33 YEAR OLD ASHE TREE IS DISEASED PLEASE HELP!

Asked April 15, 2017, 12:13 PM EDT

MY ASHE TREE IS DISEASED BY THE ASHE PESTS THAT ATTACKED IT IN MARYLAND THIS PAST FALL (2016). THE MAIN TRUNK HAS LOST LOTS OF BARK THAT IS FALLING OFF, AND NOW THERE ARE OF COURSE BARE BRANCHES WITHOUT SPRING GROWTH SO THE TREE IS DYING. MY QUESTION IS, BASED ON WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT DYING ASHE TREES, DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE SAFE TO LEAVE THIS TREE WITHOUT REMOVING IT? HOW DO ASHE TREES TYPICALLY DIE AND ARE THEY AT RISK FOR FALLING EASILY WHILE DYING ESPECIALLY DURING A BAD STORM? IF IT FALLS, IT CAN FALL ON MY HOUSE OR MY NEIGHBORS HOUSE.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response


Dead trees located in yards, near buildings or are street trees, will likely become hazardous trees and should be removed immediately by a reputable tree company. Ash trees become very brittle when they die and tree companies will not climb them for removal if they have been dead for more than 6 months. Depending on the situation a crane may be needed thus increasing the cost. See more information on our website http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/invasives/emerald-ash-borer
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