Ash Trees Killed by Emerald Ash Borers Are a Safety Hazard and Giroud Tree and Lawn Urges Homeowners to Remove Dead Ash Trees As Soon As Possible

Two Ash trees next door to each other. The healthy Ash tree has been protected from Emerald Ash Borer since 2015 . The neighbor’s Ash was not treated and is dead. It must be removed for safety.

A dead Ash tree is not a simple tree removal. The brittle tree can break apart in unexpected ways and cause significant damage.

Dead Ash trees are all too common as Emerald Ash Borers continue to spread across the Philadelphia region. Emerald Ash Borers are fast killers and leave behind dangerous trees that are likely to break apart or fall. Giroud Tree and Lawn explains why dead Ash trees pose a higher safety risk than other dead trees and require professional tree removal.

“Two realities make an Ash tree killed by Emerald Ash Borers especially dangerous,” says Mike Chenail, ISA Certified Arborist with Giroud Tree and Lawn:

1.    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 dry and brittle.

2.    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.

“Because of moisture loss and weak structure,” explains Mike. “Homeowners should remove the dead Ash promptly especially if the tree is located near a home, driveway, play area, road or pedestrian walkway.”

A dead Ash tree is not a simple tree removal. The brittle tree can break apart in unexpected ways and cause significant damage.

A professional tree service will evaluate the tree’s condition and determine if a tree climber can safely work in the tree or if a crane and/or…

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