Photographed in 2006, these interior islands at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, MI stand out as one of the most incredible stories of EAB treatment success. These Patmore Ash have grown from 4-5 diameter inch trees in 2003, to 10-12 inch trees today. Though they show the scars of EAB damage, they have survived and are beautiful. These trees have been the focus of Detroit Free Press Articles and a feature article in the Landsculptor magazine. More than 100 ash trees are on this site and all have survived the Emerald Ash Borer!
Picture was taken in 2009 of the interior islands in the Oakland County International Airport. The ash trees on the right are the exact trees in the prior picture but three years later. What a testiment to the successful treatment program I have had them on! If you had ash trees like this, wouldn’t you want to save them?
Pictured in 2006, these beautiful Patmore Ash along Airport Rd in Waterford Michigan stand alive and unaffected though more than 1000 ash trees died in the neighborhood to the north as pictured in one of the upcoming photos. The next two pictures show these trees in 2009.
These trees are darker green at the time of these pictures than they have ever been since treatment began in 2003. The next picture shows another group of the 40 ash tree survivors along Airport Rd in Waterford, MI.
Pictured in 2009, these ash trees along Airport Rd in Waterford, MI have never shown any signs of emerald ash borer damage even though hundreds of ash trees died all around the airport and thousands died within this city. Contact me so that we can Save Your Ash also! If you don’t, then I guarantee your trees will look like the next picture.
All Ash trees in the neighborhood just north of the Oakland County Airport in Waterford were left untreated and have all died. This picture was taken in 2006. The next picture shows this street in fall of 2010. This is what is going to happen to YOUR neighborhood and to YOUR city if something isn’t done to treat YOUR ash trees! Contact me before it is too late!
This is the same street pictured previously with all of the dead ash but it is now fall 2010 – very few trees have been replanted on this street as there simply were no funds available for replacement trees. In the next pictures you can see that there was not even money available to remove the stumps!
On this same street in Waterford, the ash trees that died have all been cut down but there was no money for stump removal or replacement. Four years later nothing has changed. As all these pictures show, had someone only treated their ash tree in time, the entire beauty of this street would have been preserved.
The stumps that remained have never even been ground up on this street years after they were removed. Is your city ready for the disaster that is coming? Why don’t they encourage homeowners to treat the city trees in front of their homes now so that we can maintain the beauty of the neighborhoods? ASH TREES CAN BE SAVED! My website shows living proof of the results of years of efforts to SAVE THE ASH!
This ash tree is in a backyard in Waterford, MI less than one block from the devastation pictured in the previous neighborhood. Treated in the beginning, at the same time I started at the Oakland County International Airport in 2003, this tree has made it to where we now are treating it much less aggressively than in the beginning. It will be here for years to come. You too can keep your trees if you act soon enough!
Once again side by side picture of trees being treated by one neighbor and not by another. Treated trees are thriving and alive. Untreated are dead. These trees are in Troy, Michigan where the City cut down most of the 18,000 street tree Ash that they had. This picture is from 2006. The next picture was taken from the same position in this yard but now it is Fall 2010.
This picture is of the same yard as the previous picture but it is now Fall of 2010. The neighbor’s dead tree has been removed long ago and as expected, the surviving ash trees I have been treating are thriving and almost 4 inches in diameter larger than when we started treating in 2003. Troy, MI lost 18,000 ash street trees to emerald ash borer while I was saving ash trees like these.
Pictured here in 2006, this Granddaddy of all Ash trees is about 55 years old, transplanted by the owner’s grandfather in 1957. It is growing on top of a natural spring and gets all the water it could ever want. It is close to the Clinton River where thousands of ash trees have died. The next picture shows off the 46 inch diameter trunk. Other pictures of this tree were taken in fall of 2010 and can be found later in this gallery. It is now 50 inches in diameter and more magnificent than ever!
The same tree pictured in Fall of 2010 – look closely at the next couple of pictures of the interior of the tree and you can see how much healthier it is today than it ever has been.
That is a 4 ft tall wagon wheel for perspective. This awesome tree is the centerpiece of this whole house. The tree has been in the family for generations. It is loved and irreplaceable. Some comments have been made that larger trees are not being saved by treatments. Some of my most spectacular saves are the big grand daddies of them all. This tree literally occupies the entire back yard. No one picture can do it any justice. This picture was taken in 2006 – the following photo is from fall 2010.
This SAME massive ash tree is completely healthy with no signs of emerald ash borer damage in any of the massive interior branches. The foliage has thickened up immensely over the last few years due to the aggressive treatment program I have put it on. If you have a tree like this that you don’t want to lose – you need to contact me asap and get it on a program to save it!
This is the largest Ash I have ever treated – a three trunk tree that has grown together for a combined diameter of nearly 63 inches on a lake in Waterford, MI. It was struggling in 2003 but has fully recovered and is the pride and joy of its owners who have now totally remodeled the house around this tree. Pictured here in 2006 before remodeling.
