Tree Disease

A wet spring may seem like Nature’s gift to landscape. After all, trees are soaking in all the water they can as they wake up for the season.  To keep your trees and plants healthy this spring, prevention is often the best protection against diseases. We should always find symptoms of common tree diseases to look out for this spring – and learn what to do if you find them.

Trees are also prone to diseases and require a proper treatment. It gets difficult to identify diseases in tree because the cause of them are microbial organisms and they spread by microscopic growth and spores. Though, the signs and symptoms on the tree become obvious and available to see as the disease takes hold. Tree diseases can affect any part of the tree, including the tree as whole. For example, we have leaf spot, leaf blotch, needle cast, scab and blister, defoliation and yellowing or chlorosis as named symptoms. Stem canker and galls, trunk and root rot are also very common tree disorders.

Before one takes corrective action, one has to determine what is causing the problem. Correct diagnosis is the foremost important step in developing and applying a correct treatment, which allows us to address the problem and find a reliable solution, permanently. The important symptoms and characteristics of individual trees can be found in the trees.  Apart from tree diseases that affect the leaves, trees can also be affected by pests, fungi diseases and other damages. Some of the common causes are:

  • Abiotic damage
  • Ants
  • Aphides
  • Fungi
  • Frost Cracks

Insects like mites, ants and aphids damage trees because of their invasive habits. They bore into wood, suck the sap and defoliate trees. These insects also carry various diseases that can stress, weaken or kill the tree. Other harmful insects include caterpillars, moths, and termites. It is important that a garden pest infestation is treated as quickly as possible. Regular inspection and maintenance will improve the appearance of your trees and landscaping, which increases the curb appeal and value of your home or business.

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