Nasty Little Beetle

When I dropped my sister off at her place on Kingston Avenue a couple of nights ago, we noticed a little tree sitting on her front yard, it’s base all wrapped up in burlap. It completely took her by surprise. We then noticed similar little trees on all the front yards along the street. I decided to bike by yesterday and see what had transpired. Sure enough they have all since been planted where they had been dropped.

Big Tree, Little Tree

She subsequently discovered from a neighbour that the city was going to cut down all the tall ash trees lining the street because of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle which was in the process of killing ash trees throughout the city. Amazing the devastation the little vermin is capable wreaking.

Author: ottawavelo

bicycler

4 thoughts on “Nasty Little Beetle”

  1. The young tree in your picture looks like a Ginko tree. If it turns out to be a female tree it will likely produce a lot of delicious, edible nuts! However, I think the city often tries to plant only male ginko trees since they don’t drop nuts.

    That may change as intrest in biodiversity and urban food production increases through groups like Just Food and Hidden Harvest Ottawa.

    There’s also a drug company that’s sponsoring some research (or maybe it’s lobbying?) on this subject (Reactin… more here: http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/story.aspx?id=6442640878 )

  2. The young tree in your picture looks like a Ginkgo tree. If it turns out to be a female tree it will likely produce a lot of delicious, edible nuts! However, I think the city often tries to plant only male gingko trees since they don’t drop nuts.

    That may change as interest in biodiversity and urban food production increases through groups like Just Food and Hidden Harvest Ottawa.

    There’s also a drug company that’s sponsoring some research (or maybe it’s lobbying?) on this subject (Reactin… more here: http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/story.aspx?id=6442640878 )

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s