We know the story all too well…
The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Ontario in 2002. It is native to Asia and is believed to have arrived in North America via wood packaging or pallets. After establishing a foothold in the Detroit area, it crossed over into Windsor. By 2006, it had made its way to London, Ontario and has been racing across Canada and the United States since then.
In 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) established a regulated area for EAB. To deter its spread, they prohibit the movement of ash wood or wood products with hefty fines and have created a massive media effort to help inform the public of the threat to ash trees from this invasive species. Unfortunately, millions of ash trees have succumbed to this virulent insect, which can kill a tree in less than two years and leaves behind a dangerous threat to any nearby people or properties, due to the fragile nature of the trees once they are dead.
This nightmare need not be the story everywhere though.
There is something you can do. And it is available from CLC Tree Services, right here in London, Ontario. While the city has been cutting down affected Fraxinus for the last several years, CLC Tree Services has offered TreeAzin® treatments as a preventive measure for ash trees against the EAB.
So when Jim Rae heard rumblings that the EAB was heading his way, he contacted Curt McCallum. A 60′ tall white ash tree had stood in his backyard almost as long as the nearly 70-year-old house had been there. It had survived several owners, a pool’s installation at its base, and the building of a tree fort in its limbs for Jim’s children, who are now grown and gone. There was no way he wanted to see the tree lost, if there was anything which could be done about it.
Curt’s suggestion – TreeAzin® treatments needed to be initiated.
That was over 7 years ago. Today, the ash tree still stands proudly shading the house, pool, and several other nearby trees. Green leaves flutter in the breeze high in the lush canopy of this thriving ash. The only holes to be found in the trunk of this Fraxinus are the ones left behind by the TreeAzin® treatments, which have been re-administered every two years. You can’t find the EAB’s D-shaped exit holes in this ash and for that, Jim is grateful.
Next year will be the ash tree’s fourth TreeAzin® treatment, but Jim doesn’t begrudge the cost in the least. In fact, CLC Tree Services also added cabling to the tree last year and a few years before. Retaining the majestic ash tree is worth it for this homeowner though.
In a neighbourhood where the streets are tree-lined, children’s names get etched into wet curbs, and white picket fences decorate otherwise fenceless properties, a thriving ash tree adds a touch of hope for the world at large. Sometimes we just have to work a little harder to ensure the world and its treasures will be there for the next generation to enjoy.
We are happy to report that this ash tree’s story is a happy one.