How to Identify and Care for a Sick Tree

How to Identify and Care for a Sick Tree

July 6, 2021

Every tree has the occasional brown spot. A little bit of tree maintenance, such as water and shade, might be all that’s necessary to encourage the growth of healthy, green foliage. Other problems aren’t fixed so easily. Holes, abnormal growth and lifted roots can betray the presence of a pest. If you notice these warning signs, don’t worry—your local tree service can help.

Examine the leaves

If a pest infestation or disease is present, the leaves will show a few symptoms. Pests often bore into the leaves, which creates small clusters of holes. The tree’s needles or leaves will start to thin out, and you might even see new growth develop into unusual sizes. Little to no growth should also be cause for concern.

Any combination of these signs could indicate the presence of an infestation or disease. Symptoms will vary depending on the type of infestation or disease, tree species and geographic region. The arborists at your local tree service are familiar with regional pests and will likely know what’s causing the damage.

Look for trunk damage

Leaves aren’t the only part of the tree negatively impacted by pest infestations and disease. The trunk and branches can provide you with helpful information regarding the health of your trees. Pests and disease often cause root systems to lift out of the ground. While the branches may appear healthy, diseased trees gradually slow down branch growth over time.

You might also discover holes in the trunk. Some insects burrow underneath the bark and eat away at the tree from the inside out. Holes are often accompanied by frass on the trunk’s surface. Frass is the fine, powdery wood shaving that results from termites or emerald ash borers digging into the tree. Holes and frass indicate an infestation is well underway, and the tree will most likely have to be removed to prevent the spread of destructive insects.

Report illness right away

Tree maintenance starts with you. Inspect the leaves, branches and trunk once a week for signs of disease or a pest infestation. Tree inspections are especially important during the summer months because that season experiences the highest rate of pests and disease. Take pictures and report any warning signs, even if they’re small. Early detection improves the tree’s chances of survival.

Consult an arborist for treatment

Chances are, you won’t know exactly what made your tree sick. Any insect could be the culprit behind those holes in the trunk and leaves. It doesn’t help that many homeowners confuse infestations, disease and tree stress, all of which are different problems requiring different solutions. Owners need help from professional tree services in order to pin point the cause of deterioration and receive the appropriate treatment.

If you have a sick tree on your property, it’s not too late to save it. The technicians at Neumann & Sons Tree Service can help you identify what’s causing the problem, suggest the proper treatment plan and give tips for tree maintenance in the future. With help from the professionals, your tree can regain its beauty by the end of the season.

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