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Cleveland ash trees saved

Cleveland ash trees saved

(Cleveland)- Ash trees lining a street on Cleveland's westside are being saved from the Emerald Ash Borer.

Arborjet is injecting 36 trees on W. 50th Street between Franklin and Bridge Avenues with an environmentally friendly treatment that lasts more than two years, and knocks out the ash borer. The treatments are being donated to the city of Cleveland for the next 10 years.

Robert Gorden Director of Urban Forestry with Arborjet says the solution is inserted directly into the tree in one of three ways. One way is through IVs. Their method makes sure nothing goes into the soil or air.

(Photos by Colleen O'Neill/WTAM 1100)

It's not only better for the environment but treatments also cost less. It's 10 to 20 times less than tree removal and replacement.

Arborjet is doing work around Ohio to fight the Emerald Ash Borer including in Columbus and Dublin.

Arborjet's website describes the Emerald Ash Borer as an invasive pest introduced from Asia. This metallic wood boring beetle was found in Detroit, Michigan and Ontario, Canada in 2002, and has continued to spread into neighboring states and eventually across the U.S. and Canada. The adult is a small, metallic green beetle only 10-15 mm in length and about 3 mm in width. The larvae live under the bark of the tree and feed in the vascular cambium eventually killing the tree. The adults typically emerge around June, leaving d-shaped exit holes in the bark.



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