Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : "They are ruining the neighborhood..." Brookdale, Naperville and the Ash Borer Beetle

"They are ruining the neighborhood..." Brookdale, Naperville and the Ash Borer Beetle

It was a warm, humid morning in early June.  I was standing outside my home, talking with a neighbor...

"They are ruining the neighborhood..." my neighbor said, her voice barely audible.  We were talking over a loud grating sound, a sound which had brought us together...

The sound of trees being taken down...


Tree removal in Brookdale, Naperville
-Naperville workers taking down trees in Brookdale, Naperville...


Mulching up trees in Brookdale, Naperville
-the noise from the mulcher has been loud and consistent in Brookdale...


"Brookdale used to be about the trees," continued my neighbor, a longtime resident.  "People wanted our tree lined streets.  They are just ruining it..."

In recent years, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has been infecting many trees around Naperville.  Recently, the beetle has been moving into my neighborhood, Brookdale, Naperville, and many trees have become infected...

Naperville is fighting back.  Ash trees, which make up 26% of the tree population in Naperville, are the tree of choice for the public spaces between sidewalk and street.  The city is acting aggressively in their dealings with the ash borer, quickly removing any trees that show signs of infection...

Although I hate to see any trees being taken down, I certainly don't want to see the beetle spread.

But somehow, it still seems sad...


A stump in Brookdale, Naperville
-all that is left of the ash tree after the workers are done...




Comment balloon 3 commentsKen Tracy • June 05 2011 09:46PM


Hi Ken!
We had the same thing happen many years ago in Land Park.  It was very sad.  Most of our trees are well over 50 years old, so many of them are simply on their last legs.  There was a Dutch Elm disease that took many of our trees.  However, thankfully, people are planting as fast as they are coming down.  Sacramento has the most trees per capita of anywhere in the world, so we are very sensitive about our trees.
Paula Swayne

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 7 years ago

Hi Paula.  Thanks for stopping in.

Good to hear your cities rebound.  I hope Naperville will do the same!

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 7 years ago

Ken, we had them here the last few years, but I think most of the trees are gone now.

Terrible, Ann Arbor hates to cut down trees, we are Tree Town.

It became a negotiating point for our contracts when they were dead or half dead and an expensive fix.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 7 years ago

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