S-shape channels: found under the tree's bark caused by larval feeding
Heavy woodpecker activity: that is especially noticeable during winter moths
D-shapep exit holes: that are only 1/8 inch wide found in the tree's bark on the limbs and trunk, the result of the emergence of newly formed adults
water sprouts (epicormic shoots) that appear at the tree's trunk
Dieback of leaves: that begins in the upper third of the tree and progresses downward over time
Look for a combination of these symptoms on your trees
When an ash tree is dead or dying because it has been infested with the emerald ash borer, a saddened homeowner must confront the next step: getting it cut down.
Because its wood is brittle, a dead ash tree must not be left standing.
"It's a safety hazard," Limbs can break, endangering people and causing property damage, or the entire tree can fall.
The ash tree dies by drying out, because the borers cut off the vessels that carry moisture out to the branches, the wood already has become brittle before its end.
"Some kinds of trees can stand for many years after they die,but the ash tree is not one of them,"
If a tree fall in the forest, "it provides a wonderful habitat for many plants and animals,"but if it dies in your yard, you want it gone." A falling tree or branches could harm people or damage buildings and cars.
Don't delay, because the more the tree dries out the more risky— and expensive— the job will become.
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Dying ash tree in your yard? Prompt tree removal is a must