MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Environmental experts are asking homeowners to consider planting a variety of trees this year. It's all in an effort to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer or EAB.
Experts said it's the best time to get trees established in the ground, and planting new trees helps replace ash trees that may later die from the EAB.
The non-native pest has caused millions of ash trees to die. It was confirmed in Boulder, Colorado, in 2013. It was detected in Longmont last year and is expected to spread further.
Experts said to avoid planting any true ash species and to consider planting a variety of trees in the yard. They said too many of the same type of tree in planted in an area can cause potential problems with insects and diseases.
Officials said an estimated 15 percent of all urban and community trees in Colorado are ash.
State forest service officials said the pest is expected to kill thousands of trees in Colorado in the coming years. Homeowners should look at the health of their ash trees and plan for a possible loss of those trees in the future.
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