Is That a Diseased Tree? 5 Signs Your Tree's Gotta Go

All good things come to an end and unfortunately, the same goes for trees. As a homeowner, you must stay on the lookout for signs of disease to stop them from dying or damaging your property.

Because if a dead tree falls onto your home, it can cost a pretty penny.

 Not sure if you have a diseased tree? Here are five signs that your tree is on its way out.

1. Seeping Fluid

If your tree is excreting fluid, chances are it may have alcoholic slime flux. In an extreme case, the excess fluid will pool around the base of the tree and emit a sour odor.  The fluid also leaves dark streaks down the bark.

 Give your trees the once-over during spring and summer because this is when trees produce the fluid.  

2. Peeling Bark  

Tree bark diseases are noticeable as the bark will peel. Bark is crucial to a tree’s health as it protects the inner core of the trunk to keep it healthy. Also, if the bark peels, trees may not maintain the necessary nutrients and will die.

 Although not every case of peeling bark means a tree trunk disease. It’s only when larger pieces of bark fall, that you should seek professional help.

3. Yellow or Brown Leaves

A major sign of tree disease is the discoloration of leaves as it signifies armillaria root rot. Also, a tree’s major branches will wilt.

This tree disease takes a few seasons to kick-in. It’s important to note that the process can speed up if the tree doesn’t get enough nutrients or if it has attracted too many insects.

 Yellowing can show a lack of moisture but also shows signs of pest problems, diseases, and even soil fertility.  

4. Powdery Mildew 

Not sure how to tell if a tree is dying?

Check if there are any white spots on tree bark or leaves as that is a telltale sign of powdery mildew. This disease can develop later in the season when the weather has high humidity levels and you’ll also see a distortion of leaves and stunted tree growth.

 If powdery mildew is left, these white spots will expand and cover the entire leaf’s surface. It’s essential that you call a professional arborist as diseased trees must be treated quickly or they will die.

 Also, don’t treat the tree yourself because if you use the wrong treatment, you could accidentally kill the tree.  

5. Black Flowers or Shoots 

Fire blight is another common disease when all the shoots or flowers turn black. Once they are both infected, they will bend into the shape of a shepherd’s crook.

 These symptoms kick in a few weeks after the infection and once the disease enters, the bacteria populations can double by the hour.

Now You Know How to Save a Diseased Tree

Having a diseased tree isn’t the end of the world as long as you act quickly. It’s essential that you check your trees often to see if there are any changes and call a professional arborist immediately. It’s crucial that you don’t save the tree yourself as it could cause irrevocable damage. Good luck!

If you're worried about a potentially diseased tree in the Winston Salem area, please don't hesitate to call. Contact us here for any inquiries.

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