The trees in your yard provide personality, shade, and beauty for your property. While many homeowners enjoy the trees in their yard, far too many of them do not properly care for them, including pest control, watering, and trimming. Let’s take a closer look today at the types of tree diseases that are common in New England so that you can begin to understand what threats your trees face.
- Dutch Elm Disease – According arborists, Dutch elm disease has killed millions of elm trees in the U.S. since 1930. Bark beetles travel between sick and healthy trees, thus spreading the disease. It’s crucial to remove infected trees from your landscape and grind them into wood chips. This stops beetles from spreading.
- Fireblight – Fireblight is a bacterial infection that can become prominent in wet weather conditions in the early spring. This bacterium can cause the death of buds, leaves, flowers, and can hinder new growth. The decline in trees from fireblight in our area is usually found on Crabapple, Callery Pear, Cotoneaster, Spirea, Mountain Ash and Quince. There are chemical spray applications available, as well as Trunk Injection products which provide control.
- Armillaria Root Rot – Armillaria is a fungal disease that can attack a variety of tree species. The fungus loves old, rotten tree stumps and dead roots. It has been the demise of many a beautiful big Oak or Maple. Trees growing in close proximity to decaying stumps or other infected trees can become infected. There are some indications that treating the infected soil around trees with Armillaria with good fungus spores, called Trichoderma, may be helpful as the good fungus tends to eat up or feed on the bad fungus.
If you suspect that your trees or bushes are experiencing fungal or pest diseases, contact Pro-Tech Lawn Care for an inspection. UMass Agricultural Extension School has a comprehensive list of tree diseases that you may find helpful or otherwise interesting. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care with any questions at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website for more information.