By now you have probably heard of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), but we are going to summarize some key things to keep an eye out for!
- It is nearly impossible to detect the beetles from the ground because they first infect the tree's crown.
- Ash trees are street trees found in communities throughout NJ - to identify a tree as ash, it has a compound leaf with five, seven, nine or 11 leaflets.
- The lifespan of an infected tree is 3-4 years.
- The option to not remove an ash tree is limited to wooded areas, where the tree may not cause harm. Unless the tree is in a wooden area, it should be removed.
- Municipalities should have already triaged ash trees and determined a plan to remove.
- It is best to utilize the ash wood locally - some municipalities can help with recycling options