Tree Disease Categories and Symptoms
There are a variety of diseases that can affect your tree, and learning the categories of them will help you proactively monitor your tree’s health and prevent future problems.
There are two broad categories of diseases in trees: noninfectious and infectious.
- Infectious diseases occur when there are disease-causing pathogens, like viruses, fungi, or bacteria. The way these pathogens infect the tree vary greatly in how they travel from tree to tree and how exactly these diseases take root.
- Noninfectious diseases occur when there is an environmental stress that increases the likelihood of diseases developing. Environmental stresses could be the pollutants in the air, vandalism, fluctuations of moisture in the air, temperature extremes, and the tree not getting the nutrients that it requires. They are among the most common causes of tree diseases, making up 90% of planting problems in urban areas.
Now that you are aware of the categories of tree diseases, you can keep a lookout for the symptoms that manifest themselves similarly in both infectious and noninfectious tree diseases. Taking the time to survey your tree for signs of disease can aid in the early detection and treatment of problems, ensuring that your beloved tree won’t need to be cut down, or worse, that it won’t involuntarily collapse, resulting in damage to your property.
Your tree might be diseased if:
- The canopy is thinning — Especially keep an eye during the spring and summer months when trees are supposed to be thick with leaves or flowers. Completely bare branches and thinning foliage are an indicator that something might be wrong.
- The leaves are blotchy, spotty, discolored, or undersized — Pay attention to everything from size to color. Even just one irregular leaf may tell a great deal about the rest of the tree’s condition.
- The trunk is damaged — Trunk damage might manifest in vertical cracks up the tree or marks where no tree bark grows.
- There is any dead wood — You can determine whether your trunk or branches are dead by inspecting them to see if they are dry, lifeless, or brittle.
- There are other signs of decay — Decay can be fungi, such as wood conchs and mushrooms. If these are present, it might be an indication of internal rotting of the tree.
Even though the symptoms are very similar, it is important to distinguish between infectious and noninfectious diseases so that the tree can be treated properly.
Tree Disease Treatment Professionals
Sometimes, the above signs are hard to see, but they can also be even harder to diagnose if you don’t know what they mean. You need to call a professional that is certified in arboriculture who can search for the above signs and conclude the right disease is present.
The tree care experts at David’s Tree Service can perform a full inspection of your tree’s branches, trunks, and roots. We look for weaknesses and gather any samples to take back for additional testing, if necessary. This will ensure the most accurate and detailed diagnosis possible.
Having a definitive disease identified makes treatment more suitable for the tree’s condition, thereby increasing the chances of it living and continuing to thrive. Our professionals can provide treatment options that align with your convenience. The sprays and injections we prescribe for your tree are used to hinder fungus development and rot, and these items should only be handled by a professional. Plus, we already have everything we need to treat your tree!
Give us a call today! We can inspect, diagnose, and treat any tree problem. Our full range of services and get your tree back to its lush, vibrant self! Don’t forget our free estimate to Little Rock area customers. Contact us right now!