Monday, June 30, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer and other Tree Removals

The Emerald Ash Borer moved into our area a few years ago.  It will be only a mater of time before the Ash trees go the way of the American Elm during the Dutch Elm Disease (DED) outbreak of the 1970's, which still continues to this day.  But since the outbreak of DED, breading of resistant Elms has occurred at Morton Arboretum.  A few years ago we planted a few of these Elm around the course; left of #6 fairway and right of #2 near the cart path by the green.  So far the Elms have been doing great.

As Ash trees are weakened by the borers, they will be removed.  Today we are taking down 5 Ash Trees, 2 pines and a Silver Maple.  The Scotch Pines have been dying for many years around the course from a borer that attacks them.  The Silver Maple on #18 was rotten and deemed a safety hazard.  Last week a large limb broke off the Silver Maple exposing the decay.  This week we will also be removing a dead oak next to #7 tee (on the right).  The winter was hard on many trees and they are still showing signs of stress and some may die for no apparent reason.

Silver Maple to the right of #18 fairway bunker was rotten and a safety hazard, so it was removed.  Last week a large limb broke off of the tree.

Ash trees are slowing becoming infected with the Emerald Ash Borer.  When they begin to show signs of decline, they will be removed.  The dead branches at the top of the Ash, with a flush of suckers is the first indication it is infected.