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

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 Sick, Or Just Stressed Out?

Animals and humans are not the only living things to be affected by stress. Trees and other plants can show physical signs of stress, which can often be mistaken for disease. There are many environmental factors which can cause undue stress on your trees, and when they’re left unchecked, could eventually allow them to be susceptible to insects and actual tree disease. It is important to know the signs of tree stress, and what can be done to keep your trees happy and healthy. 

Causes Of Tree Stress

Most causes of tree stress are weather or environment related. Anything that causes a tree to struggle in obtaining the nutrients it needs or to repair itself can be stressful. Some of the most common stresses include: 

  • Drought. Lack of water can hurt the root system, and will cause stress on your trees.
  • Heat. High temperatures and sunburn can harm the leaves and branches on a tree, causing repair stress.
  • Extreme weather. Hail, heavy rain and winter storms can all be stressful for trees.
  • Pruning or topping. One of the most stressful factors for trees  is cutting. An improperly pruned or topped tree can be stressed to the point of death. 

The signs of stress in trees can look quite similar to many diseases or insect damage. Leaves may be brown or dead around the edges, branches may begin to droop and healthy leaves may begin to fall prematurely. If your tree starts exhibiting these signs, it’s best to call in a tree professional to diagnose the issue. They can determine whether the problem is only related to stress or if the tree has become diseased, then give you expert advice on how to bring your tree back to health.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts