QUESTION: Do I have the right to prune the branches from my neighbor’s tree that are overhanging my side of the property line?
ANSWER: Yes, but before you do our office strongly advises that neighbors communicate with each other to identify the problem. Tree pruning should always be done correctly using the approved standards. Bad pruning cuts could result in the person being held responsible for any decline in the health of their neighbor’s tree.
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Question: Is it too late for home application of Imidacloprid? Shall I wait until the fall to do it?
Answer: Because Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide. you can apply it at anytime during the growing season.
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Question: Does the ivy and other vines that climb trees cause them damage?
Answer: Yes. Vines can actually kill a tree by strangling or even girdling its host over time. Vines such as winter creeper, Virginia creeper, wild grape and English ivy should be cut near the ground and treated with a herbicide to prevent new growth. The street tree ordinance in Lexington actually prohibits vines growing on street trees.
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Question: The ash tree in my yard is dying. What is the cause?
Answer: Most likely the emerald ash borer is responsible for killing your ash tree in Lexington. The insect was first discovered in southern Fayette County in 2010 and is now present throughout the entire county. Ash trees that are showing crown dieback can be treated using systemic insecticides but treating healthy ash trees before they start to show signs of decline is the most effective control measure.
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Question: What is a street tree and who is responsible for maintaining it?
Answer: Property owners are responsible for maintaining street trees which are generally located between the sidewalk and street. Chapter 17B of the Code of Ordinances is the street tree ordinance for Lexington.