Ash Tree Removal: How to Safely and Efficiently Remove Damaged or Diseased Trees

Removing Dead Ash Trees

Ash trees are a common sight in many neighborhoods in New Jersey, but when they become damaged or diseased, they can pose a serious threat to your property and the safety of your family. If you have an ash tree on your property that needs to be removed, it’s important to work with a professional tree removal service that has the experience and equipment to safely and efficiently remove the tree.

At Eugene M. Brennan Tree Service, we are experts in ash tree removal, serving homeowners and businesses in New Jersey. Our team of certified arborists has the knowledge and expertise to safely remove ash trees of all sizes, while minimizing damage to your property.

White Ash tree
Ash tree in New Jersey

Ash trees are a member of the olive family, and are known for their tall, straight trunks and graceful branches. There are several species of ash trees, including white ash, green ash, and black ash. Each species has its own unique characteristics and growth habits, which can affect the difficulty and safety of removal.

White Ash

The White Ash tree is a large, deciduous tree growing to heights of 50-80 feet and a trunk diameter of up to 4 feet. It is native to North America, but is also found in Europe and parts of Asia. Its leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, and typically have 5-9 leaflets. The leaflets have a pointed tip, and the leaves turn yellow to purple in autumn. The bark is gray and furrowed with interlacing ridges. White Ash is a popular tree for landscaping due to its symmetrical growth, attractive form, and fall foliage. It is also used as a hardwood in furniture, flooring, and tool handles.

Green Ash

The Green Ash Tree is a popular ornamental tree that is widely used in landscaping. It is a medium to large deciduous tree that can reach heights of up to 80 feet and a spread of up to 60 feet. It has a dense, pyramidal crown, with compound leaves that are bright green in the summer and yellow-green in the fall. It is relatively drought-tolerant, but prefers to grow in moist, well-drained soils. The bark has a distinctive diamond pattern and its wood is strong, resilient, and useful for a variety of applications. The Green Ash is a popular choice for parks, streets, and yards, and it is perfect for those looking for a large, attractive shade tree.

Black Ash

The black ash tree is a deciduous tree native to North America. It is a medium-sized tree that can reach heights of 30 to 60 feet and live up to 200 years. The black ash tree has smooth, greyish-brown bark and large, compound leaves that turn yellow in the fall. The leaves are lobed and have a leathery texture. The tree produces small, round, green fruits called samaras that turn brown when ripe. The wood of the black ash tree is used for furniture and craft projects due to its strength and durability.

Identifying Signs of Ash Tree Damage and Disease

When an ash tree is damaged or diseased, it can pose a serious threat to your property. It’s important to be able to identify the signs of ash tree damage and disease so that you can take action before the tree becomes a hazard. Some common signs of ash tree damage include dead or dying branches, holes in the trunk, and discolored or wilted leaves.

Common Killer of the Ash Tree.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is the most common killer of ash trees in the United States. It is an invasive insect species native to Asia, and was first discovered in North America in 2002. The EAB primarily attacks ash trees in the genus Fraxinus, but can also feed on other species of ash trees. The EAB is a type of beetle that lays its eggs near the bark of an ash tree and then the larvae feed on the inner bark and cambium layer of the tree. This feeding disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, resulting in the death of the tree.

The EAB can spread quickly and can travel up to 15 miles a year. It has been found in 25 states in the United States, and nearly all states east of the Mississippi River have been affected by it. The only states where it has not been found are Hawaii, Alaska, and Florida. To stop the spread of the EAB, it is important to follow proper quarantine protocols and to avoid moving firewood from one area to another. It is also important to inspect ash trees regularly for signs of EAB infestation such as thinning of the canopy, bark splitting, and woodpecker damage.

The emerald ash borer on green leaf.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

The Importance of Professional Ash Tree Removal

Ash tree removal is a complex and dangerous task that should only be performed by trained professionals. Our team of certified arborists has the knowledge and equipment to safely remove ash trees without damaging your property or putting themselves at risk.

The importance of professional ash tree removal cannot be understated. Ash trees are a common type of tree found in North America, but they are also particularly susceptible to damage from the emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle. If left untreated, an infestation can cause serious damage to the entire tree, leading to its eventual death. Professional ash tree removal is the only way to prevent this from happening, as it ensures the safe and efficient removal of the tree, as well as any infected branches, and can help to mitigate the spread of the infestation to other trees. Professional arborists can also provide advice on how to prevent further infestations and what steps can be taken to protect other trees from these pests.

Removing a dead ash tree.
Ash tree killed by EAB in New Jersey
Eugene M. Brennan Tree Service on a cold day removing an ash tree in New Jersey.

After Removal: Stump Grinding and Cleanup

After the ash tree has been removed, the stump will be grinded to the ground. After that, our team will clean up the debris, leaving your yard looking as good as new.

The importance of cleaning up after removing an ash tree that emerald ash borers has killed cannot be overstated. Properly disposing of the infected tree is critical in preventing the spread of this destructive beetle. It is important to remove all wood, bark, and other debris from the site, as any remaining materials may provide a food source for the beetle and allow for further infestation. 

Additionally, it is recommended to burn or chip the debris, as this will prevent the beetle from using it as a breeding ground. By taking the time to properly clean up and dispose of the infected tree, you can help protect your landscape and the surrounding environment from the destructive effects of emerald ash borers.

The Benefits of Choosing Eugene M. Brennan Tree Service for Your Ash Tree Removal

If you have an ash tree on your property that needs to be removed, contact Eugene M. Brennan Tree Service today. We will provide you with a free estimate and help you understand the best course of action for your situation. Our team of experts will work with you to safely and efficiently remove the ash tree, while minimizing damage to your property.

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