Emerald Ash Borer sessions will lay out homeowner options

Ash trees are concentrated along the streets of many of northern parts of Prairie Village. An Emerald Ash Borer infestation could ultimately render streets like these nearly baren.
Ash trees are concentrated along the streets of many of northern parts of Prairie Village. An Emerald Ash Borer infestation could ultimately render streets like these nearly barren.

If you are concerned about the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and what to do about it now that it is in Johnson County, you have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about your options.

The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed in Johnson County.
The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed in Johnson County.

The first opportunity is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a free class: “It’s Here! Emerald Ash Borer – Now What?”

The ash borer, which was confirmed in Johnson County on July 15, has killed millions of ash trees since it was discovered in Michigan in 2002. Northeast Johnson County cities are heavily populated with the ash trees. In some neighborhoods ash trees dominate the landscape.

At the county session, Dennis Patton, extension horticulture agent, will talk about tools that can help homeowners and neighborhood associations deal with the movement of the EAB into our area and decide whether to treat for it or let nature run its course, which will mean death for most trees. The class is free, but registration is required.

The second opportunity to hear Patton address the EAB issue will be at the Prairie Village Tree Board fall seminar. That session will be held at 7 p.m. on October 2 in the council chambers at city hall. Besides Patton’s presentation, the tree board will give an update on the city’s plan for ash trees on city property or that the city is responsible for along the streets.

Prairie Village and Mission Hills recently announced plans to do an inventory and rating of the ash trees in those cities. Fairway completed its rating earlier and announced a treatment plan for its ash trees. More on the Prairie Village assessment and rating plan is on the city’s Web site.