Is my ash dying?
I have a large ash in my front lawn. (The circumference of the trunk at ground level is 122 inches.) It has been dropping dead wood for years, but I am worried about what seems to be a recent increase in the proportion of dead branches, prominent lichen on the trunk, and my recent awareness of the emerald ash borer in Maryland. I've attached a few pictures. 1. Can you give me an initial impression? 2. Does what you see suggest the need to get on site professional advice? 3. How do I find a competent tree service to help?
We notice there is dead wood and some branch dieback on the ash tree. That said, many ash trees are dying in Maryland now due to emerald ash borer damage. Here is our page on the Emerald Ash Borer https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/invasives/emerald-ash-borer
We recommend that you contact several certified arborists for an onsite evaluation regarding the health of the tree and the best way to proceed. Here is the list of certified arborists http://www.treesaregood.org/