Here Are 6 Diseases That May Affect Trees In Summer in Michigan

We all love the warmth that summer brings, but diseases like to use the heat to spread in trees in summer.  Trees in Michigan are susceptible to this, this time of the year. It’s important that we take care of them because they’re an intrinsic part of the ecosystem and are essential to human beings.

Not only do they add life to our environment, but they also keep our homes cool and provide shade. However, during summer in Michigan, there’s increased pest activity — because of high temperatures and moisture — and trees tend to suffer from different diseases.

Let’s look at a few diseases that affect trees in summer in Michigan and how Safari Tree can help.

1. Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is a dangerous disease and can quickly finish your oak trees. The fungus always eats the tree from the inside out, spreading quickly from infected trees to healthy ones.

oak wiltThe transmission is mainly through the roots, and the disease causes premature leaf fall and wilting. The only oak rarely affected by the disease is the white oak.

Safari Tree has treatments to quickly and effectively address your infected trees. 

2. Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is another common tree disease during Michigan summers. As its name suggests, it appears as spots of white or gray powder-like growth on the leaves’ surface.

powdery mildewThe disease is especially severe in summer and, if ignored, it may lead to further dead spots and defoliation. Early treatment by a tree care company should fix the problem posed by powdery mildew.

3. Anthracnose

Anthracnose will appear as small brown or yellow spots on the leaves of an infected tree and can also cause tree defoliation.

anthracnose diseaseIf you see a sign of the disease on your trees, prune the branches that seem to have an infection and destroy the infected leaves to avoid further spreading and improve their appearance.

4. Thousand Canker

Commonly known as TCD, it is a disease caused by a combination of fungus activity. It affects walnut trees and is spread by walnut twig beetles. During summer, you’ll notice more dead branches because this is the beetles’ peak season.

5. Apple Scab

The disease is common in crabapple and cultivated apple trees and affects both the fruit and blossoms of infected trees. Although apple scab is not deadly to its host, the infection could cause premature leaf growth and fruit deformation.trees in summer

As such, the vulnerability of the host plant is enhanced by possible secondary infection. The tree could grow weak when infected by apple scab for many years with constant leaf loss. Safari Tree can help you treat and prevent such diseases from keeping your plants flourishing.

6. Scorch

The disease is mainly caused by leafhoppers. They infect the trees with bacteria while taking and feeding on the tissues.

scorch on tree leaves Scorch can be caused by unfavorable soil nutrient imbalances in hot and dry wind conditions. Summer in Michigan can be very hot, making scorch very common.

Safari Tree Can Help

Tree diseases can thrive during summer, and you should keep a keen eye on your trees to watch out for any signs of disease. If you reside in Michigan and need a tree health care program, you can always reach out to Safari Tree. We are a tree service company committed to helping homeowners prevent damage to trees, treat infestations and diseases, improve the health status of their trees, and other general care for the trees.

Reach out to us or give us a call at 844.500.8733. You can also visit any of our five branches, and we will be glad to serve you.