Like any living being, trees are prone to many health issues, including diseases. When unaddressed, these diseases can take over your tree, causing rot and deterioration. Identifying early signs and contacting an arborist can help you prevent the need for tree removal down the line, so make a habit of looking for the following signs of disease.
What Are Some Symptoms of Diseased Trees?
1. Peeling Bark
Bark is the first line of defense for your tree, protecting it from pests and storing nutrients. If large sections of your tree bark begin flaking off and falling, there may be an underlying disease.
2. Fungal Shelves
If you notice fungal shelves growing at the base of your tree, they point to an infection that'll eventually cause rot, weakening, and tree removal. Look for light brown shelves or hard and black ones closer to the soil. If you're having trouble identifying this, an arborist can help and take steps to remove it before irreparable damage occurs.
3. Odd Growths
Any abnormal growth is a cause for concern. If you notice black shoots or blooming, your tree may be suffering from fire blight. These growths will gradually warp, and bacteria will quickly spread. Similarly, if the leaves yellow or brown prematurely, or stay attached through fall and winter, your tree’s roots may be rotting.
If you have concerns about a tree on your property, contact Columbia Tree & Lawn Service in Maryland. They’ve provided comprehensive tree care to residents of Howard, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Montgomery counties for over 40 years. This licensed and bonded company will fulfill your tree removal, trimming, and general landscaping needs, which you can learn more about on their website. Call (410) 740-5444 to schedule a consultation and connect with them on Facebook to receive news and updates.