Can You Save Your Ash Tree from Emerald Ash Borers?

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Subject: ash tree treatment discovered by mistake

I'm a landowner in central Kentucky, and we have LOTS of ash in our woodlands. Although we have been heavily impacted by EAB, I have noticed a very curious thing...and I feel compelled to share it with anyone who cares about the future of ash trees in America. Following is a synopsis:

--Our ash trees started showing signs of EAB infestation 4 years ago (2011).

--By last Spring (2014), ALL ash trees over 2" diameter on our 216 acre, mostly wooded property were affected (most were dead by this time, but a few did leaf out somewhat in the Spring of 2014), EXCEPT 9 trees relatively close to our house.

--By this Spring (2015), ALL ash trees over 2" diameter on our property were dead, EXCEPT those 9 trees around our house. They are still in fine condition.

--Every tree around our house that has shown "resistance" to EAB has received light exterior "mechanical damage" from our cats using them as scratching posts!

The "coincidence" just seems to scream that there is a connection. I know that some plants/trees etc. produce chemical defenses in response to external damage...and I think it very likely that perhaps this is exactly what is happening here: That the trees with damaged bark are exuding some chemical that wards off EAB infestaion. I am happy to send pictures if desired.

I very much encourage you to pass this info along, to other states if appropriate, and hopefully someone in areas of the country where EAB is just starting to arrive can do some tests with "light mechanical damage" to unaffected trees, and see if it is successful in repelling EAB. It would be awesome if a cheap preventative like this actually worked on a larger scale. It sure seems to be working here... Feel free to contact me at earthtools at hotmail dot com. Joel Dufour

Marianne Carolan

Subject: Cat-scratch damaged tree trunks

Joel, has anyone commented on or replied to your comment? Your observation is pretty interesting. Have you gotten an arborist or researcher out to your property to take a look?

Marianne Carolan

Subject: Cat-scratch damaged tree trunks

Joel, has anyone commented on or replied to your comment? Your observation is pretty interesting. Have you gotten an arborist or researcher out to your property to take a look?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.