In this Minnesota Monthly story, Travis McDonald of Davey's South Minneapolis office shares advice on replacing ash trees if you've had to remove them because of emerald ash borer. He talks about what to consider before you plant along with the top tree species to replace ash trees in the Midwest.
Posted: June 2. 2017
Emerald ash borer beetles lay eggs inside ash trees, where the larvae feed beneath the bark and disrupt the tree's access to nutrients. Strong winds can fall the weakened timber, threatening people and property.
Thus, green ribbons mark ash trees across the metro—a sign of the state’s accelerating emerald ash borer infestation. A ribbon means the tree will disappear over the next few years, as the cities have taken the chainsaw approach rather than using costly pesticides potentially harmful to bees and other insects.