’s information that you’re after, look no further than the Emerald Ash Borer network. Start with homeowner information and FAQs, and then move on to the latest scientific research, if you are so inclined. Some of the basics:
• A tree identification guide (PDF) from Michigan State University, taking you step-by-simple-illustrated-step through the process of identifying ash trees.
• What you need to know about hiring a tree care company (PDF) prepared by the USDA Emerald Ash Borer Liaison. Any time there is a critical situation, scammers and con artists try to make a quick buck by preying on people’s fears. This resource helps you to identify people who are knowledgeable, properly equipped and will put safety first.
Another USDA publication offers a quick quiz on whether you should even consider treating your ash tree:
• Does your tree look unhealthy?
• Are you looking for a one-time treatment for your tree?
• Has a tree care company guaranteed treatment will save your tree?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, treatment may not be a good option.
• If your tree is already dead, learn the basics for safe disposal so you don’t spread the infestation.
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