Ash borer scourge spreads south

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 10:25 PM

The discovery at Fort Snelling Golf Course raises concerns about the potential for the pest to spread to neighboring Dakota County.

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jimmyolsonAug. 15, 1211:15 AM

The city of Mpls brings trees that have been cut to an area adjacent to the golf course where they mulch them into chips. It does not surprise me that the ash borer has taken foot in this location.

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cindaleAug. 15, 1212:02 PM

I've saw some in Richfield this spring. The mailman said his tree in Edina was infested and taken down. And there are signs of them in SW minneapolis. I think the issue is more widely spread than what is being reported.

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melvinAug. 15, 12 5:23 PM

I hope this is not similar to the Dutch Elm disease that wiped out many beautiful trees.

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bigtmnAug. 15, 12 5:28 PM

For those who have ash trees and don't know this, there are treatments available to protect your ash trees. It's not cheap but if you have a tree that you really don't want to lose, there are alternatives. You may have to contact an aborist.

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cindaleAug. 15, 12 5:36 PM

Melvin. I know. I saw a very stately but lonely elm last night and thought the same.

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cinemajayAug. 15, 12 6:21 PM

We paid about $200 to protect the ash tree (a 40 ft tall specimen!) in our back yard. Treatment lasts for 2 years. It's well worth it if you have a large tree that provides shade to your house.

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imperial67Aug. 15, 12 6:56 PM

Unfortunately I believe it is a matter of time. If i had a big mature ash I would maybe try and treat/protect it . Otherwise I would put that money toward a hardier species of tree.

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opine4meAug. 15, 12 7:03 PM

Darn, now the course will never host a major.

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highlife75Aug. 15, 12 7:32 PM

Time to set up golf club and bag washing stations and cleat inspection in the parking lots of golf courses!

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spartavilleAug. 16, 1212:14 AM

They brought in some wasps that were supposed to attack the ash borer. Has anyone heard how that experiment went? I recall hearing that 1/3 of our trees are ash. Sadly this could be worse than elm disease.

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