How To Handle Your Diseased Tree
Trees are no different than humans: they need the right nutrients and hydration to grow and stay healthy. This means they are also prone to unexpected diseases. Insects, environmental toxins, challenging weather conditions, and many other factors can place trees under enough stress that they fall ill land become diseased trees.
Once a tree is sick, only quick and professional action can save it and prevent the disease from spreading to other trees nearby. Make sure you know how to identify a sick tree on your property and seek the care your tree needs to survive.
First, Look for the Signs
A tree will show signs that it is in trouble, like brittle wood, areas of decay, lack of leaves, and cracks on the trunk. You can also use the Internet to research any strange tree behavior you are noticing to determine its meaning. If you notice signs of disease, call an arborist or landscaping professional for help!
Assess Your Watering, Mulching, and Fertilizing Routine
If your tree isn’t suffering from an advanced disease quite yet, it’s possible that you can reverse the damage by modifying your watering, mulch, and fertilizer habits. Make sure your tree has sufficient drainage so it isn’t water-logged. Too much water can be just as detrimental as a drought!
Mulch should also be placed down with care so a thick layer doesn’t suffocate the roots and trap moisture. Fertilizer is another element of maintenance that can be potentially damaging, so don’t fertilize near your trees.
Prune Away the Disease
If the disease on your tree is isolated to specific leaves and branches, you can carefully prune those away to prevent the spread of the disease. Just keep in mind that disease can often spread even with the best of care, so is best to consult a professional who can help you determine exactly what should be done with your tree for the optimal outcome.
The team at Oasis Palms and Landscaping is standing by to help you save your tree and continue enjoying its majestic presence on your property. Call (813) 370-1135 to make an appointment and get your tree the experienced attention it needs.