EAB Update: Ash Tree Replacement & Removal

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees. Richmond Hill, like many communities in York Region, has been impacted by EAB. Through our EAB program, the Town is managing risk by replacing and removing dying trees on public property. Here’s what we have in store for fall 2016:

Ash Tree Removals: All remaining ash trees on streets were re-assessed for damage in June. Trees with the most significant damage have been marked with an “R” and will be removed in winter 2017. Hazardous ash trees in parks and natural areas will be removed over the next 2 years.

Tree Planting: Replanting of street and park trees will begin in early fall 2016.  You can be a part of the solution! Help us care for newly planted trees by:

*  Watering new trees in dry weather;

*  Keeping a 4″ mulch layer around the tree base to keep water in and weeds out;

*  Avoiding the use of grass trimmers and creating planter boxes around the base of the tree avoiding piling soil and mulch up near the trunk of the tree;

*  Avoiding piling soil and mulch up near the trunk of the tree.

To learn more about the EAB program or plans for your ash tree, visit https://richmondhill.ca/subpage.asp?pageid=emerald_ash_borer