Did you know trees can catch disease, just like humans and animals? While there are countless diseases that affect all types of trees, there are three in particular that affect hardwood trees in the United States. All of these diseases have the potential to kill the beautiful, mature trees on your property or damage them enough that tree removal is necessary. This shows how important tree service really is: if a tree on your property contracts one of these diseases, immediate action is necessary to address the problem, treat the tree or have it removed before it can spread.
1. Oak Wilt, Ceratocystis Fagacearum
This devastating disease can affect any type of oak tree, especially live, red and white oak. While it mainly affects trees in the eastern part of the country, it can turn up anywhere. It’s a very aggressive fungus that usually takes advantage of trees that are already wounded, then it spreads through roots and insects to other trees on your property. The only way to diagnosis it is through an inspection by a certified arborist. There is no way to cure a tree that’s acquired oak wilt and tree removal is the next step.
2. Armillaria Root Disease
This disease can affect softwood or hardwood trees, although it’s particularly rough on conifers. Root diseases like this one are actually one of the leading causes of timber loss and Armillaria root disease itself is the most common root disease in some states. This disease attacks trees that are already weakened, whether they’re over-crowded, weakened by the weather or under attack by pests. It can even attack healthy trees on your property. Signs of this disease include thin foliage, yellow roots, an abundance of resin flow, brown liquid near the base of the tree and distressed pine cone crops. If you spot these signs, contact a arborist immediately.
3. Dutch Elm Disease
This is one of the most well-known types of plant disease worldwide and it’s a huge threat to elm trees. There is no cure and the first case was discovered back in 1974. It can be spread in three ways: through the elm bark beetle, root grafts and human activity. These beetles are the primary way the disease is spread and they breed in the dead wood of elm trees. Regular pruning of elm trees on your property can dramatically lower the population of these beetles. It’s important to prune elm trees between October 15 and April 15, when the beetles are not active. If you own an elm tree, contact a tree service today to have the dead wood removed.
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