Why Won’t My Fruit Trees Product Fruit?

Do you have apple, peach or other fruit trees that produce little or no fruit? The problem could be that your fruit trees are ill. There are tree diseases that can stunt the growth of fruit and cause other problems in your trees. The good news is that many of these diseases can be treated and you can improve the production of your fruit trees and their overall health.

Fruit Tree Diseases

There are several viruses, fungi and bacteria that can affect fruit trees, causing reduced fruit production. For example, the tomato ringspot virus can attack peach trees, as well as plum and nectarines, anything with a pitted fruit. This disease can not only affect the fruit, but if not treated, can kill the tree. Other fruit tree diseases that can cause production and health problems include:

  • Prunus necrotic ringspot – mostly affects cherry trees
  • Bacterial spot – Common in plum trees, but it can affect any tree that produces pitted fruit
  • Alternaria blotch- affects apple trees and is caused by a mite infestation

Different regions of the country may have other common fruit tree diseases. They can be viral, bacterial, fungal or perpetuated by insects. The important thing is to recognize that if a fruit tree is not producing fruit or has other symptoms of disease, that treatment may be necessary to protect the health of the tree.

If you have a fruit tree that has had changes in the amount of production of fruit, differences in the look of the leaves or changes in the size of the fruit, call your local tree service. A trained arborist can identify diseases and give you the treatment you need to bring your fruit trees back to health.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

Recognizing Tree Disease

You spend time caring for your lawn, garden and other landscaping, but are you also taking care of your trees? While roses can quickly be replanted and you can lay new sod on your lawn, your trees take many years to grow to a substantial size, making them much more valuable. Tree disease can wipe out your beautiful trees if it is left unchecked, making it crucial to recognize the early signs before one takes hold.

Tree diseases come in many different types, some slowly affecting the health of your trees, while others quickly can endanger your trees. Depending on the types of trees you own and where you live, you may have several common varieties to fight. Although each disease is different, there are similar signs that can help you recognize there may be a contamination spreading in your yard. Some issues to keep an eye out for:

  • Trees with an abundance of dead branches that have no signs of damage can be a symptom of disease
  • Look for leaves that are spotted or yellowing, often falling prematurely during the summer, as signs of poor tree health
  • Bark that is falling off, trunks with cavities and spots of rotten wood are all possible signs of tree disease

Any of these issues or a combination of two or more are worth a call to your local tree service. Having a professional inspect your trees for disease could save them from further damage. A quick treatment may be all that is needed to stop the progression and spread of the disease, keeping your beautiful trees safely rooted in your yard for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Keeping Your Trees Safe from Disease and Insect Infestation

Many trees live hundreds of years without ever succumbing to disease or insect infestation. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Too often young trees will become victim to a fast-spreading disease that can wipe out dozens of trees in the same area just a short period of time. Your trees add beauty, shade and value to your home, so don’t lose them to preventable disease or infestation. Here are a few ways to protect your trees from harm. 

  • Inspect for signs of disease. Although there are many different kinds of tree disease, the signs are often very similar. Regularly inspect the trees on your property for signs that they may be fighting disease. Dead leaves, needles, bark and branches on an otherwise healthy tree can be signs of a disease attacking your tree.
  • Inspect for insect infestation. There are many insects that can bring down a healthy tree. Often they will overtake a tree by laying eggs on their leaves and hurting the trees ability to obtain nutrients. Look for signs of leaves with eggs or blisters on their surface.
  • Contact a local tree service or arborist. The best way to protect your trees is to hire a local tree service for annual tree maintenance. They can inspect your trees, educate you on possible insect problems, common tree diseases in your area and offer preventive treatments to ward off attack. 

There is no reason to lose your beautiful trees when a small amount of preventive care will thwart most diseases and insect infestations. Do your part by keeping a close eye on your trees and having annual tree inspections and treatment through a qualified tree service.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Are Your Trees in Danger of Disease?

For most homeowners, the trees on their property are a treasured part of their home. They provide beauty, shade and character that would be sorely missed if they were gone. Unfortunately, trees are susceptible to many diseases which can spread rapidly through a town or neighborhood. Once trees are stricken with disease, often the only solution is to have them removed. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent deadly diseases from affecting your trees in the first place with annual tree treatments.

Prevention is Key

Although some tree diseases can be treated and cured, the best option is to prevent these diseases before they get a foothold on your property. Depending on where you live and the trees you own, there may be several diseases you need to prevent. Professional tree service companies often offer preventive treatments, which can be applied every year to prevent disease.

