Being aware of disease and infections may save a tree


So after being so over the attorney thing, I fell in love with more active work and got into the tree service industry for 15 years. Being in the tree service industry you have to be aware of a tree’s overall health and conditions. People come to you with expectations. That you will grow, maintain, and ensure proper care and conditions of their trees and shrubs. Therefore, Its not enough to just trim a branch or remove a stump, you should be albe to identify and recognize some commone diseases that may plague the trees and shrubs in your climate. A person experienced and knowledgeable in arboriculture will know the signs and syptoms of an infected tree. Just like with us if you catch the disease early enough you have a better chance for a cure.

The first this is to be able to identify signs that something is or maybe wrong with the tree. Some common things to look for and to be aware of is if the bark or branches of the tree looks to be blistering, resembling a canker sore. It is cause by an open wound on its branches to become infected by a fungal or bacteria. This type of disease is refer to as Canker Tree Disease. There are a few different type of canker diseases that could be affecting the tree, depending on the type of tree in questions, the ground soil around it, and the climate its planted in.

Another common disease that a tree maybe susceptible to is Heart Rot Tree Disease. This disease normally infects beech, birch, cerdar, dogwood, and maple trees. As a result of it being improperly pruned or broken and damage branches. This is a fungal infextion, the tree will show signs of fungi. If the tree has a growth of conk or mushrooms and its one of the ealier mentions tree species, then there is a great chance that the tree is infected with this disease. There is a company that specializes in this type of treatment, they can be found here:

If you notice that at the base of a hardwood tree mushroom growth then this tree may be infected by what is refer to as Root or Butt Rot Disease. Just like the name suggest it attacks the roots or base of a hardwood tree weakening at that point. It may be noticed rot beginning at the base of the tree and moving upward. A conifer or broad leaf tree that has some type of wound on its trunk or branches is susceptible to this type of disease.

As a child playing in the woods behind my grandparents house I remember seeing this particular disease on the beautiful maple and elms. Its called the Sooty Mold Disease. It attacks maples, elms, boxelder, and linden trees. It noticeably leaves a black dusting or soot on the tree’s leaves and the dirt around it. this is common where there are a lot of feeding insects in the area. This too is a fungal disease that can harm a tree.


These are just a few common diseases and infection that may be plaguing your clients trees. There are many, many more out there reeking havoc on trees and shrubs worldwide. Learn and understand what is going on in the community that you operate in. many of the disease can spread from one tree to the next, if you know what to look for you can stop it before it has a chance to contimanate a neighborhood. Hopefully by knowing what to look for and being aware of the conditions that promote such diseases, you will have a better chance of maintaining healthy trees and happy customers.


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