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Are Your Trees Healthy?

Trees In a Park

A tree adds value and beauty to your property. We enjoy its shade, its shelter, and perhaps its fruit if we are lucky. Few homeowners give thought to the health of their trees until they begin to show telltale signs of disease. Fewer homeowners still give any thought to caring for their trees until it is evident that something must be done. How do we know that our trees are healthy and well maintained? What can we look for to determine if care is needed? Most importantly, what can be done if there is a problem?

Are your trees healthy?

To ensure that the trees on your property stay alive and healthy for years to come, look for some telltale signs that you can search for to determine if an intervention is needed. The cost of tree removal is far more expensive than simple maintenance and periodic checkups. Consider adding a professional arborist to your list of contacts for all-around tree care. In the meantime, look for these signs that your tree may be in need of some extra TLC:

Seeping fluid--If you notice fluid leaking from the bottom of your tree, it may have a condition called alcoholic slime flux. The fluid will be sour in odor, and it will leave dark streaks down the trunk of the tree. If left unchecked, the condition can cause stunting of growth and eventual death of existing branches and foliage.

Hard gray growth on bark--These growths result from a fungus that compromises trees such as maple, hickory, and cherry. Once this fungus attaches itself to a tree, it will continue to grow and spread until it is removed. It can damage the tree's vascular structure, making it difficult to leach nutrients and water from the soil.

Peeling bark--The bark on your trees provides essential protection from pests, weather, and other irritants. If bark begins to peel on your trees, it is a sign that the tree's interior structure is in danger; care must be taken to protect the outer layers of bark, or the disease and potential for damage could spread inward.

Black flowers or shoots---Otherwise known as fire blight, this disease will cause shoots and flowers on the tree to turn black. Once they have been infected, they will eventually wither and form the shape of a shepherd's crook.

Light brown shelves at the base of the tree--Inonotus dryadeus is a quick-spreading fungus that causes significant damage to trees such as oak and maple. The fungus can stunt branch growth and prevent valuable nutrients from traveling along the tree's vascular system. Infected trees can quickly spread the disease from tree to tree, so it is advisable to remove them at the first signs of infestation.

Yellowing or brown leaves---These colors are lovely when you see them in fall, but any other time of year indicates the development of a condition called armillaria root rot. Once it has set in, it is almost impossible to eradicate, and constant removal of dead tree trunk sections and brush is required to keep surrounding trees healthy.

Powdery mildew--This white, powder-like substance first appears on tree leaves. The white powder spots will eventually cover foliage completely, making it extremely difficult for a tree to soak up vital sunshine to begin the process of photosynthesis.

Don't know how to treat your trees? Give us a call!

Fey and Sons, LLC is a group of committed, professional arborists who are trained in all aspects of tree care. From preventative care to diagnosis, treatment, and removal, we will assess the health of your trees and give you expert advice and service as we bring your foliage and your property back to its healthiest state. If you suspect that your trees may be diseased, don't hesitate. Contact us today to see how we can help you reclaim and restore your landscape. Visit for more information and to set up an appointment.

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