Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

April 19, 2013

Ash tree problems already being reported

The most frequent call the past two weeks has been about ash trees with problems.

Elkhart County residents are reporting ash trees with bark or limbs falling off the tree, a yellow to tan discoloration of the trunk or major limbs, or younger trees with many water sprouts growing from the trunk and limbs. These are all signs the tree is infested with emerald ash borer.

The number of ash trees infested in the community is nearing 100 percent, so the likelihood of having a tree healthy enough to treat is next to nothing at this point. Woodpeckers or woodpecker injury is one sign the trees are heavily infested. Woodpeckers are experts at detecting the ash borer larva as they crawl around under the bark feeding on the cambium (green growth area). The yellow to tan discoloration, often in large patches on the trunk, is a sign that woodpeckers have been hard at work, and that the tree’s days are numbered.

Water sprouts springing out of the trunk and limbs are yet another sign the tree is on its last leg. As the borers feed under the bark, they cut off the water and food supply to upper portions of the tree. In a last-ditch effort to survive, the tree will send out these water sprouts, using the last of its stored food reserves.

Damaged ash trees are amazingly quick to fall apart once they are fully infested. Limbs and bark begin to fall off rapidly compared to other trees when they die, thus becoming a safety hazard. For that reason, it is generally a good idea to remove the ash trees as soon as possible.

I have been asked if there are any government programs or assistance available to remove these dead trees, and I can say I honestly have not found any. When looking for someone to remove a tree, an all-purpose handyman driving around a neighborhood in a pickup truck with a chainsaw and a ladder may not be suitable for work demanding such a high level of responsibility.

Be wary of hiring tree services requesting payment in advance or who wish to begin work without having drawn up a free estimate of the cost. In fact, consumers should demand not only an estimate but also a written contract, laying out precisely what the job entails and for how much. The cost of tree removal can vary from service to service, so it is suggested you get at least two estimates for the job.

Tree removal can be dangerous work. Asking a tree service for proof of insurance is a good idea. Request to see certificates of liability and workman’s compensation insurance, and check that they are current. Phone the insurance company to verify current policy information.

Text Only
Local News
  • City plan nearing a final draft GOSHEN — The city’s new comprehensive plan is nearing completion, and a near-final draft has now been released for public review. Goshen Plan Commission members released the draft of the city’s newly penned comprehensive plan, titled “Uncommonly Grea

    August 19, 2014

  • GN140820 Hakws building Hotel, brew pub plans progressing GOSHEN — Plans for a new boutique hotel and brew pub at the historic Hawks building in downtown Goshen continue to move ahead steadily.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140820 nappanee awards 031.jpg Nappanee mayor honors 'Spirited' youth NAPPANEE — Two Elkhart County 4-H’ers were honored by their hometown mayor during Monday’s city council meeting. Receiving the Community Spirit Award and a key to the city were Lane Flowers and Sarah Stump. Mayor Larry Thompson recognized Flowers, a

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • arlo.jpg SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Cats and dogs are looking for loving permanent homes at the Humane Society of Elkhart County.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nappanee Town Hall 02 Pay increases, gas part of Nappanee's 4% proposed budget increase NAPPANEE — Two percent pay increases and an increase in gasoline spending contributed toward a 4 percent increase in the proposed 2015 city budget. Council members approved the proposed budget on first reading Monday night. As it stands, the total of

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Middlebury Town Hall Middlebury Town Council pays contractors MIDDLEBURY — Most of Monday’s Middlebury Town Council meeting was devoted to approving various payouts to contractors. Those payouts included: • $308,205 to Fetters construction Co., Auburn, for wastewater treatment plant improvement projects. The pr

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SLIDESHOW: The week in photos

    August 19, 2014

  • goshen board of works Plans for boutique, pub move along GOSHEN — Plans for a new boutique hotel and brew pub at the historic Hawks building in downtown Goshen continue to move ahead steadily. Goshen Board of Works and Safety members Monday voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Hawks 1886 LLC for

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140820 IUHG Borden Photo Trash Cancer program generates more than $25,000 GOSHEN — Local residents’ trash became a treasure for IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care this month. The center received a $25,992 donation for cancer research from the Trash Cancer Donation Matching Program, sponsored by Borden Waste-Away Servi

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elkhart County Bldg 01 New cabinet-maker gets zoning change approval GOSHEN — Elkhart County Commissioners Monday gave their stamp of approval to a zone change request allowing for the establishment of a new cabinet-making business near Millersburg. During Monday’s meeting, the commissioners approved a request by prop

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Heavy Rains Flood Arizona Roads US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes