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Drought and the Emerald Ash Borer are making a big impact on trees

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While everyone is looking forward to warmer weather, some people are still dealing with the effects of last summer.

According to the the Quincy Tree Commission, the drought was especially hard on trees in the downtown area. Tom Friye, a tree commission member, says it's hard for downtown trees to get water because they're generally planted in a four or five foot square area.

Friye says trees need a lot of TLC, especially newer ones.

"Thirty to 40 gallons of water would not be unusual to give a tree," Friye said. "But it just depends on the size of the tree and the location. The soil's got a lot to do with it, if it drains through real quickly, dissipates too quickly, then you're going to have to give it more water."

Friye says the trees in downtown Quincy will need trimming, which he believes is in progress.

However, Friye says there's another issue facing local trees that would be a major problem and would be much more devastating.

Friye says the Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that feeds on and untimely kills Ash trees. While they haven't planted any Ash tress in about seven to eight years there are a lot of existing Ash trees. Friye says if we don't act now we will lose a lot of our Ash trees if not all of them.

"I think it's about 80 miles from Quincy," Friye said. "And there are some chemicals that can be used to treat the tree, where they inject the tree. Which really, I think they have about a two year guarantee. But you're going to have to do that every two years."

Friye says one way the Emerald Ash Borer beetle spreads is by moving infested Ash fire wood or logs from state to state.


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