LINO LAKES – (April 1, 2020) – Since a tiny pest was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009, the outlook has not been good for ash trees. They’re being attacked by an invasive beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer. Experts say without treatment, ash trees will become diseased and eventually die.
“Every ash tree in the city that isn’t injected will be killed in very short order, maybe a couple of years,” said Lino Lakes Environmental Coordinator Andy Nelson.
He says now is the time to decide whether you will eventually take the tree down, or have it treated. Nelson says the problem is getting worse.
“The beetles are really increase in numbers around the city,” said Nelson. “The infestation rates are increasing. You are seeing a lot more physical damage, so in an effort to slow down this beetle and protect some trees, we’ve entered into an agreement with Rainbow Treecare so residents can get a discount injection price.”
A tree would have to be treated every two to three years for protection from Emerald Ash Borers. But Nelson says the discount offered through the city is a significant savings for homeowners. You can get a free consultation to see if your tree would be a good candidate by contacting Rainbow Treecare through the city’s website.