Signs Of Disease, Pests, or Other Issues in Your Trees

Posted on: 2 February 2022

You want the trees in your yard to grow and mature throughout the years, but no matter how much you try to take good care of them, there are things that can happen to them that may be out of your control. Things such as environmental factors, weather-related problems, or even pests issues can come about and harm your trees. To help save your trees and prevent you from losing them altogether, there are signs to watch out for that may indicate a problem. Read on for a few signs of disease, pest infestations, and other issues that may cause damage or kill your trees that you should watch out for.

Spots on Leaves or Dead Branches

If you have spots on the leaves or there are a number of areas on the tree that don't have leaves at all, it may indicate a diseased tree. Your tree may have some leaves and part of the tree may still appear healthy, but there may be a large part of the tree that doesn't have any growth, or the branches may be damaged, which could indicate disease. If this is the case, those dead branches should be trimmed to prevent it from spreading any further to the rest of the tree. If you notice other trees nearby suffering the same fate, it may be spreading to the nearby trees and should be handled right away by an arborist to help save your trees.

Hollowed Bark or Sawdust

If you notice that your bark has been hollowed, or there is a lot of sawdust around your tree, it may indicate a pest problem. Pests such as termites or carpenter ants may be eating their way through your tree and the tree needs to be sprayed with a pesticide to help kill the pests that are infesting it. If you see that your trees are infested, you need to get a handle on the pest problem before they start attacking the other trees nearby as well.

Poorly Growing Leaves

If your leaves appear lilted or they aren't growing to their fullest as they normally would, it may be the sign of a disease in your tree, and it is stunting the growth of the tree. It may also be the indication that the tree isn't getting sufficient nutrients, which can happen with overcrowding.

If you have any of these issues with your trees, you should call an arborist for help in diagnosing the issue in your trees and treating them in order to save the trees and prevent killing the trees.