Common Bay Area Tree Problems and Their Remedies

by / Monday, 07 August 2017 / Published in Blog

In the Bay Area, we have a great variety of trees…and their respective issues. As a homeowner, you may encounter any one (or two, or three) of them, so be on the lookout for these issues. When you know what to look for, you will be able to remedy the situation earlier instead of later.

Roots Dislocating Sidewalks

When trees are located near sidewalks, many people don’t anticipate that the roots will eventually grow and expand, dislodging the sidewalk itself. Tree roots that have pushed up through sidewalks is a common issue. Some people will cut root systems, but this should never be a first solution. The root system is important to the health of the tree and cutting roots can have a detrimental effect on the tree itself. Root pruning is very stressful to the tree and should not be done lightly.

Another solution has been to dig down further to allow for more root growth away from the sidewalk. And again, this is not a solution for an amateur. A tree removal professional in San Jose is the one to call when you are encountering this problem. It is always more advisable to adjust the sidewalk than to try to change the root system if you value your tree.

Tree Fungus

Fungus can affect a wide variety of trees and, most of the time, it can be detrimental to the tree’s health. Fungi can often cause decay and kill sapwood storage which can affect the strength of the tree itself. This, in turn, can weaken limbs and create even bigger problems. In order to keep fungus issues at bay, it is important to keep trees at their most healthy state possible and remove areas where fungus has grown to inhibit the spread. A San Jose tree removal professional can advise you on ways to eliminate tree fungus.

Yellowing Needles

If you find your redwoods are exhibiting yellowing needles, this can be caused by a variety of things. A lack of iron is one cause of yellowing needles. An iron spray can be applied to the tree to remedy this. You will want to guard against over watering since many of the soil’s nutrients can get washed away. Cankers are another common cause of yellowing needles. These can simply be cut out. Another cause of yellowing needles can be armillaria root rot, a fungal disease affecting many different species of tree and plants. Unfortunately, there is no remedy for this and the tree will need to be removed by a San Jose tree removal professional.

If you are dealing with any tree issues and have questions, call the experts at Bay Area Tree Specialists. We believe in educating homeowners about the proper care of the trees on their property to ensure their health and beauty for years to come. We have served the San Jose and greater Bay area for all tree removal and arborist services for many years and remain the company to turn to for tree problems large or small.

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