Trees are an important and beautiful part of any property. Keeping trees healthy is important. Sometimes, trees can become diseased. How do you know when a tree is deteriorating? Let’s talk about some of the things you can look for.
Types of tree diseases
Most tree diseases are specific to the type of tree that they affect. Here are some of the common diseases among trees:
Also known as root rot, this is one of the most common reasons that trees die. You can think of a trees roots as its life source. If the roots start to go bad, then the health of the whole tree is in danger. If the roots start to get diseased, then the whole tree can fall over, particularly in areas with high wind. To check for root rot, see if there is any splitting in the root structure. This can be a sign of weak roots caused by root decay. Also, if there is any fungus present on the roots, then they may be diseased.
Chestnut blight is a fungus that is very common in american chestnut trees. Since its introduction to the United States, it has killed most of the american chestnuts in the country. Chestnut blight is a fungal disease that spreads extremely quickly. As of right now, there is no known cure for this disease.
Leaf Spot Diseases
Leaf spot diseases are exactly what they sound like. If you look at the leaves of a tree and see small discolorations, it may be affected by this type of disease. The discolorations may be different sizes and different colors. Leaf Spots are either caused by fungus or other bacteria. This is a very common disease and does not normally require treatment. A certified arborist should be consulted if you are worried about leaf spots.
Signs that a tree is diseased
Here is a short list of signs that your tree may be diseased. Consult with a professional to treat any problems you may have.
- Dead wood: If the bark of a tree looks lifeless and breaks easily, this may be a sign of disease
- Decay and Fungus: Fungi on the roots or higher up the tree may be a sign of serious disease in a tree. Look out for mushrooms and other fungi
- Uneven growth and symmetry: If a tree is growing unevenly or starting to become lopsided, this may be a sign of a problem.
- Deep Cracks: If the bark has many deep crack in it, this can be a sign of weak wood caused by disease
How to treat a diseased tree
There are many ways to treat a tree that has a disease, but always consult a professional if you are worried that one of your trees may be diseased. Here are some tips to treat a tree that may have a disease.
Avoid putting chemicals such as fertilizer around the roots of a tree. Many fertilizers have chemicals that are dangerous for a tree.
In times of drought, make sure to water the area around the base of the tree. Even though the roots of a tree can hold a large amount of water, they can use that water quickly.
Make sure you keep all your trees trimmed properly. It is important to remove dead branches so they don’t negatively affect the rest of the tree. Don’t risk climbing a tree, however. Hire a professional for this.