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Disease and Insect Management for Trees

Disease and Insect Management for Trees

A strategy to protect trees from disease and damaging insects should be a part of any tree maintenance plan. To keep your trees in good health, it’s important to pay attention to each part of the tree – from below the ground and up. In other words, keep an eye on the whole tree, including the roots, bark, branches and leaves.

Trees are vulnerable to certain types of disease and insect infestations. Fortunately, most of these culprits can be prevented or eliminated. And a healthy tree has a better chance of surviving common diseases and pests than an unhealthy tree. If you are proactive about taking care of the trees on your property, they will be more likely to flourish. The team at Scapes Inc. can help you develop a tree maintenance program and give you the edge.

Water can be a tree’s best friend or its worst enemy. In fact, over-watering is one of the most common culprits when it comes to tree diseases. When a tree gets too much water, the soil around the root system doesn’t get the opportunity to dry out and the roots can start to rot. Rotting roots can weaken a tree’s overall health and leave it more susceptible to disease and likely to attract pests. Different species of trees require different amounts of water to be at optimum health, too, and this is one reason why hiring a certified arborist is so important. He or she can inspect the trees currently planted on your property and oversee new tree installation to ensure proper drainage and moisture access are part of your tree maintenance plan.

A certified arborist from Scapes Inc. can also recommend the best variety of trees to install at your site. Installing a variety of tree species as opposed to one species can help reduce the spread of disease on your property as many diseases attack only specific species. In most natural forests you will find a variety of species. Mother Nature taught us this valuable lesson, and it is a strategy we encourage our clients to utilize when planning their tree installations.

Some insects can propose a threat to trees, while others can be beneficial. Most insects pose no threat at all. Keeping a careful eye out for certain types of insects can help mitigate damage and disease. If you find termites or carpenter ants, this is a sign that there is dead wood under the tree’s bark. These pests didn’t cause the damage, but were attracted to the tree because of the dead bark. Dutch Elm beetles, on the other hand, do cause tree damage because they introduce the disease to the trees. Tree borers do just that, they bore into trees, which can release sap that oozes out and attract other insects.

Other vegetation can be cause for concern, too. Consult a certified arborist if you notice fungus growth or mushroom-like growths on your trees. Other plants such as mistletoe can be parasitic and deprive a tree of its nutrients, compromising its overall health.

If you are concerned that your trees are afflicted by disease or other pests, contact the tree maintenance experts at Scapes Inc. at 972-407-5000. Our certified arborists can visit your site and develop a treatment and maintenance plan specific to your situation.

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