4 trees infested with emerald ash borer

Asked March 30, 2017, 2:59 PM EDT

A tree service told me that I have 4 trees in my yard that need to be removed as they have emerald ash borer damage and are dying. He also said several of my neighbor's trees have them too. Not sure if I should do anything aside from having them removed. I live in Olney in Williamsburg Village. Please advise.

Montgomery County Maryland

3 Responses

If you are sure they are ash and it is a reputable and licensed tree service, removal is recommended.
If they are other than ash and their fall would not threaten people or property, you can let dead trees stand as they are valuable to wildlife and the ecosystem.

Here is our page on Emerald Ash Borer: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/invasives/emerald-ash-borer


Thank you. Do I need to do something specific with the wood chips and stuff? Can I just put it with the brown bag Montgomery county recycling leaves and such or no?

The above link states:
"Hire a reputable, insured, licensed arborist or tree company to remove any ash trees you plan to remove. Obtain estimates from multiple companies; ask for proof of insurance and a written estimate. The estimate should include wood disposal information (a reputable company will have this information) and site cleanup. Ask for references."
That said, Emerald ash borer cannot exist in wood chips.
The wood chips can be used as mulch, or put into your compost pile.

For permits and disposal other than what the tree company suggests, you should check with Montgomery County, as it looks like each town has it's rules and permits. See here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/trees/permits-and-concerns.html