Ash Trees I am in Hocking County and was hit by the Emerald Ash Borer last...

Asked June 12, 2018, 10:18 PM EDT

Ash Trees I am in Hocking County and was hit by the Emerald Ash Borer last year Several trees are leafing out this year. Is there any chance of a comeback? or do i just remove?

Hocking County Ohio

1 Response

Hi Hocking County, simple answer is to remove the ash trees. They will hang on for a year or so. You must remember the overall fact that once an ash tree dies it becomes unstable and will shed limbs. You have only about 18 months from the time that the tree dies to the shedding of limbs. They can come down at any time - wind, no wind, storm, no storm. That is why urban foresters are anxious about leaving ash trees standing that have died. You might do that with a mulberry or an oak but NOT with an ash tree. They will shed limbs and be a hazard to you or to anyone who comes onto your property.

PS. Tree workers much prefer working in live trees since you can somewhat predict what will happen to the trees once you start taking them down. That is not the case with a dead tree. You tie off or put your foot on a particular branch and away it goes to the ground and maybe the tree worker with it.

Hope this helps you with your decision. Don