The Columbus Dispatch : Ash borer is spreading through county
Friday, June 19, 2009 3:12 AM
By Elizabeth Gibson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Melissa Zralik doesn't have any romantic memories about the tree in front of her Bexley home. It was just the marker she lined up with her side-view mirror when parking.
But a tree is still a sentimental thing, she said.
As the chainsaw roared and the smell of sawdust filled the air Wednesday, she was already missing the only tree on her lot. No more utility-bill-reducing shade. No more canopy of privacy. No more appreciating the colors in the fall.
The ash tree already had been doomed by the emerald ash borers fleeing its sawed-off limbs.
Although it's still mostly concentrated in the northeastern part of Franklin County, the borer was spotted in Bexley for the first time a few weeks ago.
Ohio State University reported its first case around the same time at Chadwick Arboretum."