If you have a few trees on your property, the prospect of one or more of them coming down with a disease likely scares you. No one wants to lose a tree they’ve put so much care and work into and there are so many factors that can lead to disease. But if you know what signs to look for, you can detect these diseases early. And when you do that, there’s a far better chance the tree can be saved. With that in mind, here are some signs that your tree is dealing with a disease:
Discolored or Abnormal Leaves
One of the most noticeable signs of tree disease is discolored or abnormal leaves. Keep an eye out for leaves that turn yellow, brown, or develop spots and blotches. Unusual leaf curling, wilting, or premature leaf drop can also indicate underlying issues. While it’s natural for leaves to change color in different seasons, sudden or extensive discoloration could be a sign of a problem that requires your attention.
Bark Changes and Wounds
The bark of a tree can tell you a lot about its health. If you notice changes in bark texture or color, such as peeling, cracking, or the appearance of lesions, that should be a red flag. Some diseases cause distinctive patterns on the bark. Additionally, wounds on the trunk or branches can create entry points for pathogens, making the tree more susceptible to disease. Keep an eye out for any unusual bark changes or wounds. Seek professional advice if you’re unsure about what you’re looking at.
Fungal Growth and Infestations
Another clear sign of tree disease is the presence of fungal growth or infestations. Look out for mushrooms, conks, or other fungal structures growing on or around the tree. These indicate that the tree is experiencing internal decay or rot. Additionally, pests like borers, aphids, or caterpillars can weaken a tree and make it more prone to disease. If you spot any unusual growths or signs of infestation, it’s best to consult an expert to assess the situation.
Tree diseases can be caused by various factors, including fungi, bacteria, viruses, and environmental stressors. Identifying the specific disease and determining the appropriate treatment requires expertise. If you suspect that your tree might be suffering from a disease, don’t hesitate to reach out to Aboretum Tree Services. During a consultation, we can deduce what’s ailing your tree and lay out the options from there. Call us at 210-414-3369 to learn more about the services we provide.