How To Detect Tree Disease



Your property landscape will never be complete without having seeing a tree within it. No matter whether it is small or big, their existence just gives life to the environment. However, we may not be informed that trees do also have diseases that must be stopped or treated. You wouldn’t wish to have a dying or rotten tree in your right?

Finding out if the tree has an issue or has a disease is hard. It make take some specialist to totally diagnose the condition of your tree. However, you might also find out if your tree happen to be having the signs of deterioration.

a.    Decay
If the is already decaying or its exhibits signs of peeling bark or growth of fungi, then these conditions could mean some type of weakness. Peeling bark can be due to disease, mechanical injury, sunburn and lightning and more. You should check with your arborist whether the tree has to be removed, and or be conserved.

b.    Hanging Branches
They are branches that cracked or broke, or “healed” badly and are hanging by a thread. There is a chance it can be still alive or dead already. Arborists call these broken branches as hangers. Quite often, they must be detached however in case you are in doubt, you can refer to a professional arborist.

c.    Irregular shape
The tree that does not grow in the form which it needs to be could possibly be having a problem. Is it leaning? Or the form is poor? Gaps and fissures in the soil near the stem on one side of the main trunk may be a result of the root system pulling loose because of lean.

d.     Dead wood
There’s nothing much that can be done with a dead tree aside from having it removed instantly. Dead trees and branches are very wobbly and can fall anytime. Dead wood is dry, brittle and simply breaks because it cannot bend when the wind blows just like a living tree.

e.    Weak branch union
It is the area in which the branches aren’t properly or strongly connected to a tree. When branches with the exact same sizes grow too close with one another, an ingrown bark develops between the branches and within the union. This bark doesn’t have enough structural strength and the branch unions are weaker than others that doesn’t have included barks. The abnormal bark growth may also act as a wedge and result in the branch union to break or split apart.

f.    Cankers
Cankers are usually brought on by wounding or disease. They are hollow spots on the branch or stem where the bark is supposed to be. A canker that develops over half of a tree’s circumference may cause failure even if the exposed wood areas seem fine.

g.    Multiple trunks
When a tree has multiple trunk or leaders, chances are it will be less strong compared to a healthy tree. The shape of a trunk or where the union of stem connects reveals whether a tree is potentially dangerous. If there are excess or more than two leaders, then you definitely must cable all of them.