Maryland Blogger: Removal of Ash Trees in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Removal of Ash Trees in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Removal of Ash Trees in Gaithersburg, Maryland


A local resident asked why the City of Gaithersburg is cutting down a number of trees.

This is the response from the City:

The trees that are being removed are primarily Ash trees. These trees are infested with Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), whose larvae consume the phloem, cambium and xylem of the tree. This causes the tree to begin to perish and, if not addressed, become hazardous.

Gaithersburg does not spray insecticides on trees so we cull diseased trees. We have identified around 190 Ash Trees that are infested and slated for removal. In our inventory we have 511 Ash Trees citywide. Unfortunately, this invasive species has no natural predator in North America and its proliferation in the temperate zone is most likely a consequence of climate change.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsRoy Kelley • August 14 2019 08:21PM


It is sad that the trees need to be culled, but I like that they have sought an alternative to insecticide, which can harm the environment.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

That is a pretty technical response, but it sounds like they are doing the right thing by taking them down.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago