Dead Ash Trees Are Not Safe and Giroud Tree and Lawn Urges Removal if Near Homes or Other Valuable Property

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Emerald Ash Borer is a dangerous insect that has killed millions of Ash Trees across the country and the death toll continues to climb. But there’s something in particular that makes this this fatal pest a big cause for concern: Two realities make Ash Trees killed by Emerald Ash Borers a safety hazard and Giroud Tree and Lawn urges homeowners to have the trees removed to prevent damage to homes or other valuable property.

Giroud Tree and Lawn shows the dead Ash tree on the right was killed by Emerald Ash Borers.  The healthy tree on the left was protected against attack by TreeAge Trunk Injection.

Emerald Ash Borers are killing Ash trees in Philadelphia. Giroud Tree and Lawn shows the dead Ash tree on the right was killed by Emerald Ash Borers, unlike the healthy, treated Ash on the left.

In good conscience, a company should not take money from homeowners for treatments that do not fully protect a tree from Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer is a dangerous insect that invades and destroys Ash trees. The fatal pest has killed millions of trees across the country since first appearing in 2002. But Giroud Tree and Lawn explains why the Emerald Ash Borer plague is a big cause for concern- Dead Ash Trees are Not Safe!

Emerald Ash Borers are fast killers!

Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borers die within 1-3 years. To understand why dead Ash trees are not safe, it is best to first to look at how the Emerald Ash Borer invades and inevitably kills a tree.

The adult borers swarm the tree and lay eggs under the bark. Once the larvae emerge, Emerald Ash Borers immediately start chewing through the wood of the tree. Imagine veins with blood flowing freely through a body. In much the same way, the veins in the grains of the tree allow water to flow through the tree. When the larvae chew through the wood, it cuts off water circulation. Additionally, the adult Borers create thousands of exit wounds, further causing damage that dries out the tree.

If more than half of a tree’s crown is dead, the Ash tree cannot be saved. Unfortunately, a dead Ash tree quickly becomes a safety hazard. Tree removal will be necessary, especially if the dead Ash is located near a home, driveway or play area.

Why Are Dead Ash Trees Unsafe?

Two realities make Ash Trees killed by Emerald Ash Borers a safety hazard

Moisture Loss: Emerald Ash Borers cut off the flow of water and nutrients through the tree. Additionally, the fatal pest creates thousands of exit wounds. Both conspire to dry out the tree and make it brittle.

Weak Structure: The same straight, tight grain that makes Ash great for baseball bats and splitting firewood is also why its limbs and leaders easily split apart. The result is a dry, brittle tree that is at high risk for breaking apart.

Removal Must Be Done ASAP

A dead Ash tree is not a simple tree removal. The brittle tree is so dry that it can break apart in unexpected ways and cause significant damage. The first step is to have the tree evaluated by an ISA Certified Arborist.

The Arborist will evaluate the tree’s condition. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if a tree climber can safely work in the tree or if a crane and/or bucket truck is required. The longer the dead tree is left in the ground, the drier and more dangerous it becomes, making tree removal even more complicated and expensive.

Take Action

Don’t wait. Take the following steps now:

1. Inspection: Have an ISA Certified Arborist evaluate the tree and recommend the best action.

2. Tree Removal: If the Ash tree is dead or has become unsafe, prompt removal is required.

Treatment: If the Ash tree is still healthy enough to absorb treatment, a systemic trunk injection of Tree-age® every two years protects Ash from Emerald Ash Borers.

“In good conscience, a company should not take money from homeowners for treatments that do not fully protect a tree from Emerald Ash Borer,” says Lou Giroud, ISA Certified Arborist and President of Giroud Tree and Lawn. “While other treatments may reduce EAB populations, the deadly pest can still be in the tree and continue to destroy it over time. Tree-age trunk injections are the only treatment that Giroud recommends to its customers.”

4. Regular Pruning: In combination with treatment, remove deadwood and prune to promote healthy growth.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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