The emerald ash borer is an invasive species that is extraordinarily destructive to ash trees in North America. Since the emerald ash borer’s initial discovery in the United States in 2002 near Detroit, Michigan, the beetles have killed hundreds of millions of commercially and aesthetically valuable ash trees in North America. emerald ash borer larvae girdle trees by feeding on the phloem and sapwood of ash trees, which prohibits the transportation of food and water to the rest of the tree, inevitably leading to decline and often death of the tree.
Emerald Ash Borer in Boulder
First discovered in Boulder in September of 2013, the emerald ash borer’s arrival was not only the first documented case of the pest in Colorado, but also the first time the emerald ash borer was discovered in western America. With no native predators in an area containing tens of thousands of ash trees, the impact of the emerald ash borer in Boulder and the surrounding areas will continue to be substantial. Considered one of the most destructive forest pests in the history of North America, the emerald ash borer populations will only continue to grow without the proper treatment. Fortunately, this treatment is one of the many services provided by the arborists at Blue River Forestry and Tree Care.
Preventing Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
Ash trees, with attractive growth habits and a variety of fall colors, add a unique beauty to urban landscapes in the Front Range, and the best step towards preserving your ash trees during the emerald ash borer epidemic is through ongoing preventative injections. At Blue River Tree Care, we provide the option of two of the most effective products on the market to suit the needs and desires of our clientele while also providing the best possible protection against borer infestation. Our ISA certified arborists will help you decide whether your ash trees are healthy enough to qualify for preventative ash borer treatments, and will help guide you through the appropriate next steps ensure the long term vigor and vitality of your ash trees.
Identifying Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Symptoms
With the removal of many of Boulder’s beautiful ash trees due to emerald ash borer infestation, keeping an eye out for symptoms is important.
These symptoms include:
- Thinning of upper branches and twigs
- Loss of leaves
- New sprouts on the lower trunk or branches
- Vertical splits in the bark that expose inner wood
Our arborists are fully equipped with the knowledge and experience to correctly identify an emerald ash borer infestation in your ash tree and come up with a complete, straight-forward plan for the immediate care and long-term management of the affected trees.
Removal and Disposal of Emerald Ash Borer Infested Wood in Boulder
Due to the biology of the emerald ash borer and the scope of the infestation in the Front Range at this point, removal of damaged or dead ash trees will often be the best option. Our ISA certified arborists will work with you to determine the safest, most efficient way to remove your tree while limiting the spread of emerald ash borer to other ash trees throughout Boulder.
If you live in Boulder County, chances are you have at least one ash tree that needs to be protected from decline or death due to emerald ash borer infestation. Feel free to contact one of our ISA certified arborists today or fill out a contact form for a free, no obligation, consult and quotation. We are located in Boulder County, CO and happily service Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and other surrounding areas.