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If You Have These Trees on Your Property, Watch Over Them Closely

All trees are susceptible to certain diseases and ailments. However, some varieties of trees are more susceptible to deadly diseases and infestations than others. If you have any of the following types of trees on your property, it's important to keep a close eye on them and contact a tree care service the second something seems amiss.

American Chestnut Trees

The American Chestnut Tree is not as common as it once was due to a disease called chestnut blight. This fungus was introduced to the U.S. in the 1900s and killed off many chestnut trees across the nation. If you're lucky enough to have a rare American chestnut on your property, then watch for signs of chestnut blight, which include:
  • Yellowing and dying of individual branches
  • Cankers (sores) on the bark
  • Yellow fruiting bodies on the bark, especially near the cankers
There is no cure for chestnut blight, but if your tree does contract this fungal infection, it's essential to have it removed as soon as possible in order to reduce the spread of infection to nearby trees.

Ash Trees

Yellow, white, and green ash trees are all susceptible to a condition called ash yellows. The disease causes the leaves to turn yellow and form crusty patches along their margins. Twigs may appear swollen or powder-coated on their ends. If ash yellows is detected early, a tree care expert can treat it by pruning off the affected branches. However, if you wait too long, the tree can easily succumb to the infection and die.
You must also watch your ash tree for the presence of long-bodied, green beetles. These are called emerald ash borers—a species of beetle that can burrow into the tree's interior, stealing its nutrients and eventually leading to its death. Most trees die within 4 years of infestation. The DEC has strict guidelines for dealing with infested trees, so it's important to have a tree care expert diagnose an infestation of emerald ash borers and remove the tree if needed.

Oak Trees

With their unique leaves and acorns, oak trees look majestic on any property. However, they are also prone to a number of diseases, which range in severity.
Oak Leaf Blister
This is a minor disease that causes pale green dots to appear on the tops of leaves. It may make the tree unattractive, but it's not overly dangerous.
Hypoxylon Canker
This oak disease causes the leaves to yellow and wilt. The black and gray patches may appear on the tree's trunk. With proper fertilization and irrigation, most trees recover, though the badly infected branches need to be removed.
Oak Wilt
Oak Wilt is a very serious infection that causes an oak tree's leaves to turn bronze or brown. The leaves then tumble to the ground. Red oak trees can die within weeks of contracting the infection, and white oaks die within a few years.

Elm Trees

Elm trees are susceptible to two serious diseases: Dutch elm disease and elm yellows. Neither disease is curable, and both are highly contagious, which means that diseased trees should be removed promptly to prevent the spread of the disease.
Both of the diseases show very similar symptoms. First, the leaves on one branch turn yellow and then tumble to the ground. Then, subsequent branches become affected. The tree may die off completely within a few short weeks.
It's really not important for you to distinguish between these two diseases. Just know that both of them warrant calling a tree care company as soon as possible so that you can remove the tree and protect other elms in the area.
If you have oak, elm, ash, or chestnut trees on your property, keep a close eye on them so that signs of disease do not go undetected. If you're not sure whether or not a diseased tree needs to be removed, contact A Advanced Tree Service Of Brevard. We'll provide you with an expert opinion and remove the tree if needed.