Tree Disease Treatment
Why Tree Care Services & Preventive Treatments Are Important
The benefits of trees in our lives cannot be overlooked. They bring beauty and shade to our landscape, give us oxygen and help prevent land erosion. They also intercept water runoff and help ensure that floods do not destroy property.
For all those reasons, it’s important to take care of your trees. One of the things that you need to do when taking care of trees is treating any sick trees. Below are more details on some of the common tree diseases and how to treat sick trees.
What Are the Symptoms of a Sick Tree?
Trees can sometimes become sick due to a lack of nutrients, too much sunlight, or lack of enough sunlight. Soil compaction and inadequate pruning can also make trees get sick.
When trees get sick, they can cause different hazards. For instance, the branches of an unhealthy tree can fall off the tree and land on a property, causing property damage and possibly even bodily damage. So it’s incredibly important to diagnose tree problems such as tree diseases, pest infestations or a fungal infection in time to prevent bigger problems.
Here are some of the symptoms of sick trees:
• Dents, holes, and cracks on the trunk of a tree
• Tree roots that feel soft
• Leaf discoloration before the autumn season
• Hard grey fungal growth on the roots and bark of a tree
• Dying or dead tree branches that lack leaves
• Dense and thick canopies that can easily break
• Premature loss of leaves
What Are Common Diseases for Trees?
Some of the most common tree diseases include:
• Oak wilt
• Fire blight
• Powdery mildew
• Phytophthora root rot
• Dothistroma needle blight
• Diplodia tip blight
• Cedar-apple rust
Oak wilt is a fungal disease that affects the water-conducting tissues of oak trees. Small sap-sucking beetles that usually get food from fresh oak wounds carry the fungus that causes this disease from one tree to another. This disease is also spread through the roots of trees that are near each other. To ensure that your oak trees do not suffer from this disease, avoid pruning your oak trees during the growing season. You should also cover any fresh wounds on your oak trees using wound sealant.
Fire blight mostly affects fruit trees such as mountain ash and crabapple trees. This tree disease makes tree branches appear as if they have been scorched by fire. It also makes young shoots and leaves bend downward and wilt. To control this disease, remove the infected tree branches.
Powdery mildew is a tree disease that is common in plants planted in shady areas. It is usually characterized by a powdery white coating that covers leaves. Eventually, these leaves turn yellow, lose their shape and drop prematurely.
Phytophthora root rot is a tree disease that is caused by a certain fungus. It is usually common in trees growing in poorly drained sites. It is usually characterized by wilted, pale green or yellow leaves.
Dothistroma needle blight is a tree disease that mostly affects Ponderosa or Australian pine. It is usually characterized by brown pine needles that fall off from their trees after some time. It is a fatal tree disease that can be avoided by ensuring that trees are not crowded.
Diplodia tip blight is a tree disease that affects different tree species. However, conifers that are under stress are more susceptible to this tree disease. This disease is usually characterized by dieback of the tips of branches.
Cedar-apple rust is a tree disease that is usually characterized by yellow-orange spots on fruits and leaves. Most of these fruits and leaves usually drop prematurely. You can control this disease by spraying fungicides on trees before the symptoms of this disease develop.
How Does Tree Treatment Work?
Tree treatment usually takes at least 10 minutes, and the tree treatment option that we use depends on the tree disease that is affecting your trees. One of the treatment options that we use is the tree trunk injection method. This method involves drilling a hole into the base of a tree and delivering a fungicide through the drilled hole. Once we inject the fungicide into the tree, the tree's vascular system transports it up to the tree's canopy, killing any fungi in the tree.
We offer tree treatment services in Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Our arborists are ISA certified, and they are very professional when it comes to tree treatment services. We’re insured, bonded and licensed.
Tree diseases can lead to unsightly and even dead trees, so it’s important to take action if something doesn’t look right. Contact us for professional tree treatment services in the Minneapolis area.
Trees are susceptible to a variety of diseases, such as Dutch Elm, Oak Wilt, and the recent emergence of the Emerald Ash Borer. At Minnesota Tree Surgeons, our Certified Arborists can diagnose and treat your trees. We can also take some preventative measures to help protect your trees for years to come.