Information for Homeowners
Ash Tree Identification and Management
- Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide
2016 - A step-by-step guide to help you manage your ash trees.
- Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Landowners
University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Chosen for a 2012 Notable Documents Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for public policy, recognizing the publication as innovative in providing substantive information on contemporary issues of interest.
- Ash Tree Identification Bulletin
Kimberly Rebek and Mary Wilson - criteria to properly identify ash trees.
- Distinguishing Ash from other Common Trees
This key is intended to help you distinguish between some common deciduous landscape trees frequently confused with ash, including: elm, boxelder, mountain ash, walnut and hickory
- Coalition for Urban Ash Tree Conservation - EAB Management Statement
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January 2011 -This document is an endorsement for ash tree conservation as part of integrated approach to managing emerald ash borer in urban areas, and is supported by university scientists with expertise in EAB management, commercial arborists, municipal foresters, public works officials, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
- Emerald Ash Borer and your Woodland
September 2007 - Dealing with EAB as a woodland owner in Michigan & surrounding states.
- Choose Arborist Carefully To Treat Trees For Emerald Ash Borer
Tips on hiring an arborist to treat trees for eab.
- Hiring an Arborist
Take this quiz before you hire someone to treat your ash tree for emerald ash borer.
- Ash Tree Disposal Sites - Michigan only
A listing of disposal sites in Michigan that will accept dead and dying ash trees/materials.
- Minnesota EAB Waste Utilization Fact Sheet
The Mulch Store has four Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) certified sites to process ash tree waste.
- My Ash Tree is Dead...Now What Do I Do?
March 2007 - Michigan State University Extension - This publication for homeowners focuses on what options are available for the dead and dying trees in their yards. Wood use options are suggested, allowing homeowners several ways they can recover some of the value in the resource.
Emerald Ash Borer Control and Insecticide Options
- Emerald Ash Borer Management Options (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 2017)
This publication explains what works best as preventive treatments for healthy ash trees planted along streets or in yards or parks.
- Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer
June 2014 - The most current, up-to-date information and research on if, when, and how to treat ash trees is available in this bulletin.
- EAB Insecticides: Label Guidance for Use Limits
February 2012 - From the Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Some insecticides used to control emerald ash borer (EAB) have annual per acre use limits. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) offers this label guidance to help applicators and others comply with label directions, meet tree treatment objectives, and minimize environmental impacts. The MDA completed a special registration review of EAB insecticides in 2011. The review concluded that insecticides commonly used to control EAB are not likely to harm human health or the environment when used according to label directions.
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Potential Side Effects of EAB Insecticides
February 2011 - Research and Extension Specialists from Michigan State University, the Ohio State University OARDC and Extension, and University of Minnesota Extension have put together a comprehensive publication that addresses questions and concerns regarding insecticide use to control emerald ash borer.
Emerald Ash Borer Identification
- Signs and Symptoms of the Emerald Ash Borer
Updated December 2005 - Photos showing signs of emerald ash borer. Pros and cons of insecticide treatment options.
- Native Borers and Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alikes
February 2005 - Photos of insects that look like emerald ash borer.
- Don't be Fooled by Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alikes!
Distinguish between these beetles that could be confused with emerald ash borer.
After Emerald Ash Borer
- My Ash Tree is Dead... Now What Do I Do?
March 2007 - Tips outlined to utilize the wood from the dead and dying trees in homeowner's yards.
- Alternative Tree Species Selection
This guide gives suggestions for species that should be considered in situations where a homeowner, landscape, or urban forester may have planted an ash in the past in Michigan's lower peninsula
- Colorado Tree Coalition
The Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture, Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, Colorado Tree Coalition and Colorado State University Extension have compiled a Front Range Tree Recommendation List to help choose the right tree for specific areas.
- Replacement Trees - Purdue Extension
Replacing ash trees with the right tree in the right place will help your landscape recover from EAB. For suggestions for resistant trees to replace ash trees and other replacement information.
- Alternative Tree Selections - Indiana DNR
- Tree species options for Illinois - Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
- Replacement options for Ash trees - Chicago Botanic Garden
- ReTree for Nebraska's "Good Trees for the Good Life"
To promote species diversity, ReTree Nebraska has chosen a select group of preferred species that perform well in Nebraska but aren't widely planted. ReTree Nebraska's Good Trees for the Good Life helps individuals choose the right tree for their landscape while improving the species diversity and vitality of Nebraska's community forests.
- Ash Replacements for Urban and Woodland Plantings
2005 - OSU Ash Alert - In developing this guide for selecting tree species to use to replace ash, it was assumed that, if not for emerald ash borer, one or more of the ash species would be suitable for the planting. Tree species included in this guide, therefore, are generally of the same size as ash and grow well on sites suitable for one or more of the native ash species. You will not, for example, find tree species in this guide that grow to a maximum height of 25 feet and which would be suitable for planting under utility power lines, as ash would not be an appropriate tree for such a planting.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since the emerald ash borer's discovery in 2002, research has been ongoing to develop tools to control and eliminate this pest. Currently, there are a number of treatments available for use by homeowners or tree care professionals that can provide a varying degree of beetle control. A review of all options is recommended, as well as knowing the regulations regarding EAB quarantines and eradication strategies for your area. Contact your state department of agriculture for more EAB regulatory information. As more methods of EAB control are developed, more information will be available. References to commercial products or trade names do not imply endorsement by the entities supplying the information, or bias against those not mentioned. Reprinting of any material on this site cannot be used to endorse or advertise a commercial product or company.