With proper care, trees can be a vital resource on your property. Monitoring tree health can prevent or contain the spread of diseases. Take immediate action when you spot any of these signs of a tree suffering from a disease.
1. Fungus and Mushrooms Around the Roots
When monitoring trees and shrubs, start from the ground before inspecting the branches. Mushrooms and fungus around the base of the tree are signs of advanced decay.
Fungi often have a white to grey color but can also be brown, purple, or violet. You can tell your trees are infected if there are black and brown spots on the leaves.
In Sheridan, Anthracnose is among the most prevalent fungus infestations. It spreads primarily by water, so avoid overhead watering. Applications of preventive treatments early in the season can minimize the risk of an infestation.
2. Loose Bark and Sap on the Trunk
A trunk oozing sap is often an indication of a disease or an insect pest problem. The sap is a fungal infection surrounded by a sugary layer of protection.
Sometimes the trunk may have an oval, sunken shape in later stages of the disease. Aspen canker is also common in this region. The canker may cause the bark to loosen or fall off.
You can stop the spread of the canker by removing infected parts with a sharp and disinfected tool. Consult a professional tree trimming company like All Green Tree Service to apply effective treatments for the best results.
3. Leafless Branches on the Tree’s Canopy
Watch out for leafless branches protruding out of the tree’s canopy. The condition is known as dieback. It is characterized by a progressive decline of twigs or branches.
Die back can result from several factors such as root rot, anthracnose, or cankers. An arborist can also examine the tree to determine if the problem is soil compaction or nutrient deficiency.
You can prevent dieback by planting trees and shrubs in fertile and moist soil. Avoid interfering with the growing site as it can damage the roots and cause the plant’s decline.
4. Wilting and Yellowing Leaves
Leaves are critical for the development of healthy trees. They harvest sunlight and convert it into energy for the plant. Wilting is often a sure sign of unhealthy growth. However, leaves can wilt as a result of heat stress from extreme temperatures. Wilting could also be due to drought or inadequate watering in the hot season. Watering early in the day may solve the problem. It is worth noting that leaves can also wilt due to poor drainage from water logged soils.
You can take steps to prevent fungal infestations and encourage healthy growth. Consult an arborist for effective treatments to address tree diseases. For exceptional tree services, talk to us at All Green Tree Service today. We assist clients in Sheridan and throughout much of Northern California.