Editorial: Help minimize risk to trees from ash borer

Daily Journal

Early this month, a mature and seemingly healthy ash tree was cut down in Franklin.

The tree was not damaged in a storm and was not threatening to fall on a house. The shade it threw was as efficient at cooling the home as a large air conditioner, and the large tree fit in nicely with the homeowner’s landscape plan.

Now there is a hole in that plan.

The cause of the tree’s premature demise was the emerald ash borer, a tiny insect that lays eggs in mature ash trees, leaving the young to feast on the tree, eventually killing it.

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