Association Combats Emerald Ash Borer

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Like all communities and municipalities, ash trees around Asbury Woods were infested by the emerald ash borer.

In 2014, the board began to remove trees and continued in 2015.  Fourteen (14) more replacement trees were approved for 2016 and a few others are being evaluated.

Orange marking have been added to trees we’ve identified for 2016.  Removal and installation is set to begin as soon as May.

New Landscape Complete

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The 2015 landscape project included over 700 individual plants.

As each building is completed, the landscape crew mulched all beds.

The board is replacing an equal number of trees as those that were removed (mostly due to the emerald ash borer).

A Fall landscape walk will be scheduled to identify the last of the ash trees to be replaced as well as other desired projects for 2016.

Mulch and Landscape Installs Begin

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A sure sign that Spring is here is that our landscape services have started.

Tuesday is our regular day for landscape maintenance such as clean ups, mowing, and trimming.

Landscape installations have already started, including mulch at the entrance, on the other days.  The trees scheduled for replacement have already been cut down.  Their replacements should be installed, weather permitting, starting the week of April 20.  Mulch installs will continue building by building along with the plant installations.

Please refrain from interacting with the landscapers while they are on property.  If you have any questions, please bring to our public meetings or contact customer care at 630-620-1133.

Board To Replace Trees

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Removal of trees affected by the emerald ash borer started on April 2.

The board will be replacing these trees along with this year’s comprehensive landscape improvement project starting the week of April 13.

A few ash trees remain in the association that are affected by the bug and will be addressed in subsequent years.

What Will The New Landscape Look Like?

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The board of directors is working to create look that can be duplicated throughout the association while still providing a variety of plants to add visual interest.  It’s also important for us to consider planting hardy plants for areas that are not reached by water.  Additionally, much of the soil contains clay and is not very organic.

Pictured here is a sample of an end unit’s new landscape that was installed in 2014.  Several end units have been identified for this installation.  Other installations, improvements, and repairs vary depending on location.

New Landscape – Spring 2015

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Over 50 units are schedule to receive some form of landscape renovation or improvement beginning April 13 (weather permitting).

Some of the work includes:

  • removing trees affected by the emerald ash borer
  • replacing these trees
  • removing dead or dying bushes and replace
  • restore various areas back to “like new” condition
  • fill in bare areas that are void of landscape plantings
  • mulch entire property