Removal of Ash Trees
The City of Perrysburg is in the fourth year of treating ash trees located within the right-of-ways and parks. We have found the trees that were healthy or mildly infested when treatments started, are still doing well. Trees that were over 30% infested when treatment started are not improving as hoped and show little signs of recovery.
We have published articles in the Perrysburg Messenger Journal informing our citizens of this threat and suggested treating their ash trees if they desired to save them. Some citizens have been treating their trees and report healthy trees. However, in many areas the trees were too far gone or have not been treated.
Once a tree is infested with the Emerald Ash Borer it will take about three years to completely kill the tree. Ash trees, while sturdy trees when healthy become very britle and prone to breaking when dead. Dead ash trees pose a threat to property and the safety of anyone located adjacent to the tree.
The City of Perrysburg is in the process of systematically removing the dead or dying trees in the parks and right-of-ways before they pose a threat to our citizens. It is a strong recommendation that if you have a dead ash tree on your property that it be removed as quickly as possible. There are numerous local tree companies that will assess your tree and give a quote for removal. The tree companies will tell you that the longer the tree is dead the more dangerous and expensive it is to remove.
At this time, the critical areas in the city are within the Three Meadows and Ridgewood Crossing subdivisions. Both areas have very large dead or dying ash trees. These trees are located in the back and side yards and pose a threat to any home located adjacent to the tree or anyone in the fall zone. Unfortuntately there is no grant money or help being offered by any government agency to help the private homeowner with removal of these trees. Most municipalities like Perrysburg are stretching their financial resources to remove trees located on city property.
For help indentifying your tree or any further questions, please call the Department of Public Service at 419-872-8020.