Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Mature, beautiful trees towering high above are absolutely beautiful. Depending on the age of the tree, they are a piece of history, and when they're in your own yard, they are a piece of your own family history. When something happens to the tree, it can be a very sad thing. Keeping your tree healthy is important to ensure an even longer lifespan of your tree for you and others to someday enjoy. Read on for signs of a diseased tree and what you can do to help.
Changes In Leaf Appearance
Sure, leaves change colors when it's the end of the season, and then the tree will lose its leaves and start over again the following spring. If your leaves have changed in a way that isn't normal, such as if the leaves have black or brown spots, it may be due to a disease. The disease may be caused by something in the soil around the tree, or it could be due to bugs attacking the tree. Take a look at the trunk of the tree for signs of insects such as carpenter ants or bore ash beetles. If you think it's an insect issue, you can hire a professional arborist to help get rid of the insects without harming the tree.
Changes In Trunk Or Bark
The bark and the trunk of the tree may also have some changes. If the bark is being stripped from the tree, it could be that the tree is dying. Take a look at the leaves as well and see if there are any branches that don't have leaves at all. You may need to cut away the dead branches to see if this helps the tree at all. If there are changes in the trunk such as cracks that don't heal, the entire tree may need to be removed. Talk to a professional arborist about the issues you have spotted on the tree for a professional opinion and to see what can be done about the tree.
If you have one diseased tree, it may end up affecting surrounding trees as well. The diseased tree should be removed to prevent it from harming all of the trees in your yard. Call an arborist today about your trees if you suspect there is an issue and for tree care tips. Keep your trees pruned, remove dead branches, spray for pests, and keep the area surrounding the trunk free to grow.
For more information, contact an arborist.