Emerald Ash Borer
Tiny insect, large devastation
Recent history has shown that once Emerald Ash Borers establish in an area, the ash tree population will be virtually depleted within ten years. Emerald Ash Borers are thought to have been active in the Springboro and Tipp City communities in 2006 or possibly earlier. Today, there are only a few isolated areas here in S.W. Ohio where EAB activity has not been identified. The photo below is just one example of the devastation caused by this tiny, exotic insect here in the Miami Valley and throughout much of Ohio.
There are several treatment methods available to try and control the damage caused by EAB, and while all have been successful to varying degrees, no treatment has shown to be successful 100% of the time. Preservation versus removal of a tree is a personal decision, and can be a difficult choice to make. We here at Buckeye Ecocare continue to monitor ongoing EAB research and control efforts, and we will present homeowners with available options when deciding which course of action to take regarding the future of their ash trees.
For additional information regarding Emerald Ash Borer, please refer to the following web sites:
Heading Into Summer
As the beautiful colors of May begin to fade into the dog days of summer we are reminded of just how fickle Mother nature can be. While Troy and Tipp are still recovering from flooding the Middletown and Monroe lawns are beginning to brown.
We are still 21 days from the official start of summer so we need to start tracking rainfall amounts and consider getting our sprinklers ready. Cool season turf grows optimally between 55-75 degrees! Hopefully next month we will be discussing a cool wet summer like we enjoyed in 2013 and not a drought.