How a Tree Care Service Can Help Prevent Tree Diseases

by / Thursday, 21 September 2017 / Published in Blog

Your trees are like your vehicles in that they need care and maintenance on a regular basis. If you understand the consequences of not properly caring for a vehicle, then you should know the same philosophy applies to trees. Our trees are very important to us environmentally and physically. The following should give you a better idea of how a tree care service in Palo Alto can help keep your trees healthy and free from diseases.

Disease Problems

Tree diseases are typically caused by bacteria and fungi that will attack them depending on climate variations. Consequently, disease problems can vary annually or seasonally. In most cases, these bacteria and fungi will attack based on the family/species of tree. Therefore, it’s important identify what it is before recommending a treatment solution. In some instances, a tree will develop new leaves in order to tolerate any leaf problems they may be experiencing. When the problem is severe, you should consider contacting an arborist, horticulturalist, or tree care specialists in Palo Alto.

Getting Started

Tree death is commonly caused by one of two factors – disease-causing pathogens and insect infestations. The first step to preventing tree diseases is YOU. If you haven’t done so already, you should do some research and familiarize yourself with the more common tree diseases that occur in the Bay Area. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to choose and plant trees that aren’t as prone or susceptible to these problems.

If there are trees on your property that are either dead or dying, consider having them removed by a tree care service in Palo Alto. This will keep the disease from spreading. It’s a good idea to have the tree removed along with its roots. In order to ensure that storm-damaged trees and other plant debris are removed properly, it’s best to trust this work to a professional tree care service.

You should also consider applying fungicides and insecticides to all trees on a regular basis as a preventative measure against diseases and pests. Fungicide sprays will arrest the spread of any fungus that may be present so your surrounding trees want get sick, so to speak. Additionally, insecticides will help control pests and their offspring. Plus, it will keep them from spreading to other trees.

Common Tree Diseases

There 5 types of tree diseases that are very common in the Bay Area, most of which can be prevented with the help of a tree care service in Palo Alto. These include:

  • Chinese Elm Anthracnose
    Fire Blight
    Shot Hole Fungus
    Sooty Mold
    Sudden Oak Death

It goes without saying that you have to pay attention to your trees. That old saying about “an ounce of prevention” . . . it can go a long way to extending the lifespan of your trees by keeping them healthy.

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