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Is Your Tree Infected or Infested?

26 JUL 2022

Is Your Tree Infected or Infested?

Trees are a valued addition to any landscape, especially when they are robust and healthy. Since transplanting a mature tree is costly and hectic, most people plant young trees and wait for them to grow. While this is a cost-effective solution compared to the former, you must be prepared to wait 10 to 20 years for a sapling to mature. Throughout the growth span, the tree is susceptible to various infections and pests, leading to deterioration or death. Whether you have planted a sapling or mature tree, scheduling routine maintenance with a reputable tree service is vital.

Sesmas Tree Service has an experienced team of experts with extensive industry knowledge and expertise ready to help you maintain healthy and robust trees. We believe the key to achieving this is early detection, making it easy to control and eradicate. Here are some signs to look out for if you detect signs of infection or infestation in your trees.

Unseasonal Yellow or Brown Foliage

When trees struggle with a disease or infection, the first sign is a change in foliage pigmentation. Nutrients absorbed by the roots are robbed by critters, leading to unseasonal brown or yellowish color. This is a tricky sign for an untrained eye to detect in its early stages until they start dying off in the fall and winter months. While this is a hibernation technique used by trees during this time of the year, the discoloration can spread throughout the tree's foliage if it's infected or infested. Whether you have deciduous or evergreen trees on your property, it is essential to schedule routine maintenance with a tree care company to address the problem early.

Leaking Tree

Leakage is a standard indicator of injury, which can be a significant problem or a non-issue depending on severity. Whenever you conduct tree maintenance like trimming or a tree loses a limb through natural causes, it sustains an injury that leaks sap. Typically, the tree heals by sealing the wounds the same way the human body heals cuts. The difference between a tree and the human body is that trees don't heal but seal their injuries, leaving them susceptible to pests and bacteria like slime flux and boring beetles, among many others. A damaged tree is an easy target for these nasty critters, hence the need for regular maintenance by a professional.

Conks or Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a global delicacy that complements various dishes. However, when they appear at the base of a tree trunk, it signifies a detrimental underlying issue. Fungi is caused by several things, such as cracks on the bark, trimming, lawn mower blades, or other damaging means. Although not all mushrooms damage trees, the real problem starts when they release an enzyme that breaks down tree tissue. This compromises the tree's structural integrity, making it a likely candidate for falling or removal.

If you detect any of these signs or suspect an issue with your trees, contact Sesmas Tree Service and schedule a consultation with our representative. Our tree care experts can comprehensively inspect before recommending a suitable solution that guarantees your safety and curb appeal.