Did you know that trees can get sick too? They can accumulate diseases that stunt growth and can affect surrounding growth as well. It is important to hone in on the type of disease affecting the tree growth first in order to properly treat and prevent surrounding trees or shrubs from contracting the same disease.
Sickness in trees can be caused by many different environmental conditions: over watering, under watering, over fertilization, and soil compaction to name a few.
There are a vast array of diseases, some specific only to certain tree types.
A few types of bacterial and fungal infections trees can contract are:
· Canker Tree Disease – appears as a blister on the tree’s branch or bark.
· Heart Rot Disease – a fungal disease also known as sap rots which causes the wood to decay.
· Sooty Mold Disease – is most common in trees that host an insect population.
When it comes to diagnosing tree infections, our experts are up to the challenge. Trees in these conditions can sometimes be rescued and cured, taking great care in making sure the disease does not spread to other trees or surrounding growth.
Did you know a tree can also have a noninfectious disease? These types of diseases are not contagious and won't travel from one tree to the next as is with infectious diseases, but must also be diagnosed right away to get your tree healthy and growing as it should. Most common causes of noninfectious disease are exposure to extreme temperatures and inadequate water supply.
Here are a few examples of noninfectious diseases:
· High temperature disease- Extreme temperatures and dry winds can cause a tree’s leaves to dry out, turning the edges brown. This causes the tree to lose it’s leaves too soon making the tree look bare and unhealthy.
· Low temperature disease-Frost brought on by an early season of fall or late spring frost can cause the growing tree to freeze and damage any buds, leaves and stems.
· Symptoms brought on by a drought-Steady periods of little to no rainfall can cause inadequate moisture to the soil. The tree does not receive the moisture it needs to thrive causing wilted leaves and tree roots to eventually die off.
· Overabundance of moisture or flooding-soul that is over flooded causes the tree to lose its oxygen. Exposure to this much moisture can damage the root system and is more prone to contracting fungal diseases that might grow from over moisture.
· Injury from winter temperatures-winter burn, caused by sudden rapid changes in temperature in the winter can significantly damage a trees leaves or needles by turning them brown. As a result of this, winter drying occurs.
· Air pollution-under various circumstances, chemical pollutants floating through the air can cause harmful effects to some trees and plants. Because identifying the type of pollutant that is harming the tree or plant is very intricate, it is important to have a trained arborist examine and diagnose an accurate analysis of the pollution.
Trees are a valuable benefit to your property. Keeping your landscape beautiful and appealing involves proper tree treatment to prevent diseases or damage from insects. A great indication of a healthy tree is healthy leaves.
For those trees that just can't be salvaged and require effective removal, rest assured that our tree cutting service will be up to the task!
If you are in the Katy, TX area and notice one or more of your trees start to exhibit some of the above diseases, call one of our expert arborists today! We can come out and personally give you an on site diagnosis and determine the next plan of action to help be rid of the disease. We give you expert advice to aid in stopping the disease from spreading to other trees on your property.
Call us to diagnose and plan the most effective method tailored to your unique situation!
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