Tree Disease & Infection Management
There is nothing more terrifying to a gardener or homeowner than seeing a tree dying from disease. Trees are just like us in the sense that they can become infected with different bacterial and fungal infections. There are varying factors in the cause of tree disease such as species, soil conditions, weather, location, and even the health of the plant life surrounding it. The type of tree and where it is planted will dictate the types of disease one should worry about.
While we would like to prevent tree disease and infection before they happen that is not always possible. Our treatment plan begins with an ISA certified arborist giving your property a comprehensive inspection. During this inspection the overall health of your property will be determined and any diseases or infections will be identified. We will then create the most effective course of action for your landscapes particular issues. Our focus will be on improving the condition of your trees and shrubs while protecting and preventing them from any further issues.
What are the most common tree diseases and infections?
Canker Disease: Canker disease is resembles a blister on the bark of the tree, much like a canker sore. There are 3 common forms of canker disease, cytospora, nectria, and phomopsis. Each of these forms infect different types of trees. Most commonly the disease is caused by an open wound on the tree that has become infected with bacteria or fungus.
Powdery Mildew Disease: This is a fungal disease effecting a wide array of plants. It is easily identified by it's distinctive symptoms. Infected trees and plants display a white, powdery covering on their leaves and stems. Most affected are the leaves closest to ground, but the mildew may spread up and down the entire length of the tree.
Heart Rot Disease: Heart rot affects many different types of deciduous trees. It is caused by a variety of fungal species that grown in open wounds and bare wood. Improperly pruned or damaged trees can be a breeding ground for this type of infection. If you suspect heart rot infection is the culprit, look for mushroom bodies on the tree as this is a true sign of fungus.
Root and Butt Rot Disease: Root and butt rot disease is a dark, leathery fungus that spreads up a tree's trunk. There are 3 forms of this disease, Armillaria, hypoxylon deustum, and black root rot. They can infect a variety of hardwood trees attack from the roots upward. Mushrooms will also be present at the base of a tree with root and butt rot disease.
Verticillium Wilt Disease: Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne disease. This disease infects the tree's root system, causing the leaves to turn colors and eventually wilt and fall from the branches. This is a highly contagious fungus that can quickly spread throughout your land.
Scooty Mold Disease: This disease is prevalent in trees where there are high insect populations. It is a fungus that feeds off the honeydew of insects. The symptoms consist of a dark, powdery coating on the tree's leaves.