6 Ways to Combat the Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota: How to Hire a Professional Tree Care Specialist
Emerald ash Borer

The invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been a devastating pest in Minnesota, causing significant damage to ash trees. The EAB is an invasive insect that feeds on the bark of ash trees, disrupting their ability to transport water and nutrients, ultimately leading to the tree’s demise. With millions of ash trees in Minnesota at risk, it’s crucial to understand how to effectively deal with this pest and the importance of hiring a professional tree care specialist.

Understanding the Emerald Ash Borer

The Minnesota Emerald ash Borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. It was first detected in Minnesota in 2009 and has since spread across the state, wreaking havoc on our beloved ash trees. The larvae of these beetles burrow into the bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s nutrient and water supply. Over time, this can lead to the tree’s death.

Hiring a Professional Tree Care Specialist

When dealing with EAB, it’s essential to hire a certified arborist or a professional tree care specialist. These experts are equipped with the knowledge and tools to safely remove infested trees, reducing the risk of the EAB spreading further. Here are some tips on hiring a tree care specialist:

  1. Certification: Look for an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). ISA-certified arborists adhere to the highest standards of tree care.
  2. Insurance: Ensure the tree care company is fully insured. This provides you with protection should any accidents occur during the tree removal process.
  3. Experience: Check the company’s experience and reputation. A company with a long history and positive reviews is likely to provide quality service.

At Urban Tree & Landscape, our team of ISA-certified arborists has over 25 years of experience in the industry. We are fully equipped to handle EAB infestations, ensuring the safe removal of affected trees and minimizing the further spread of this pest.

Planting New Trees

Once an infested tree is removed, it’s important to consider replanting. A professional tree care specialist can provide advice on suitable tree species to plant, taking into consideration the local climate and soil conditions. Planting a variety of tree species can help create a more resilient urban forest less susceptible to future pests. Additionally, regular maintenance and pruning can help promote the overall health of trees and prevent future infestations.

In addition to replanting with suitable tree species, there are other steps that can be taken to prevent pests from attacking your urban forest. These include practicing good sanitation practices such as removing dead or diseased branches, debris, and fallen leaves regularly. This helps eliminate potential breeding grounds for pests.

Another important factor in preventing pest infestations is proper watering and fertilization. Overwatering can weaken a tree’s roots and make it more susceptible to pests. On the other hand, under-watering can cause stress on the tree, making it more vulnerable to attacks. Consult with a professional arborist to determine the specific watering needs for each variety of trees.

At Urban Tree & Landscape, we’re not just about removing trees; we’re passionate about fostering a healthy urban forest. We can guide you in choosing the right trees to plant in your yard, ensuring a beautiful and diverse landscape for years to come.

Emerald Ash Borer is a significant threat to Minnesota’s ash trees, but with the right professional help, we can mitigate its impact. If you suspect an EAB infestation or need assistance with tree care, don’t hesitate to contact us at (612) 532-9996. Let’s work together to protect and nurture our little corner of the urban forest.

Emerald Ash Borer Tree Removal

If you have any concerns about your trees on your property and are located in the Twin Cities metro area, please contact Urban Tree and Landscape today at (612) 532-9996 to schedule an appointment.

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