Home » Blog » Love Your Ash Tree? Love Your Ash Tree? April 2, 2018 Controls, Disease, Education, Fall, Insects, Landscape, Pest, Plants, Seasonal, Spring, Timely Tips, Trees, Van Putte Gardens, Wildlife/Insects The calendar has shown the passing of the Vernal Equinox (1st day of spring) at 12:15 PM EDT on March 20th just a short time ago; Mother Nature is fighting the spring like weather this season, but sooner or later it’ll come. There is an important item you should consider doing now or in the very near future. If you have Ash trees on your property you need to be concerned about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The next few weeks are critical if you want to treat your Ash trees with Imidacloprid, an effective systemic insecticide found in several products we carry. EAB will attack the healthiest Ash trees. An infestation can take out an Ash within two to three years after initial infestation so an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (in the case of a large Ash tree – several tons of cures). The best times to apply a systemic insecticide is now, early to mid-spring, and again mid-fall. Application should be made as a soaking drench to the tree trunk / basal flare and the immediate surrounding soil. Unfortunately, there is no affordable “organic alternative” that will successfully protect Ash trees from EAB. You can easily apply a preventative drenching with the appropriate insecticide. Come on in, and one of our Green Thumb staff members will show you the correct product and help you save money by doing it yourself! Written by Rick Stecher, Garden Center Manager Success with your gardening Naturally!