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Replacement trees adding new look in Southland neighborhoods

Some new youngsters have moved into the Timbers Estates subdivision in Tinley Park.

Saplings of honey locust, crab apple, red sunset maple and swamp white oak, all just a few feet tall, are sprouting from parkways where dozens of mature ash trees once stood.

It’s a scene being repeated throughout the Southland because a beetle known as the emerald ash borer has decimated tens of thousands of ash trees — leaving some subdivisions virtually treeless and towns shouldering hefty costs to plant new ones.

Having learned a hard lesson, towns are planting a wider variety of trees in case another insect or disease should attack a particular species in the future…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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