A sick tree poses a risk to your landscaping and property. Any time you think you could have a diseased tree, call your landscaping company so that their arborist can come out and do an inspection. If the tree is diseased, in some cases, it will be possible to save it, and in other instances, the best strategy is to remove the tree from your yard. Here is a look at some of the most common signs of tree diseases.
Dead Twigs and Branches
Dead twigs or branches often indicate a disease inside the tree. An easy way to test the health of a tree is to break off a twig. If the inside looks green, then it is healthy. If it is dark and dry, then it is dead. If you find one dead twig or branch, check others on the tree. It is possible that only one part of the tree is infected and that part of it can be salvaged if you find healthy twigs in other locations. However, you should call an arborist as soon as possible to inspect the tree and begin treatment.
Holes in the Bark
One or two holes in the bark of the tree are not particularly unusual, but multiple holes usually indicate a problem. The holes usually indicate that borers have entered the tree. The borers will disrupt the vascular system, so that the tree becomes unable to get an adequate amount of nutrients. This will kill a portion of the tree, or in some cases, the whole tree, which will then need to be removed from the property.
Foliage can tell you a great deal about the health of a tree. Orange, yellow, or brown spots on leaves can indicate the present of a fungal disease. White spots can indicate an insect infestation, while stunted foliage growth hints at a number of potential issues.
Complete Landscaping has arborists on staff to keep your trees in the healthiest possible condition. For more information about our landscaping services in Tucson, call (520) 323-8918.