The Ash Tree Savior Comes for His First Emerald Ash Borer Preventative Treatment

Spring came late last year to McHenry County and so did Master Arborist Waye White.

Master Arborist Wayne White was in town today spraying insecticide around the trunk of the ash tree that shades our bedroom.

He was so busy, he wrote on a note I found by my front door, that he didn’t have time to stop and chat as he usually does.

As luck would have it, you can see what he did last May 8th in the photo to the right.

Cities all over the Chicagoland area have just given up on saving their ash trees.

The Chicago Tribune ran an article on what one of the larger suburbs, Arlington Height, is doing to cope with the infestation.

No preventative treatment for Arlington Heights.

No siree.

Instead they are talking about borrowing $11.5 million to remove and replace those ash trees.

13,000 city parkway ash trees.

Having apparently done nothing to prevent the spreak of the Emerald Ash Borer, Arlington Heights was talking about borrowing $11.5 million to cut down its ask trees. Note that village officials are planning to replace old debt with new debt. No mention is made the village tax bill would be cut if preventative action had been taken.

White was contacted by neighbors disturbed at seeing 177 ash trees marked for removal and drove from Michigan to speak to residents.

White discovered that treatment couldn’t be financed by a bond issue, but could pay for cutting down the trees and planting newer (of course, smaller) ones.

And the village fathers did find $2 million to start the destructive process in 2012.

“The grim reality is that you CAN get huge sums of money by borrowing and mortgaging your city’s future when it is faced with a catastrophic situation,” White wrote in an article on his web site.

“Namely the safety of the community when the dying and dead ash trees threaten life and property because they are very dangerous when they die and left standing.”

Unlike Arlington Heights, Naperville is treating parkway trees that can be saved, according to the recently issued “Naperville Connected” newsletter.

“In order to prevent the further spread of the emerald ash borer a containment strategy has been developed which consists of removing parkway ash trees that cannot be saved and treating the remaining parkway ash trees citywide.

“The treatment of the healthy parkway ash trees will begin in April and continue until July.”

White will return to the area in early June (maybe late May with this year’s early spring) to inject insecticide into the ground and the cambium of the tree trunk.

The areas under attack by the Emeral Ash Borer as of 2012.

If you live in an area threatened by this tree-killing insect, you might want to give Wayne White a call…before you face the problem Arlington Heights residents met when they saw their trees marked for destruction.

You can see here what White has been able to do to save ash trees on airport property near Detroit compared to what happened across the street in a residential neighborhood where there was no preventative action taken.

More detailed information, complete with pictures, about what White does to treat an ash tree in late May or June in normal years can be seen in this article.

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