In the battle to protect your yard from leaf spot disease and pests, some of the most serious threats are also among the subtlest. This is especially clear with leaf spot disease, a family of plant illnesses that are often difficult to separate from more mundane threats to your lawn and garden. At first glance, plants infected with leaf spot disease simply look like they haven’t been watered enough or have been in the sun too long. In fact, it is the result of serious fungal or other infections, which can destroy your plants even if you water them adequately. Only by identifying leaf spot disease early and taking quick, decisive action can Southeast Michigan homeowners keep their gardens and lawns healthy for the long haul.
Leaf spot disease refers to a range of different illnesses that cause discolored spots to form on your plants. While many different pathogens can cause these illnesses, fungi are among the most common.
Such fungi include:
Anthracnose is a fungal infection that causes spots to form on your leaves and is sometimes classified as a type of leaf spot disease. But unlike most other forms of the disease, anthracnose does not directly cause permanent damage to your plants, though it can weaken them and make them more vulnerable to other illnesses and pests. For this reason, Michigan homeowners do not regard anthracnose as seriously as they think of leaf spot disease and can afford to take more time to remove it.Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell the difference between anthracnose and severe leaf spot disease, in part because the two threats look so similar. Both cause your plants to develop tan and brown blotches and spots, and lead leaves to curl, pucker, and eventually fall off. Michigan homeowners thus tend to have trouble determining just how serious the threat to their plants are, making it essential for them to turn to professionals. Certified arborists know how to examine your plants in detail, assess whether they are being damaged by anthracnose or severe leaf spot disease, and find the best course of treatment for the issue. Only then can you be sure you are treating your infected plants correctly.
As a skilled tree care service with extensive experience in the Southeast Michigan area, Safari Tree has the resources and expertise to deal with every variety of leaf spot infection. We have developed a strategy to identify and eliminate fungal infections immediately, starting with:
Don’t give leaf spot, anthracnose, and other tree illnesses an opportunity to ruin your property. As a certified arborist, Safari Tree is more than happy to diagnose and treat all harmful plant diseases. For a free estimate or more information, contact us today.