5 Tree Diseases To Look Out For | Tree Surgery Somerset
Looking after your trees at home is a must, otherwise, you might find you come home one day and they’ve fallen over – destroying your garden in the process! A big part of tree care is knowing the warning signs of the common pests and diseases that could affect their health… if you spot any of the following, call out Somerset tree surgery company Andrew Tabor Landscaping to see how we can help.
Acute oak decline
This affects oak trees, particularly in the Midlands, southern England (as far as Somerset) and East Anglia, first observed back in the 1980s. Symptoms include dark fluid coming from the cracks in the bark and the rapid decline of the tree. Look out for oak jewel beetles in the bark, as well as D-shaped exit holes.
Chalara ash dieback
This is a disease that affects ash trees and causes leaf loss, bark lesions, and crown dieback. Once your tree is infected, it’s typically fatal although some ash trees do seem to be able to resist infection.
Sweet chestnut blight
This is a plant disease that has caused serious epidemics in both North America and continental Europe. It’s usually fatal to sweet chestnut trees, but remember that it can also affect oak trees if they’re very close to heavily infected chestnuts. Symptoms include callusing, sunken cankers and pustules.
Dutch elm disease
This disease was first observed in Europe at the turn of the century, with a serious outbreak seen in the UK in the 1960s – with around 20 million elms out of a UK population of 30 million dying within ten years. Symptoms include twigs that look like shepherds’ crooks and purple or dark brown streaks in the wood when the bark is peeled back.
Red band needle blight
This has been found on numerous different conifer species, although pine is usually the most affected tree. Trees of any age can be affected, with symptoms first appearing at the base of the crown on older needles. Look for yellow and tan bands and spots on needles, which will turn red.
If you’re worried about the health of any of your trees and want a professional opinion on whether they’re sick and what to do about it, get in touch with us here at Andrew Tabor Landscaping today.