Local Cemetery Gets Help Treating Emerald Ash Borer

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Now that Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in Sioux Falls, it’s a race against time to save the trees. 

Arborjet is a company that is a manufacturer of treatment products. Monday the company donated time and supplies to help fight the Emerald Ash Borer.

St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls has plenty of trees across its 40 acres, including many Ash trees.

“This cemetery has been here for 138 years and going to continue to be here forever and so want it to look nice and be a beautiful spot for the families when they come to visit,” executive director of St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Dan Johnson said.

Now, thanks to the help from Arborjet, some of these trees are being treated for the Emerald Ash Borer.

“We actually seal the material that we’re injecting into the tree, it moves about the canopy of the tree and protects the tree from the Emerald Ash Borer for two full years,” Midwest technical manager for Arborjet, Jeff Palmer said.

Scattered throughout these grounds you’ll find 150 Ash trees. Today crews treated about 50 of them.

“The Emerald Ash Borer is feeding all summer long inside that tree and so the sooner you treat the tree, the fewer bugs you’re going to have in the tree next year,” Palmer said.

Not only does the company want to help the cemetery, but also raise awareness in the community.

“We thought it would be a good site for folks to learn about the problem and also to learn what the implications are if all these trees were gone,” Palmer said.

“The big thing is we’re making sure we’re getting the trees that should be treated, treated,” Johnson said.

Johnson says they will evaluate the trees that have not been treated and decide whether to have them treated or removed.

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