About Us


IndyAsh was created in the Fall of 2007, when owner and Certified Arborist Joshua Taflinger learned from a collegue of the devestation that was occurring in central and surrounding parts of Michigan. Joshua began doing further research and study into the subject. Very soon after, Emerald Ash Borer was discovered here in the Indianapolis area along Hazel Dell Rd in the Carmel area.

The years leading up to this transition, Joshua owned and operated a local tree company called Simple Mans Tree Service, which consisted of a small specialized crew that focused in both large and small tree trimming with removals on occassion.

In 2007 there were very few effective treatment options available and not enough research to back up the experimentals. In 2008, a company called Arborjet recieved approval for a treatment known as Tree-Age (active ingredient = Emamectin Benzoate). This treatment has proven to be highly effective for multiple years in both protecting healthy trees from infestation as well as exterminating infestations and helping affected trees recover to and maintain good health.

In Fall of 2008, Joshua conducted his first treatments using the Arborjet Trunk Injection system to administer the Tree-Age treatments treatments to Ash trees in the Indianapolis area.

In the Fall of 2009, Joshua dissolved the Tree trimming and removal division of his company to dedicate his focus to Emerald Ash Borer treatments and preserving the Ash population of Indianapolis. At this point, the name IndyAsh was incorporated with the state of Indiana.

Since beginning treatments in 2008, IndyAsh has protected over 1,500 Ash trees in the Indianapolis area.

As the people of Indianapolis become more aware of the situation and the demand for treatment has grown, so has IndyAsh. The staff now consists of 2 full time Arborists and a small crew of qualified treatment technicians that are trained to administer the treatments, with care, to your Ash tree.

Joshua and staff have and continue to attend continuing education programs to keep up to date on techniques, developements, certifications, and the experiences of other companies and reasearchers in the Emerald Ash Borer field.

IndyAsh and it's crew are trained, licensed, and insured in the state of Indiana and prepared to provide both you and your tree competent and experienced service.






                        Click here to Read the:

         Coalition for Urban Ash Tree Conservation
             ~Emerald Ash Borer Management Statement~

                                                 Written 1/6/2011

It is most ideal to have trees treated early spring, as most damage occurs from the feeding Ash borers late Spring, Summer and Fall. However, treatment can be administered at just about anytime during the year, except in the coldest parts of the winter.

Click here to open the Emerald Ash Borer Strategic Response report. Published 4/10/2010

Typically in the months of May & June, the adult EAB fly and spread to Ash trees in the area, mate and lay 70 – 90 eggs each. The eggs hatch within a week and 70 – 90 tiny Emerald Ash Borer larvae bore their way through the bark into and begin feeding on the living vascular tissues of the tree.

On average, the immediate cost for removal is 650% more than treatment. Typically any tree with less than 30% canopy dieback is worth treating/saving. If a trees' canopy has died back more than 30% it becomes questionable as to whether treatment will be effective to bring the tree back to health.

The initial indication signs are microscopic and by the time the signs become clear that your trees are infested, usually the borers have already caused detrimental damage to your tree. So the universal suggestion: Treat every tree that you want to remain healthy and alive,and remove all of the ones that you do not.

This epidemic is being compared to the Dutch Elm disease of the past, however we are smarter, more aware, and more capable of containing and limiting the damage caused through intentional treatment and removal of Ash trees. By taking action now, we will have much less of a problem later

May/June Adults bore out of tree, mate, lay 70 – 90 eggs, and Die; Eggs hatch in 1 week, Larvae bore into the living tissues of the tree where they feed up until Winter by chewing s-shaped tunnels beneath the bark. Dormant through the winter.