One of the biggest enemies that your trees will face is fungi. It is a problem that impacts so many trees, but we don’t realize it because we only notice the problems that come afterward – diseases, infestations, and infections. We don’t pay attention to tree fungi because the symptoms and signs are so difficult to spot. We’ve seen them our entire lives and don’t really know that we are seeing isn’t appropriate.
Instead of letting these issues go, we need to learn how to spot them and treat them – or at least find out who you can turn to when you find out that you have tree fungi.
Identifying tree fungi problems isn’t difficult, but it does require you to learn some of the things you absolutely need to look for in your trees. Here are the main ones to look for in West Hartford and all of Connecticut:
4. Softs Spots on Tree
- Keep Your Touch Gentle
- Check for Damp Spots on Your Trees
- Keep Moisture Monitors
Moisture is in all of our yards, it is impossible to avoid. Every time it rains, when the humidity goes up, and when you water your plants, you are going to increase the moisture your trees feel. As the moisture rises, so does the ability for fungi to grow. Your trees will eventually succumb to that large amount of fungi.
Once or twice a year, feel your trees. Run your hands over the bark and try to find the soft spots so that you can check them for some of the other signs on this list.
Even more, it is important to note any of this because, as Esurance points out, “Large wood conchs, shelf fungus, or sprouting mushrooms indicate that a part of a tree is either dead or death is imminent. And that makes fungus an assuring (or not-so-assuring?) clue that your tree is hazardous.”
3. Wounds Staying Open
- Never Cause a Wound You Don’t Need To
- Use Best Pruning Methods
- Pay Attention to New Wounds
Making a cut in a tree, having a branch fall off, or even squirrels running around your trees can cause wounds on your tree. Trees get wounds just about as easily as we do. And, like humans, these wounds can sometimes be pretty bad. They can also get infected with fungi. It takes longer for the trees to heal than it does the humans. The trees use nutrients to heal – and that is what the fungi targets.
Tree fungi attach to the wounds and use the plentiful nutrients to get stronger and stronger. As they get strong, the tree weakens and the fungi can then take over more.
According to the University of Kentucky, “Wood decay begins when microscopic fungal strands (mycelia) or spores are carried by wind, insects, pruning equipment, or other means to a wound. Depending on the host plant, fungal
species, and point of entry, decay is classified as a root rot, butt rot (decay at tree base), or trunk and branch rot.”
2. Spots on Leaves and Branches
- The Darker the Growth, the Worse
- Any Color Spots Are Bad
- Take Photos for Professionals
For most of us, we know that spots or holes in leaves aren’t the best. However, we don’t realize just how bad they can be. We picked off the 3D spots, rubbed off the fuzzy ones, and ignored them overall. These spots go ignored and are forgotten when things get even worse. These spots are a sign that there is something wrong with the tree, and you should not ignore them.
According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, “In rare cases of severe infection and where the size and value of plants make it practicable, applications of fungicides may be helpful. Sprays will not cure infected leaves. Therefore, once the damage is noticed, spraying may have limited value. Spraying generally needs to be started as buds break in the spring and repeated at 10–14 day intervals. Recommendations will vary by disease and fungicide used. Have the disease identified before purchasing a control product.” Many of these fungicides are not available on the market to people without special licenses and permits.
- All Mushrooms Should Be Investigated
- Mushrooms Can Grow on the Root Line
- Shelf Mushrooms Quite Common
Mushrooms are a common sight in many of our yards – they are always around, especially in the late fall months. They seem to pop up overnight and then go away again. However, if you see your trees covered in mushrooms or along the umbrella lines of the tree, you could have a huge problem on your hands. These fungi have taken over your tree and will feed on the water and nutrients that the tree is supposed to get.
According to Home Guides, “The inner destruction is hidden from view by the tree’s bark, and damage can become extensive before you realize anything is wrong. Whenever mushrooms or mushroom-like structures appear around or on your tree, fungal infection is the likely cause.”
Whether you have just a few mushrooms or there are large clusters on your tree, you need to reach out for professional help. No matter how bad the infestation is, you need to see how far along the infestation is.
If your trees aren’t performing the way she should be or you are concerned that some of these warning signs are on your tree, your first call should be to Apache Tree Service. Our team has the ability and means to tackle the biggest problems that you may have, working to save your trees from not only fungi, but from other diseases as well. We take the health of your trees and the rest of your yard extremely seriously. We will help you with any problems that you may face, and can help you to avoid recurrence of tree fungi.
Give us a call today at (860) 200-7077. The sooner we start fighting tree fungi, the better your odds will be.
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