Emerald Ash Borer

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Emerald Ash Borer has quickly spread across Wayzata.

In order to preserve Wayzata's natural landscape, all City trees marked with orange paint are being removed due to an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation. This will be an ongoing process with the infested City trees being removed starting end of April 2022. All trees marked with orange paint will be removed. The plan is to remove, treat and replant.

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What is EAB?

The EAB is a small invasive green beetle that infests and kills all American Ash trees. The larvae of these shiny green beetles tunnel beneath the bark of ash trees and gnaws away at the living tissue of ash trees until the tree eventually dies, usually 2 to 4 years after being infected.

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What City trees are being removed?

Other questions answered...

Will these trees be replanted?

Yes. The plan is to remove the infested trees and then replant. We are working alongside the County to get trees planted.

Should I remove the Ash trees on my property?

We encourage you to keep an eye on your Ash trees this spring/summer. If the tree canopy comes back, your Ash tree is a good candidate for treatment, not removal. You may notice some ash trees will not come back with a full canopy, this means your Ash tree may be infested with EAB. You can confirm if your tree has EAB with a licensed contractor or certified arborist.

How can I treat my Ash trees?

If you want to treat your Ash trees for EAB, the City has an agreement with Rainbow Treecare for a reduced price.