COMMON TREE DISEASES IN SE MICHIGAN
When it comes to keeping your trees and shrubs healthy, never underestimate the significant threats that are too small to see. Fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms may not be as visible as exterior bugs and birds, but they present every bit as serious a danger to the life and health of your property. Fungus can affect leaf, bark, trunk, or other parts of a tree. It is important to watch out for the symptoms of the most common tree diseases in Southeast Michigan, as well as to take preventative measures that stop them from infecting your plants and curative measures to eliminate infections that have already started. Our tree care services are designed to keep your trees and shrubs in good condition for the long haul.
In order to protect your plants from infection, it’s first necessary to recognize the sheer variety of diseases that trees are susceptible to in Southeast Michigan. These include:
Of all the diseases that can attack your trees, rust is one of the most varied. A family of fungus with thousands of members, rust gradually grows on the leaves of your trees, undermining it and creating an unsightly, orangish appearance. Responding to fungus quickly is critical if you are to protect the health of your trees and the beauty of your yard.
In the battle to protect your yard from tree diseases 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.
This tree disease is a grave threat to your trees. Characterized by a variety of symptoms, Anthracnose spreads quickly and causes serious damage. Anthracnose is a fungus that thrives in moist, cool climates which is why it is so prevalent in Michigan.
So named for the part of the tree that it attacks, needle cast disease is common throughout the Midwest. Needle cast infects spruce tree needles, quickly spreading from tree to tree. The sooner you treat needle cast disease, the better chance your trees have.
A tree canker is an indicator that your tree is suffering from an infection. Cankers typically form around a fungal infection or bacterial infection. Cankers tend to ooze liquid and possibly develop a foul smell. Clearing up a tree canker will help restore a tree back to health.
Oak wilt is bad news for oak trees. This tree disease is caused by invading fungus that eats away at the tree from the inside. Oak wilt commonly affects both red and white oak trees. This tree disease should not be taken lightly because of how quickly it can kill an oak tree.
Fungal infections present an enormous risk to plants in your yard, and trees are no exception. No matter how strong and healthy your trees are, they’ll always be vulnerable to fungus, which can penetrate nearly every part of these organisms, spread through them, and deprive them of the nutrients they need to survive.
Diplodia tip blight is a very harmful disease that affects several species of pine, especially in the Michigan area. Learn more about this tree disease and how Safari Tree can help your trees fight back.
Thanks to our region’s cool, wet climate and heavily forested countryside, virtually all yards in Michigan are vulnerable to these diseases. Even if you have never noticed them on your trees before, spores can blow them onto your property from miles away with little or no notice. Thus if you want to keep your trees in good condition, you must come up with a plan to prevent and manage these diseases.
Safari Tree is committed to eliminating every manner of tree disease quickly and comprehensively. We invest heavily in proactive care, preventing tree diseases from ever arising through:
In addition to preventing illness through our Tree Care Program, our team can eliminate established tree diseases as soon as you report them. We invest in a range of fungicides and other products that eliminate infections and will assess your trees in detail and determine which specific products they need to recover. We then apply those products as many times as necessary to stop the disease. We will also advise you on how best to water and prune your trees, clear away debris, and otherwise address the conditions that cause tree diseases to spread. Don’t leave your trees exposed to fungus, bacteria, and other serious plant diseases in Southeast Michigan. For more information on our tree disease treatment and prevention services or to obtain a free estimate for your yard, contact Safari Tree today.