Ash Trees Dying in Clinton

Emerald Ash Borer continues to kill Clinton’s ash trees. By now I am sure you have noticed the toll it has taken on the majority of Ash trees in our community.  The City of Clinton has taken a proactive stance on the devastation it is causing in Clinton.  We have taken a citywide assessment and inventory on our city trees (trees on city property, including parks, and also in city boulevards).  We have treated over 150 of the ash trees that we feel are worth treating.  Treatment needs to be done once a year for soil drench, or every two years for injected treatment.

We also have a removal plan in place, starting with the severe trees first being removed. We are in the third Year of this having removed well over a hundred of the affected trees.  Fortunately, Clinton’s percentage of Ash trees is less than 20% of the total trees, this is lower than a lot of communities, however this will leave a large impact in Clinton. 

As a homeowner, if you do have ash trees, please evaluate whether you are going to try to save your tree or prepare plans to have it removed.  If the canopy is over 50% bare, it’s probably not worth treating. If an ash tree is smaller than 47 inches around the trunk at chest height (or 15”diameter) you are able to treat easily yourself with a granular or soil drench, which will cost approximately $20-26/year. This treatment must be done yearly.  Larger mature ash trees will probably have to be done by injection by an arborist. This is done every two years. Please be aware the Emerald Ash Borer will kill all infected trees that are not treated in Clinton!  If or when your Ash succumbs to this, please have a plan to remove as soon as possible. A dead tree quickly become a liability for injury and property damage.

The City is currently working and budgeting to plant new trees on city property and hope property owners will plant new trees to replace all the trees that have and will have to be removed.  

Trees not only increase property values, they shade, provide wildlife habitat, block noise, reduces water runoff, and most importantly absorb carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from our air and release OXYGEN!  For more information, contact:  rpennock@mediacombb.net