Tree Diseases on the Rise

iron-chlorosis-befgore-treatmentAs we move into the growing season, your landscape might begin to show signs of distress. Insect damage or environmental issues from the previous year can appear as trees and plants start to leaf out. There are many insects and diseases that can affect your landscape.

What are the most common tree diseases?

Iron Chlorosis – A lack of sufficient iron within the tree causes the leaves to yellow while leaving the veins of the leaves green. Most often seen in oaks, sweet gums, birch and azaleas, it is treatable with an iron injection. Left untreated, trees can suffer from leaf and branch die back.

Oak Wilt – This disease is a fungus that attacks oak trees and if left untreated, is 100% fatal. It is more prominent in spring when new wood is being formed. Key symptoms are discolored leaves and defoliation. Oak wilt is transmitted by insects or via the trees root system when in close proximity of an infected tree. Prevention for a healthy oak is the key.

AnthracnoseĀ – A fungal disease, this affects primarily oak, elm, walnut, sycamore and hickory trees. Symptoms of this disease include branch die back, early loss of leaves, and leaves that look scorched. Trees showing signs of anthracnose can be treated with a fungicide.

How can I treat my trees?

While there are many diseases that can affect your landscape, most have an available treatment. However, many of these treatments require specialized equipment designed for this purpose. A Certified Technician should administer any treatment required to treat any of these tree diseases.

If you believe your trees or shrubs might be in distress, contact the disease and insect control experts at Arbor MastersĀ® and let us help you keep your trees healthy.

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