OREGON, Ill. — For 40 years, ash and maples have dominated the trees planted around homes, and for good reasons. Most are fast growers and adapt to many soil types. Many provide outstanding fall color with limited seed production.
The Emerald Ash Borer signaled the end to ash planting. Maples are overplanted like the ash. This puts them at risk of being the next plant to suffer, as did the American elm and American chestnut.
While there is no perfect tree, there are many adapted to Illinois landscapes. Selecting different trees reduces risk of disease or insect problems. Couple this with proper care, and trees should form the backbone of the garden for decades, if not centuries.
A program to help residents with these issues, “Beyond Ash and Maple — Tree Selection and Care” is being offered at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, and 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, at the University of Illinois Extension — Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill. Cost is $5 and is open to the public. For info or to register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/, or contact Lisa Valle at (815) 732-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Aug. 15-21, 2012, issue