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Gardeners host forum on Emerald Ash Borer

July 17, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Village Gardeners are hosting an educational session at 6 p.m. July 23 for those interested in learning more about the emerald ash borer beetle and its destructive nature when it comes to ash trees.

''Poland has many ash trees that have already been affected by this insect,'' said garden club member and session chair Barb Delisio.

The session will feature OSU Extension Office's master gardener Bill Snyder. He will give a presentation and answer questions at the Gallery at Whittenaurs, 122 S. Main St. in Poland Village.

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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a shiny green beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. It was said to have accidentally come to the United States on board a cargo ship that docked in Michigan. The ship contained pallets made of ash wood that were infected. It was first discovered in June of 2002 in Michigan and has since spread into Ohio and is attacking ash trees in Mahoning County.

The emerald ash borer lays its eggs on the bark of ash trees, and when the larvae hatches, it bores into the tree trunk and feeds until it gets too cold outside. After the larvae turns into a beetle, the insect climbs high in the tree and begins a feeding frenzy on the ash leaves. Eventually the tree is rendered dead from the infestation.

With so many ash trees in Poland, the Poland Village Gardeners thought it a good idea to bring in an expert and help education residents on this invasion of non-native species.

Snyder will give his talk, and afterwards, will lead a short walk around Peterson Park to view some infected ash trees.

''We will see first-hand what this invasive insect has done to our local trees,'' Delisio said. ''The emerald ash bore will affect most of the ash trees in the area.''



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