Trees are an integral component of Strongsville’s urban environment. Their shade and beauty contribute to the community’s quality of life and soften the hard appearance of concrete structures and streets.
Did you know that well-placed trees . . .
- help stabilize the soil by controlling wind and water erosion
- help reduce noise levels and cleanse pollutants
- produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide
- decrease residential energy consumption
- provide habitat to wildlife
The Mayor and City Council have recognized these benefits and realize the need to protect their investment with a comprehensive urban forest management program. The City Service Department Division of Forestry is responsible for all city-owned trees. It monitors the planting, pruning and removal of trees on public property, which includes trees within the right of way (including on tree lawns), parks and around municipal buildings.
In Strongsville, more than 112,000 trees provide beauty and shade in our community.
Emerald Ash Borers
The city is actively battling the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive beetle responsible for killing thousands of ash trees in Ohio and surrounding states.
This insect has been steadily moving across the state of Ohio. The adult is a metallic green and just about ½-inch in length. It can easily fit on a penny.
This pest is extremely destructive – it is responsible for the death of over 15 million ash trees in Michigan alone. The adults lay their eggs in bark crevices, the eggs hatch and tapeworm-like larvae emerges. The larvae tunnel under the bark, where they stay, feeding and pupating until they emerge as adults in May.
The tunneling causes obstructions in the vascular system of the tree – so food and water are limited. The tree will decline gradually and will eventually die.
Symptoms to look for:
- Woodpeckers – increase in activity, as they feed on larvae
- Dead branches near the top of the tree and leafy shoots growing out the lower trunk
- D-shaped holes in trunk
Strongsville is removing ash trees throughout the community.