Ash borer lays waste to two dozen Grandview trees
Several years after invading Grandview Heights, the emerald ash borer's impact on local trees is becoming evident.
"It typically takes three or four years before it (starts killing) the trees," said Mike McKee, the city's arborist.
Last year, the borer's presence in the city's ash trees was becoming clear to see, he said.
"This will be the year it's really beginning to show, I think," McKee said.
McKee has begun his annual inspection of trees within the city right of way between the curb and sidewalk -- and ash trees were first on his checklist.
Twenty-four trees need to be removed, he said.
"The majority of ash trees in the city right of way will have to be removed," McKee said.
Those trees will be replaced with new ones that are compatible with the location and surrounding trees, he said.
McKee said he also will keep an eye out for ash trees on private property that may have been infested with the borer.
He said he'll distribute a door-hanger to residents with information on how to address the situation.
"They need to make sure they take the necessary steps to treat or remove their trees, because an infested tree can impact the trees on the public right-of-way," McKee said.
Grandview has fewer ash trees than many municipalities, so the borer's destructiveness is not as big of an issue in the city, although it remains a problem, he said.
This year, McKee will inspect sidewalks along an area that includes Lincoln Road, Glenn Avenue and Wyandotte Road for sections of pavement that have been damaged by trees on city property.
"This is part of our sidewalk-tree responsibility," he said. "We have divided the city into six zones and each year we examine the sidewalks in one of the six zones."
Over the next few weeks, McKee said, he will complete this year's tree inspection, looking for other trees in the public right of way that are dead, diseased or damaged or that have overhanging limbs causing clearance and safety issues.