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.