As the Emerald Ash Borer spreads through Wisconsin, the Village needs to treat the Ash Trees against the insect, unfortunately the Village does not have funds to do so, therefore the Village has developed an “Adopt-an-Ash Tree” program.

The cost for a resident to adopt an Ash Tree is $1.00 per circumference inch with a $20 minimum. For example if the tree is 30 inches around the residents cost would be $30, if the tree is 15 inches around the cost would be $20. Residents can either make a contribution toward the program or can identify a specific Ash tree to adopt. Once a tree has been “adopted” the tree will be treated and tagged. Trees will need to be treated bi-annually to effectively fight off the insect.

If you are interested in adopting an Ash tree, please contact the Department of Public Works – 375-5325.

Commonly Asked Questions
1. How much does it cost to adopt a tree? One dollar per circumference inch, same way you measure your waist.
2. Who do I contact? Public Works at 375-5325.
3. If the tree dies from the Emerald Ash Bore (EAB) who is responsible for removal? The Village of Grafton is responsible for all street and park trees. The Village may not be able to replace the tree for 1 to 10 years depending on how many trees are lost to this insect.
4. What are the signs that the tree is infected with the Emerald Ash Bore? The tree will begin to lose branches at the top and typically there will be shoots coming out of the trunk by the ground. In the spots that the tree is infected, a “D” shaped hole can be found where the adult bore has left the tree.
5. When will the trees be treated? The Village will treat the trees in spring, April through May.
6. If the tree is not treated, what will happen? When the EAB makes its way to Grafton all ash trees will eventually be infected and will die in three to five years. The tree will be removed by the Village and replaced as the budget allows.
7. If I have an ash tree in my yard, what will happen to it? You can treat it with a soil drench method or pay an arborist to treat it. If the tree is not treated and it dies, the property owner will be responsible to pay all costs associated with the tree removal. The Village will not pick up any branches from an ash tree once the insect is found in Grafton.

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