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Ash tree help
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:17:29 PM »
Hi-

I have a couple of Ash trees (I think) in my backyard. One looks healthy to me, the other not so much. Can anyone verify they are ash? If so, any thoughts if the unhealthy one might be subject to EAB. Here are three pics of the 'healthy' one.






And here are three of the unhealthy one

I may be difficult to see but there are a few dead branches half way up on the left side






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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 10:28:59 PM »
Yes, they are ash.
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 04:42:05 PM »
Thanks for the confirmation WDH.

Anyone have thoughts on the health of the second tree?

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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 08:16:02 PM »
It does not look the best, but give it some more time to see if if might get better.
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 07:02:52 PM »
They are definitely Ash. Look for Borer marks on the bark you will see little holes. They can have death in the canopy for various reasons other than EAB and it is difficult too see in your photos if there are borer holes. If you see the holes the tree will not recover on its own. You can purchase products off of Amazon that are very easy to use you just drill into the bark and tap the spike in that contains the instecticide. If one of the trees has it the other will as well.
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 05:11:18 AM »
That epicormic growth on the trunk of the unhealthy tree is another EAB indicator.  Check for loose bark and bark splits. Many times you can pry open the splits a little and see the galleries created by the larva.  We found the D shaped exit holes,  suckering,  loose bark,  and splits are usually evident on the south facing trunk first when EAB was the culprit.  Bayer Tree & Shrub has worked well on a couple yard trees we wanted to save and had been treating for a few years before EAB became evident in the area.  They're the only (2) mature ash trees for miles around.  It did not do much for trees at another location that had been under obvious attack though.

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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 08:39:31 PM »
My land is surrounded with beautiful white ash if I ever see someone from the city bringing ash firewood to my place I think I'll have a heart attack. I'm even considering having family and friends wash their cars before coming over.
But I'm resigned with the fact that sooner or later they will be trashed. I started planting oak and walnut to eventually take their place
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2018, 11:16:03 PM »
Not to dampen your spirit there but now the walnut has thousand canker disease and the white oak has wilt, so.... On a good note - there ain't nothing that is killing Sweet Gum!!  
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 07:51:05 AM »
Sweet Gum?? I just looked it up. It a beautiful tree but not sure it will grow this far north. I'll talk to some people I know at a tree farm not far from here.
Thanks for the suggestion. But i am pretty discouraged about what is happening to our trees. Are they the canaries in the coal mine?
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 09:01:46 PM »
Lumbergent,

   I think Southside is pulling your leg. I think the reason nothing bothers the sweetgum is that nothing wants or uses them (except beavers love them).
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2018, 09:23:09 AM »
When I had goats they preferred the sweet gum over all the other trees. I have white oaks that are slowly dieing off over a few years I think its from Oak anthracnose. The snow and ice storm from last week only seemed to really damage the red maples. Lost 3 trees completely and will have to drop 3 or 4 more that were so damaged from having all there branches ripped off that if left they will just die.
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Re: Ash tree help
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 10:15:41 PM »
It's been almost a year since my original post, here's an update.

Here's the one that was 'healthy' last year (picture 1 from original post). Not looking so good now.





Looks like EAB got it  :(





Here's the 'unhealthy' one (picture 4 from original post). Looks about the same as last year, no bore holes noticeable.





Probably take the infected one down in the fall.


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