Naperville begins ash tree treatment
The City of Naperville, Ill., has begun its multi-year treatment plan for all healthy ash trees.
The city will treat ash trees located in the parkways to reduce the damage inflicted by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
The city's efforts have resulted in more than 90 percent of the ash trees remaining in good shape, with minimal to no EAB damage. The city reports only 2,242 ash trees have declined, requiring removal.
Contractors will utilize three different types of treatments for the 14,000 parkway ash trees in the city, including Xytect and Safari. The treatments will be performed from April until June.
If a homeowner's tree receives treatment, a door hanger will be posted at their residence notifying them of the treatment.
Badly infected parkway ash trees will be removed. The city will contact the homeowner in the event that a tree in their parkway must be removed.
“Should homeowners wish to attempt to save their ash trees, treating them now is essential,” City Forester Jack Mitz said. “If homeowners have questions or concerns, they should consult with an arborist to help assess if the tree they have is indeed an ash tree, and if they want to attempt to save it.”
A map displaying progression of the treatments can be found at www.naperville.il.us.