There are several reasons that you should trust disease prevention to the experts versus trying to protect your trees on your own, including:

–          Tree inspection. Your tree expert can inspect your trees for signs of disease or insect infestation. If they are already diseased, you may need a different treatment.

–          Local knowledge. Different areas and trees have different diseases. Your local tree expert will know what diseases are prevalent in your area and which treatments are best for your particular trees.

–          Education. Having a yearly examination and treatment of your trees by a tree expert is a great way to learn more about your trees and how to care for them.

Before the summer is in full swing, bringing with it the spread of insects and disease, call your local tree professionals to schedule an inspection and treatment service. It’s the best way to protect your trees and keep them healthy for decades to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539


Tree Disease Treatment

Trees can become stressed as a result of soil nutrient deficiencies, drought or compacted soil.  In many cases this stress will result in either insect infestation or disease, with the symptoms including either fluid oozing out of a tree hole, defoliation, dry twigs, leaf discoloration of leaves, scaling and a variety of growth deformities.   The presence of insects will occur in both infestations as well as the presence of disease.  Often the presence of insects can cause the underlying disease by weakening the tree, while in other cases the diseased and dying tree attracts the insects.  Left untreated, tree disease will kill a tree and may spread to other trees as well.  

Usually the approach to treating diseased trees is to determine if the disease is a result of insects or if the disease is non insect related.  If the tree can be saved, then the underlying stress must be reduced or eliminated as well.  If insects are causing the disease, then steps must be taken to reduce the insects, while diseased portions of the tree are removed. If insects are not the cause of the disease, tree will be treated and the impacted areas will be removed.  In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the tree entirely if the disease has spread too far. 

Once the insects or tree disease has been addressed, it is critical that the underlying stress be addressed as well.  This could include soil testing, the use of various fertilizers, tree irrigation and loosening the soils surrounding the tree to allow the root system to grow and natural rainwater to penetrate the soil surrounding the tree.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Stop The Spread Of Tree Disease

Just like a cold or flu, tree disease can quickly spread from tree to tree, making all the trees in your yard, neighborhood and city sick. If left unchecked, many diseases can wipe out entire populations of trees in a short period of time. Once a tree succumbs to some of these diseases, it can be impossible to bring them back to health, leaving complete removal the only option. However, many tree diseases can be prevented or treated, as long as it’s done in time by a qualified tree professional. 

Treating For Common Tree Diseases

There are thousands of varieties of trees, and just as many diseases and insects which can feed off these beautiful additions to your property. Each species of tree and region has specific diseases which are prevalent, making it necessary have a vast knowledge of trees to understand how to prevent tree illness. Trained arborists are often referred to as tree doctors; they understand how to prevent these diseases and can often offer “vaccinations,” or treatments to keep common diseases at bay. 

Depending on the trees on your property and the region in which you live, your arborist can recommend what treatments are best to stop your trees from becoming diseased or infested. In some regions, Fruit Tree Disease is common, where in other areas it may be diseases like cedar apple rust or different varieties of Anthracnose. Have a trained expert inspect your trees for signs of disease, and educate you on available treatments for diseases affecting trees in your area. This is the best way to protect your trees, and prevent the spread of potentially deadly diseases.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Are Your Trees Vaccinated From Disease?

We use vaccinations to keep our bodies, and those of our families protected from dangerous diseases. We even vaccinate our pets to them healthy and free from illness. Did you know that you can offer similar protection for your beautiful trees? Your trees are an important part of your home and property; they offer energy-saving shade, uncompromising beauty and can even contribute to the overall value of your home. Why not make them last for many more decades by keeping them safe from disease? 

Annual Tree Treatments

Unfortunately, there are no lifetime vaccinations for trees like there are for humans. Just like our pets, our trees need annual treatments to keep common diseases which plague trees at bay. The range of diseases is vast for trees, so choosing a vaccination plan will depend upon the types of trees you have, where you live and what diseases and insects are common in your area. Some important facts about tree disease prevention include: 

  • Prevention not a cure. There are some types of diseases which cannot be cured, only prevented. Your local tree service can inspect your trees to ensure they are healthy, then use preventative treatments to keep fungal infestations and diseases from harming your trees.
  • Healthy trees. One of the best ways to prevent tree disease is to keep your trees healthy. Talk to your local tree service or arborist about the best methods to keep your trees healthy.
  • Treat all your trees. Like any contagious diseases, tree diseases spread quickly from one tree to another. It is important to have all your trees treated to ensure none of the trees becomes infected. 