This is the same tree pictured in Fall 2010 in Waterford, MI and shows the new house built around this giant. No damage from EAB is visible any longer and all the ash trees in the neighborhod are dead and gone. The following pictures show this tree from the lakeside of the property.
This is a picture of the same tree taken in Fall of 2010 from the neighbors yard. Look how much shade this tree throws on this property! Another successful EAB treatment! You can save ash trees! Contact me so I can save yours!
Picture taken in Fall of 2010 – This is the same Giant ash tree viewed from the lakeside of this new house. I estimate it to be about 60 ft wide and 80-100 ft tall. I have proven repeatedly since 2002 that you can save trees like this! Do you have a special ash tree you can’t live without? Don’t risk it with someone ‘learning’ how to treat. Contact a Board Certified Master Arborist today by filling in the form to the right!
Pictured here in 2006, these Green Ash were heavily hit by emerald ash borer at the time of first treatment in 2004. Splits in the trunk were numerous but I kept steadfastly treating and the trees are recovering and the wounds healing. The canopy has never been fuller and the customer is thrilled with his trees. Upcoming pictures show how these wounds are healing.
Taken in Fall 2010, these next few pictures show the wounds that opened up three years after the emerald ash borer damaged these trees. These wounds started as gaping areas of missing bark but over the years the tree is growing back over these wounds. Because I am keeping any more damage from occurring by treating, these ash will survive even after they were damaged as seen here and in the next few pictures.
You can see the progress this tree has made over the last 5 years. These wounds have grown over and closed. It is amazing how resilient ash trees are when you stop any more EAB damage from occurring by treating them. Then the fertilization and bio-root stimulant I use in my treatments helps the tree totally recover.
All these wounds are almost all closed now. The heartwood used to be exposed over one third of the diameter of the branch. But continued treatments have helped these ash totally recover.
You can see the old emerald ash borer damage under the small area not yet closed from healing. The serpentine tunneling is a positive identifier for Emerald Ash Borer on ash trees.
In the Fall of 2010, these ash trees are thriving! Look at the shade they provide for this house. This homeowner’s property value would have plummeted on this house had they not kept these beautiful trees alive. Do you have any ash trees like this that you don’t want to lose? Don’t wait until it is too late! Contact me ASAP and we will go over your options!
Pictured here in 2006, this Ice Skating Rink by the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, MI treated these ash in 2002 but abandoned treatment after that. The trees subsequently died two years later and were removed. Had they continued treatment, they would be alive and beautiful today! No trees have ever been planted in their place.
The Somerset Collection in Troy has over 285 Ash trees still alive today even though the City of Troy had Ash Trees in the medians surrounding the Mall left untreated. 100% of all the untreated City Ash trees (18,000 in all!) have died and been removed but Somerset’s trees are thriving and growing. A real testiment to the fact that treatments can work even in a high infestation area. Somerset has been treating since 2003 even though the infestation was already on the property when we started.
The Oakland Troy Airport in Troy Michigan again shows all Green Ash are alive and thriving while a Green Ash on the neighbor’s property was not treated and is totally dead. You can keep your trees alive even if your neighbor does not treat. Examples are everywhere.
Beautiful live Green Ash treated on the right at Bretton Village in Trenton, MI. Ash on the left were left untreated by the city and are dead. The ash trees on the right belong to the cooperative and are still standing and thriving today!
Pictured in 2006, these used to be identical ash trees in a West Bloomfield subdivision. In 2003 everyone treated their ash trees on this street but a couple of neighbors convinced many of them that the trees were going to die anyways. So all but two people stopped treating. All the untreated ash trees have now died except for the two homeowners who continued treating. All 6 of their ash trees are still alive today. Over this time these ash trees have grown from 4 diameter inches to 10 inches. You can see one neighbor has not yet cut down their dead trees.
Here is the same street pictured in 2009. The ash trees I saved are looking better and better. Notice the neighbor across the street had three dead trees in 2006 and has only managed to cut down one of them in three years.
Grand Blanc customer has a favorite White Ash on left that was treated. A Green Ash was left untreated on the right and has died.
Beautiful White Ash kept alive by treatments in a devastated neighborhood. This is the same white ash as the one in the prior picture next to the dead untreated green ash.
Two Green Ash kept alive in hard hit Hartland Michigan. They have thrived over the last four years. You can see the devastation along the river in the background where literally hundreds of ash trees are dead.
This 23 inch Green Ash stands in defiance as more than 20 other huge ash were cut down all along this street to the west. Unfortunately the windbreak these other trees used to provide to this tree was not there when 80 mph straight winds in 2008 took this beautiful ash down into the house behind it. No emerald ash borer damage was discovered anywhere in this tree by the tree company removing the storm damage.
Beautiful Green Ash alive as a result of treatments up by Holloway Resevoir in Davison. Streets are lined with dead ash on the road to the resevoir.
Wayne White is the owner of Emerald Tree Care LLC and one of only a few hundred Board Certified Master Arborists in the country. He is also an industry leader in effective early treatment for the Emerald Ash Borer. I have been successfully treating for this insect since 2002. 2014