After conducting a thorough tree inventory last fall, the Village of Tinley Park was able to determine that of the 11,000 ash trees on public property, most had become infested with the destructive Emerald Ash Borer beetle.
In the spring, the Village contracted Kinnucan Tree and Landscaping in Lake Bluff to administer insecticidal injections to nearly 600 of these trees in an effort to protect them from further damage, as these trees were deemed savable. Sadly, most of the Village ash trees were not as lucky. As a result, Homer Tree Care in Lockport is in the process of completely removing the approximately 10,450 ash trees that are damaged beyond repair.
Ash trees are being tagged with blue ribbons, green ribbons and blue dots, depending on the the coming action:
- If your tree has a blue ribbon, it will alert residents who are treating their ash trees that your tree is infected beyond repair and will be coming down.
- If your tree has a green ribbon, the ash tree will not be coming down.
- If your tree has a blue dot, the ash tree will be coming down.
The Village is hoping to have all Emerald Ash Borer-affected ash trees removed by October 2014, but as this is an unprecedented, multifaceted situation, the process could take longer. The Village of Tinley Park has 127 subdivisions, and Homer Tree Service crews could spend several months in each subdivision depending on the number of dead ash trees and their size.
While it may take some time for crews to get to your street, once they are there the removal process will be very quick. Homer Tree Care will first remove the infected tree and its stump. The hole left by the stump will be filled with black dirt and then seeded with grass when the weather permits.
Homer Tree Care removed about 200 dead ash trees last winter that were deemed most unsafe. The Village already has responded to a number of requests to remove dangerous limbs from several affected trees and will continue to address trees that may pose a safety hazard.
When Homer Tree Care is in your subdivision, please make sure cars are not on the street and are parked away from the tree slated for removal. Residents also should not approach Homer Tree Care personnel as they are working due to the potentially dangerous equipment they’ll be using.