Oak Forest secures pricing for ash tree removal
July 19, 2012 1:56PM
Updated: August 23, 2012 6:12AM
Oak Forest has secured pricing from Homer Tree Care Inc. for residents who need to cut down ash trees on private property.
“Several residents have asked us about pricing for cutting trees down on their properties,” said city administrator Troy Ishler. “We believe the prices we secured for residents are good, but a resident may find better pricing elsewhere. This just gives them a place to start.”
Residents must contact Homer Tree Care directly at (815) 838-0320. Depending on the diameter of the tree and necessary equipment, prices range from $12 to $40 per DBH for tree removal and $6.50 to $7 per DBH for stump grinding.
All costs quoted for stump removal are considered equipment accessible. The cost does not include chip removal or restoration. For exact pricing information, visit www.oak-forest.org.
The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that destroys ash trees, was identified in Oak Forest in November 2009. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the bright, metallic green beetle attacks only ash trees.
The adult beetles, which are metallic green and about a half-inch long, nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. In the spring, the adults emerge from the tree, leaving a D-shaped exit hole in the bark.
The beetle was unknown in North America until June 2002 when it was discovered as the cause for the decline of many ash trees in southeast Michigan. It has been since found in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland and Illinois.
The beetle likely arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.
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