Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer! Funding Available

Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer! Funding Available

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Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer!

Dead street ash trees

Can anything be done to save the Ash trees of the Kawarthas? Yes. Although Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes, it is not too late to start protecting your Ash trees before these infestations grow.

Funding Available to Peterborough Residents

TreeCanada and sponsors U-HAUL and Telus have partnered with The City of Peterborough to offer a subsidy to approved home and property owners who wish to treat their ash trees against the Emerald Ash Borer. The initiative will offer owners of private ash trees a subsidy of up to $3.00 per centimetre of trunk diameter to treat with TreeAzin biopesticide against the Emerald Ash Borer. The scheme will run in two phases, the first will be for owners of up to 5 ash trees until 1 July 2015 and if the funds are not used up, will extend to owners of 6 or more ash trees until late August or until the funds are used up, whichever is first. Click here for more program information.

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Can our Ash trees be saved from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

Can our Ash trees be saved from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

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Can our ash trees be saved? Yes! If your ash tree is healthy, and has not been infested (or has a light infestation) we can help you save your trees!

Most people have heard about EAB in the news or through signage put up by the government. But not everyone knows that you can protect your trees from being killed by this insect.

What you need to know about EAB:

  • Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive invasive pest that arrived from Asia.
  • In North America, EAB was first detected in Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI (2002) but was likely present in these areas for several years prior to its discovery.
  • EAB beetles:
    • metallic green in color
    • about 1/2 inch long and an 1/8 inch wide
    • body is narrow and elongated, and the head is flat
    • eyes are kidney shaped and usually black.
    • feed on leaves and lay eggs from June to August
  • EAB larvae:
    • white and flat, with distinctive bell-shaped segments
    • grow up to 1 inch long
    • feed on inner bark, cutting off water and nutrient flow
  • EAB attacks all species of True Ash (Fraxinus spp.) found in North America.
  • EAB kills True Ash of any size or age, even healthy trees.
  • EAB does not attack or kill Mountain Ash.

What signs to look for:

  • Dead branches
  • Bark cracks
  • Heavy seeding (on female trees only)
  • Canopy thinning
  • Premature yellowing of foliage
  • Woodpecker and squirrel feeding
  • Epicormic shoots on main stem and/or major canopy branches

Please note that the above signs can be caused by other pests and/or stress.

What can be done:

  • TreeAzin is a systemic insecticide injected directly into the base of trees.
  • TreeAzin is produced from Neem tree (Azadiracta indica) seed extracts.
  • Neem extracts have been used for centuries to control insects.
  • The active ingredent in TreeAzin is Azadirachtin (5% solution).
  • TreeAzin is NOT Neem Oil.
  • In Canada, TreeAzin is registered by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) (PCP 30559).
  • TreeAzin is exempt from Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act.
  • TreeAzin is owned by the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and was developed in collaboration with BioForest, who holds its worldwide license.

It is important to note that whatever course of action you choose you will have to spend money on these trees. Even if you decided to let them die you will have to have the tree removed before it becomes a hazard. Especially if the tree has targets it could harm/damage when it fails.

LTE to speak at Emerald Ash Borer Info Session- March 26th

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The County of Peterborough, in association with local townships and Fleming College’s Ecosystem Management students, will be hosting a free public information session on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The event will take place at the Douro-Dummer community center (2893 Highway 28, Douro-Dummer, Ontario).

This session will provide landowners with information on how to identify ash trees on their property, as well as how to notice signs of emerald ash borer infestation. There will also be licensed contractors* at the event to provide information on treatment and removal options. Since seating is limited, please register for the event by clicking here. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the County of Peterborough at info@county.peterborough.on.ca.

-excerpt from Fleming College info poster

*Logan Tree Experts will be attending the meeting to discuss the treatment option TreeAzin as well as answer any other inquiries. Click here to visit our Tree Health Care page for more information on Emerald Ash Borer.