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

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.

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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

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

Visible Signs Of Tree Disease

Trees are important to the beauty and comfort of your home, offering shade and aesthetic appeal to your yard. Unfortunately, even the most majestic tree can be brought down by the smallest of parasites. Insects and disease can destroy a tree quickly if left unchecked. Knowing how to recognize the early signs of tree disease can save the affected tree, as well as the other trees on your property. 

Visual Signs Of Tree Disease

Different trees and regions are susceptible to a variety of diseases which can weaken and kill both small and large trees alike. The best way to avoid these types of epidemics is to have annual treatments performed by a tree service to prevent disease. Your tree professional can also educate you on the common diseases that affect trees in your region, and how to recognize them quickly When these symptoms are caught in time, you may be able to save a tree that has already fallen victim to disease. Some signs of disease include: 

  • Losing bark from the trunk and branches
  • Healthy leaves falling off prematurely
  • Holes or decay in the trunk or branches
  • Fungus growth at the base of the tree or on its roots 

If you notice any of thee signs, call in a tree professional as soon as possible to have the tree inspected and diagnosed for disease. In many cases, a tree professional can treat the tree, saving it from destruction or at minimum, stopping the disease before it spreads. In a matter of weeks, it could be too late to save the tree, which can be more expensive to remove than to treat and save.

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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.

Identifying an Infestation of Tree Insects

Even your healthiest appearing trees can become “stressed.” Every living organism has an ideal environment in which they thrive and prosper. Any disruption that is counterproductive to that environment produces stress that ultimately hinders healthy optimal growth. So it is with your trees. Trees can become stressed by too much or not enough water, tightly compacted soil, and soil that is deficient in nutrients. 

Such stress can leave your trees vulnerable to disease and insects, which in turn, can become threats to the health of your yard as well. As soon as you notice any abnormality in a tree, have your local tree services company out to investigate as to whether or not you have a disease or insect problem. The species and size of your tree, in addition to your geographic area and climate, can help determine the type of disease or insect infestation your tree may be suffering from. Some signs of tree disease or insects can include holes in the tree, lack of leaves or discolored leaves, dried out branches, or the scaling off of the tree bark. Some insects can cause malformations like swollen or deformed stems, dead buds or unusual growths on leaves. 

It is important to remember that, left untreated, a continuous infection from insects or disease can prove fatal to your tree. Your local tree expert should be able to analyze and diagnose the specific problem with your tree and provide you with a plan for treatment to return it to its proper health. Once resolved, your trained arborist can also give you a plan for ongoing maintenance of the health of your trees.