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    Ash Tree Advice

    If anyone is a tree expert here, I'm looking for some advice. I have an 8 year old Ash Tree (or what I believe to be an Ash based on some internet research). It is in my front yard and is finally big enough to provide some shade, landscaping, curb appeal etc. But not so big that it would be a major project to remove it.

    Do I cut my losses now and remove\replace it. Or let it continue to grow until there is an issue? I don't want to treat as it is costly.

    Is there even a chance it won't be affected by the EAB?


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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Had a nursery look at one in our yard and his statement was to do nothing. The cost to cut it would be similar to the spray to protect it if it's hit. This is more mature though. If it's not big, you could zip it down fairly cheaply and start over.



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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Yes, it will get the ash borer, I will be shocked if it doesn't. Check with tree services and lawn and garden places to find out who does treatments. There is stuff you can sprinkle at the base, but that usually works with the smaller trees. What's the diameter?

    All we take down at work is ash trees because they're all dead.


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    Just had a 35ft ash tree removed and the stump ground. Was only $400-$500 bucks. Not bad at all. Also have had the treatment done on a slightly larger ash and that was $200 which you have to do every two years. The only treatment that is effective is the arbor jet system.



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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by stormchaser2014 View Post
    Yes, it will get the ash borer, I will be shocked if it doesn't. Check with tree services and lawn and garden places to find out who does treatments. There is stuff you can sprinkle at the base, but that usually works with the smaller trees. What's the diameter?

    All we take down at work is ash trees because they're all dead.
    Right now it is 8" at the widest point. It is maybe 15 feet tall. Didn't grow well the first few years we had it. So, while 8 years old, it really just started to hit a growth spurt the last 3 or 4 years.

    It pains me to think about removing it. Not only because it is getting big finally, but it is the center of our front landscaping. We'll need to remove lots of other plants and some stone work to put in a new tree.


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    I have two ashes between sidewalk and street. Not looking forward to losing them at some point.
    Since they are in that location and planted when the subdivision when in, are they technically the city's?


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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Not an arborist, but I have done some research, since I am on the board of my HOA and we have 30 ash trees. We're treating them because that's what the homeowners wanted. I would have cut them all down and started over, because IMO they will all die and in the mean time it costs about $100/year to treat them. Any arborist who says the ash borer will die out (and they are out there) is being irresponsible, because there is no evidence to indicate that it will.

    If I only had one, and it was only 15 feet tall, I would pull the plug and start over



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Right now it is 8" at the widest point. It is maybe 15 feet tall. Didn't grow well the first few years we had it. So, while 8 years old, it really just started to hit a growth spurt the last 3 or 4 years.

    It pains me to think about removing it. Not only because it is getting big finally, but it is the center of our front landscaping. We'll need to remove lots of other plants and some stone work to put in a new tree.
    8 inches is probably too big for the sprinkle stuff. It's definitely worth it to get it treated. If you notice dead branches at the top and/or woodpeckers in it, it has the borer. We charge $8/inch for treatments, but not sure what the market it like in Iowa, so shop around. Getting it treated twice will probably still be cheaper than having it taken down.


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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    The city cut a pretty big ash tree between sidewalk and street at their (city) expense at my neighbor's right next to me but treated mine for no charge since it is younger and very healthy. I treated another in my back yard that is huge but again very healthy - about 375.00-worth every penny to me to give it a try.



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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Just had a 35ft ash tree removed and the stump ground. Was only $400-$500 bucks. Not bad at all. Also have had the treatment done on a slightly larger ash and that was $200 which you have to do every two years. The only treatment that is effective is the arbor jet system.
    Not bad for $400-500?!? Holy ****. I have 37 ash trees in my 8 acre yard. Better start saving I guess.


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    i spent an entire summer two years ago driving around and assessing the health of all the cities ash trees.... will never get that time back....

    If you had a tree that was tagged with a silver tag or spray painted pink... that was me!



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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycurtis View Post
    Not bad for $400-500?!? Holy ****. I have 37 ash trees in my 8 acre yard. Better start saving I guess.
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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    If anyone is a tree expert here, I'm looking for some advice. I have an 8 year old Ash Tree (or what I believe to be an Ash based on some internet research). It is in my front yard and is finally big enough to provide some shade, landscaping, curb appeal etc. But not so big that it would be a major project to remove it.

    Do I cut my losses now and remove\replace it. Or let it continue to grow until there is an issue? I don't want to treat as it is costly.

    Is there even a chance it won't be affected by the EAB?
    I've treated two trees larger with a liquid pesticide order on Amazon. It was around $50 for two years for both trees, so good so far.



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    Re: Ash Tree Advice

    I bought a Maple and an Elm tree last year because I know my Ash is going to go. Have been buying a pour on Bayer insecticide that is supposed to work on Ash Borers and it's about $25/year. If it can buy me a few years will get that much more size on the new trees.

    Hate to see the Ash go. Such nice trees. Now I know what they felt like a couple generations ago when Dutch Elm disease went through and killed the American Elm.



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    I'd dig a big hole and bury it. Mostly so when people ask about the hole you can say it's an ashhole.



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