4 Things That Cause A Tree’s Demise And Ways To Avoid Them

If you have multiple trees in your yard, you may be concerned about their health. Unfortunately, there are many diseases and environmental issues that can cause the health of a tree to decline. Once a tree dies, becomes irreparably damaged or severely diseased, prompt tree removal is necessary to avoid additional property damage. Here are a few things that can cause a tree's demise and ways to avoid them:

Poorly Shaped Trees

If a tree does not maintain a balanced shape, the lack of structural integrity can cause the tree to fall prematurely.

How can it be avoided?

The shape of a tree is not left solely to nature. Proper and consistent pruning can guide the shape of a tree for proper proportions and branch distribution.

Decayed Roots

Rotting roots can quickly kill a tree. Since the roots ensure that the tree is properly anchored to the ground, once they are compromised, the tree can no longer receive the water and nutrients it needs to survive. To check your tree for root decay, look for cracks or breaks in the surface roots. In addition, look for visible mushrooms or other fungal growth on the exposed roots.

How can it be avoided?

To discourage root rot, be sure to leave a bit of space between mulch and the trunk of your tree. The extra space allows air to circulate around the base of the tree, which is where surface roots usually appear.

Blight Fungus

The blight fungus is spread as the spores are relocated by wind and rain. The disease, which commonly infects bark wounds on chestnut trees, appears as a curled orange growth on the bark of the tree. The blight fungus is usually observed when the weather is moist, and since there is no cure, avoidance is best.

How can it be avoided?

The blight fungus grows best in moist conditions. It is best not water to your tree at night when there is no sunlight to encourage sufficient drying of the tree bark.

Oak Leaf Blisters

Oak leaf blisters are diagnosed by blister-like protuberances on the top surface of the leaves. The undersurface of the leaves is usually depressed. The blisters are caused by a fungus and can be treated by a fungicide.  

How can it be avoided?

A protective fungicide can be applied to the trees in early spring when the buds first present.

There are many reasons that a tree may become sick. Some tree diseases can be effectively treated. However, others may require tree removal. If you suspect a problem with one of your trees, contact a tree specialist in your area for proper diagnosis and professional guidance.

To learn more, contact a company like Tidd Tree