Buttons going up throughout town on handled ash bushes – Albert Lea Tribune


Buttons going up throughout town on handled ash bushes Printed 8:56 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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Buttons have been going up everywhere in the metropolis, from Canary Drive and Plainview Lane to Newton Avenue and even the splash pad. However nobody is carrying them.


That’s as a result of the buttons are being positioned on handled ash bushes.

“We contracted with Rainbow Treecare initially when emerald ash borer was found in our space for them to plot a emerald ash borer plan,” stated Ryan Hajek, assistant director of public works for town of Albert Lea.

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Town and the corporate will decide what to do shifting ahead and the way dangerous the bug was infesting ash bushes within the county. If the bug makes its strategy to Albert Lea, and if bushes are left untreated, each ash in Albert Lea will probably be useless inside 5 years.

The bug was first found in 2021 inside northwestern Freeborn County, and in keeping with a Minnesota Division of Agriculture map, the bug has been found north and west of Albert Lea, although to be clear there have been no confirmed instances of emerald ash borer in Albert Lea.

“[Doing this] is a preventative if they arrive,” he stated. “They will be right here trigger it’s been discovered. It’s in Austin actually dangerous.”

Solely high-quality bushes are being handled, which means they’re in a superb location and don’t present indicators of different ailments. They’ve additionally eliminated roughly 270 bushes that had been both too massive or too close to the tip of their lifespan.

“It’s type of like taking a vaccine,” he stated. “Should you take a vaccine you’re stopping one thing from taking place despite the fact that it’s not essentially there.”

Due to the remedy, any beetles that arrive from outdoors the realm won’t have an effect on the ash bushes.

Ash cambium miner is a fly current underneath the bark of ash as larva. Larva that began in branches will then tunnel to the roots and soil.

“All this feeding on the tree, finally that’s the place all of the vitamins journey up into the tree,” he stated, including that if left untreated the bugs will kill the tree.

The remedy was utilized over two days earlier this yr, with one-third handled this yr, one other one-third scheduled subsequent yr and the ultimate third deliberate for 2 years from now. And after that, they’ll begin re-treating them.

Hajek stated the simplest strategy to differentiate a wholesome ash from an contaminated one is to search for items of lacking bark towards the highest of the tree. Woodpecker holes on the high of an ash are additionally a possible signal, as he stated they had been seeking to get the larvae.


“Individuals make a mistake as a result of they search for emerald ash borer on the trunk,” he stated. “While you’ve obtained emerald ash borer on the trunk and there are woodpecker holes within the trunk, that tree’s up to now alongside that it’s going to die so it’s already not price saving.”

Whatever the standing, Hajek encourages everybody with an ash tree to deal with it by contacting a licensed arborist comparable to Albert Lea Tree Service.

“It’s not if it’s going to occur, it’s when it’s going to occur,” he stated.

As a result of the bug was found within the county, ash wooden is not permitted to journey throughout county strains.

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