Agrile: an advantageous cost to treat ash trees

Ash tree owners who wish to treat their trees rather than slaughter them will benefit from a favorable price. Following a call for tenders issued by the City of Sherbrooke, it is established that the cost will be $ 3.49 per centimeter of the diameter of the ash to be treated. The diameter measurement is taken at 1.4 m from the ground.

The City had launched this call for tenders for treatments with TreeAzin systemic insecticide used to fight emerald ash borer. The two-year contract for the entire city is awarded to Strathmore Landscaping Contractor (1997) Ltd. for $ 56,887. The budget estimate was twice as high.

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“The City of Sherbrooke is making ash ash borer treatment available at a lower cost. Owners wishing to use the group price will have to go to sherbrooke.ca/agrile and fill out the form on the home page under the Treat your ash button, “explains Councilor Karine Godbout, President of the group. Environment Committee.

Citizens who do not have internet access can go to their borough office to apply.

The minimum diameter allowed is 20 cm. “Treatment must be done between June 15 and August 31. The ideal is to treat early in the season, “adds Ms. Godbout.

Information session

The City is also organizing two information sessions on the emerald ash borer, which will be held on April 10 and 18 at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall. “We have already contacted citizens who have registered their ash on the City’s map. They are already sixty to be interested. ”

The effectiveness of TreeAzin is optimal if the tree is little or not affected. Treatment should be repeated every two years.

The number of ash trees on private property is estimated at 12,500 in Sherbrooke. There are about 2500 in the public domain. The city plans to invest $ 5.7 million over ten years to fight against emerald ash borer. Among other things, it will lead a pilot project this summer using the fungus Beauveria bassiana, a natural insecticide.

Remember that citizens with an infected tree will have to either bring it down or treat it. In both cases, the fees are passed on to the citizen.

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