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Ash Tree Alternatives for Michigan and Colorado

Were you affected by the emerald ash borer outbreak and are looking for ash tree alternatives to plant in Metro-Detroit and Metro-Denver areas? Visit Fit Turf to learn more about trees that are great alternatives in your areas.

You may be one of the thousands who were affected by the infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle in the past decade. The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that was first discovered in Michigan in the early 2000s, has destroyed millions of trees across the United States. The experts at Fit Turf know pest control! Contact us for a pest and insect control evaluation and learn more about how you can fight back against these critters.

Consider Variety

It is important to replace the loss of your trees: The important ecological function of trees and their necessity for the health and wellbeing of our environment (and us!) is inarguable. However, it is important to seek out more than just one alternative. The keyword in replacing your beloved ash trees is “variety.” In addition to choosing trees that will thrive in our region of the country, it is important to lend diversity to the environment by planting a wide range of trees with different characteristics, strengths and benefits.

Consider Native

Focusing on native trees, or those trees who were present before the European settlers arrived, is also a good focus. Going “native” is becoming increasingly popular in horticulture circles. Native species of trees are, by definition, a connection to the heritage of our Michigan and Colorado roots. Native trees (and shrubs) also benefit the environment by attracting wildlife and generally require less maintenance than more exotic species.

Trees such as the white oak, red maple, wild black cherry and striped maple are all native and are good choices to replace your lost ash trees. Some native trees are more difficult to find, but in the end are well-worth the trouble: paw paw, buckeye, elder, and honey locust trees fall into this category.

Do Your Homework!

When you are looking to replace your ash trees, it is important to do your homework and the research about the care needed. Take into account your type of soil, the amount of sunlight or shade, your space constraints as well as your drainage situation. You want your ash tree replacement to be enjoyed by future generations. Take care of your trees by calling Fit Turf today. Our professional team of tree experts can help you care for your trees and keep them in tip-top shape for years to come.

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