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Spotting Signs of Disease in Your Trees

No matter what steps you take to keep your trees healthy, they can still become diseased at any point. That is why it is so important for all homeowners to keep their eyes out for any signs that their trees are diseased and need to be treated by an arborist or removed entirely.

Spotting Signs of Disease in Your Trees

Sudden Changes to the Leaves

There are many different reasons why the leaves on your trees might change, and that includes some type of disease. Armillaria root rot is a particularly common problem that can kill a tree within just a few seasons. If you notice that the leaves have become brown or completely fall out without any changes to the weather, then you should immediately contact a specialist who can test the tree.

Brittle Bark

Much like changes to the leaves, brittle bark can be caused by a few different issues. If you are currently in a drought or the tree isn’t getting enough water, then the bark might naturally become brittle on its own. Tree owners should be cautious when one or more trees have brittle bark even though they are getting plenty of water and nutrients. To test for brittle bark, you can simply try to pull off a small piece to see if it comes off easily.

Seeping Fluids

Many trees naturally produce sap, but that type of fluid should be relatively easy to identify. When the fluid has a sour odor, then the tree could have slime flux, frothy flux, or another similar condition. You should also seek out professional assistance if any of your trees are producing so much fluid that it is pooling on the ground.

Pest Infestation

Many people are surprised to hear that carpenter ants, bark beetles, and other similar pests prefer to live in trees that are diseased or under some other type of stress. Unfortunately, if it is a severe disease or fungal infection, then you will most likely need to have the tree removed. A tree removal company should be able to quickly and safely remove the tree and all of its roots within a matter of hours.

While removing a diseased tree might not seem like an ideal solution, that is typically the best option when the damage is severe. If you don’t remove the tree right away, then the disease could quickly spread to all of the other trees on your property and in your neighborhood.


Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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