How to Identify Common Tree Diseases

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Just as humans come down with a cold or the flu, trees can also be troubled by various diseases. Most tree diseases are treatable, but it always helps to catch tree diseases early so a professional can resolve the problem quickly and easily.

How to Identify Common Tree Diseases

Here is a look at how you can identify common tree diseases in your neighborhood:

  • Check the various parts of the plant. Different diseases may affect different parts of the tree. You will want to check the bark, branches, leaves and roots of the tree. This will help you determine what is causing the problem and how far it may have spread.
  • Look for blotches on leaves. Blotches or dead spots in irregular patterns on leaves may indicate a fungus problem.
  • Find large groups of insects. Insects commonly live in trees. However, if you see an unusually large gathering of insects on trees, this may indicate a mold problem. Though this may not always harm the tree, it is a nuisance in the garden.
  • Identify dry, wilting leaves. Though leaves of some trees change color and dry out each fall, you may see leaves with a withered or burned appearance at other times of the year. This may be indicative of Fire Blight. This blight is caused by bacteria, and will also result in dying twigs.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your trees, we encourage you to notify us right away. We would be happy to help you identify and resolve tree diseases that may affect your trees.