Your local tree service can discuss what treatments are best for your particular trees and region. Prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure, especially when curing many tree diseases is not even an option.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Are Your Trees Sick?

While many trees can live hundreds of years, many others succumb to disease before they have a chance to live a full life. Insects and other carriers of disease can destroy your beautiful trees if you are not aware of the signs and able to treat them in a timely manner. Just like any living organism, trees are susceptible to illness and death by disease. However, if you catch many diseases soon enough, you can save your trees. 

Signs Of Tree Disease

Many tree diseases are brought on by infestations of insects, causing the tree to become stressed and sick. Once these diseases take hold, they can destroy the leaves that are needed for nourishment. Knowing the beginning signs of insect infestation or disease can alert you that it is time to call in a tree professional to address the problem before it is too late to save the tree. Here’s where to look if you suspect a disease may be affecting a tree on your property.

  • Leaves. One of the first places that disease or insect infestation becomes apparent in on a tree’s leaves. Look for signs of blistering, curling, mildew, premature falling or discoloration.
  • Bark. Bark can be removed from a tree as a result of trauma or high impact, but it’s not always the culprit. If a tree is stressed or ill, the bark may begin to fall off without noticeable cause.
  • Trunks. A serious sign of disease can be holes in the trunk of a tree. Signs of decay should be inspected as soon as possible by a tree professional.
  • Branches and roots. Dead branches can be a sign that a tree is ill. Also, certain types of fungus on branches, trunks or roots can also be a sign of disease. 

The best way to protect trees from illness and disease is to have regular inspections and preventive treatments performed. Your local tree service company can educate you on common tree disease in your region, and what you can do to prevent these illnesses from killing your beautiful trees.

Posted on behalf of Absolue Arbor Care

Protect Your Beautiful Trees From Disease

Trees can add beauty and shade to your yard, making them a valuable part of your property. However, just like any living thing, trees can be susceptible to many diseases which can cut short their life. These diseases can not only kill the infected tree, but also they can spread to other trees and plant life in your yard. Recognizing and treating these diseases can save your trees, as well as save money on the cost of having them removed.

 Recognizing Tree Disease

There are many different types of diseases which may affect and endanger your trees. Each region and type of tree may have specific diseases common to the region or species. Most of these tree diseases can be treated if caught quickly. By keeping a close eye out for common symptoms of these deadly diseases, you can often have your trees treated in time to save them and stop the spread throughout your yard. 

Dead branches. Dead or hanging branches are often a sign your tree may have some type of disease. 

  • Rotten wood. If you notice holes or cavities in your trees’ trunk, or roots which contain rotten wood, there is a good possibility the tree is being affected by some type of disease.
  • Leaves. Keep an eye on leaves for spots, premature yellowing and falling. 

If you are concerned about the possibility of trees on your property contracting diseases, call a tree professional immediately. They can properly diagnose the issue, and possibly treat the problem before it kills the tree or spreads to other foliage in your yard. Not only can this possibly save your trees, it may save you the expense of needing to remove the tree altogether.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Drought Can Lead to Tree Disease

Just as plants need water to grow, so do our trees. We don’t often think of that, perhaps because of their natural longevity and low maintenance. Of course, trees that have been well established for some time have longer root systems and are not as vulnerable to short droughts, although they, too, may be damaged by lengthy droughts. Trees can be damaged by drought directly by an inability to produce foliage and buds, or their bark and roots become diseased. Indirectly, trees are damaged by drought resulting in the slowing of growth and an inability to manufacture its natural defensive chemicals. 

Such drought “stress” promotes diseases as the tree becomes more vulnerable and unable to fight  or out grow a disease. Severe drought stress actually causes damage to its tissues because of drying. The damaged tissues of the tree are weakened and made more attractive to insects. In addition to disease causing insects, drought stressed trees are particularly susceptible to various fungus invasions, including root rot, which will hasten the death of the tree. 

There are some things that you can do in a period of severe drought. Remove anything that grows around the roots of your trees, as they will compete for whatever water is available. Put down an organic mulch that can help retain moisture and control weeds. Irrigate to replace moisture around the root of your trees; especially those that have been newly planted within the last three years as they are the most vulnerable. Have your local tree service professional inspect your trees and provide controls for harmful insects before damage occurs. You may also have your tree professional remove trees that are already damaged, to prevent them from serving as a breeding ground for disease.