Anthracnose is a fungal infection that can affect many types of plants, usually after significant rainfall has created an overly wet environment. When it attacks trees, anthracnose will not kill the tree, but it will cause it to lose all its leaves, a process that can happen very quickly due to the rapidly spreading nature of the fungus. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for an infected tree, but there are ways to prevent an infection. Below, learn some tree care tips that will help you avoid this damaging fungus.
How to Prevent Anthracnose
Use Chemical Control Methods
There are several fungicides designed for preventing anthracnose. While they cannot remove an infection, they can protect healthy tissue from contracting the fungus.
A tree care professional will inject your trees with fungicide, ideally in the spring or fall, to prevent anthracnose. A natural, organic option is Bordeaux mix; this combination of copper sulfate, lime, and water is a popular anthracnose preventative.
When you need assistance with preventing anthracnose in your trees, Hudson Tree Service is here to help. With 50 years of industry experience, their certified arborists serve property owners throughout St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe counties in Illinois. Their tree care services include trimming, pruning, removal, and stump grinding. Call (618) 233-2900 or visit their website to schedule an appointment or learn more about their services.