Lexington to remove 40 damaged trees

LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - The city of Lexington will soon begin removing and replacing more than 40 ash trees, infested with the emerald ash borer. The city says the trees that are being removed are either dead or dying. They're along the median on Man O’ War Boulevard, near the Hamburg shopping center and from the median on Richmond Road. The trees will be replaced in the fall.

Lexington says the city is now in its fourth year of an emerald ash borer infestation. “We are near the peak of the emerald ash borer outbreak,” says John Saylor, a city arborist. “Ash trees that are showing signs of damage need to be removed in a timely manner because they can become brittle and unsafe.”

The emerald ash borer is a small green insect that tunnels its way into the trunks of ash trees and feeds on the inner layers of the tree. The tunneling eventually cuts off the flow of water and other nutrients to the upper branches and canopy of the tree.

Other ash trees, along other parts of Man O’ War Boulevard, will be removed later this summer.

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