Warning Signs of Tree Disease and How To Prevent It


If you’re worried that your trees are deteriorating, then it may be time to get them checked by professionals. Here are warning signs that a tree might have a disease and how to prevent it.

Fungi Presence

Cedar Rust is one of the most common diseases found in cedar and apple trees. It affects almost every part of a tree including its fruits, leaves, and twigs. Cedar rust is a fungi infection for trees and its identifiable characteristic is its brown-colored galls that quickly grow gelatinous with orange spikes, especially after a rainfall.

The best way to prevent cedar and apple rust from spreading is to nip the gall before it spreads. It pays to inspect your trees for signs of fungi, like cedar rust, from time to time because it is easily identifiable. Once it spreads, fungicides will be your only solution to stopping it.

Weakening of Stems, Branches, and Discolored Leaves

Fungi diseases are quite common in trees and perhaps Anthracnose is the most common. It is especially found in Sycamores in the spring and in oak, maple, and dogwood during the wet season.

It’s a bit tricky to identify given that its symptoms vary from one species to another. But, if there’s a part of your tree that you should inspect then it should be the leaves. Look for black or brown-colored tissues on the surfaces of the leaves or along the veins.

If this disease is left uncontrolled then it might weaken the branches of your trees. That’s not only going to lead to deterioration but is also dangerous. Lucky for us, there’s time to act. This disease does not spread as fast as cedar rust and takes its time.

Proper and regular trimming or pruning is key in preventing its growth and spread. If it gets out of hand then the professionals can step in for some fungicide implementation.

Crumbling Tree Bark/Cracks in the Trunk

A weakened tree trunk or crumbling tree bark is a sign of advanced tree disease and may need a professional arborist’s intervention quickly. We’re afraid that there’s no DIY remedy to it and it’s potentially dangerous for your property and anyone living in the area.

Reduced Foliage

If your tree (except for in the winter season) has reduced foliage, i.e. is not producing the usual greenery or leaves, then it might be suffering from a disease. Trees also naturally shed leaves, so if a branch of your tree doesn’t, then it’s likely dead.

Getting the tree trimmed might be necessary, but in advanced cases, tree removal might be the only way to prevent any accidents from happening.

Get Much-Needed Professional Tree Care Help

For specialty tree service in York, PA, and tree service in Lancaster County, PA, contact Lewis Burns Tree Service. As you may have read, advanced tree diseases will need professional intervention.

If you want your trees saved and cared for effectively, then let us handle the job for you. Save your trees by taking good care of them regularly.