How to Identify Diseased Trees That Need to Be Cut Down

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Large trees in your yard can provide shade and even help to increase your property's value. However, recognizing when to remove your trees is an important aspect of landscape care that also helps to prevent your trees from becoming hazards on your property. By learning more about the common diseases that affect most trees, you can prevent them from ending up in the roof of your home during a bad storm after being weakened by disease.

Different Types of Cankers Disease

Cankers disease can show up in several types of trees. Cankers can be identified by the formation of small, orange-colored fungal bumps inside or around the edge of areas of noticeable cracked bark. You may also notice these small fungal bumps forming on areas that appear as layers of calloused bark. Because there are no treatments available for killing these types of fungi, you are limited in your options if you want to keep a tree with cankers. If you only see the fungi and cracked or calloused bark on branches, cutting off the branches up to the healthy part of tree can be the only way to save the whole tree. If the fungi are present on the trunk, your best option is to have the tree completely removed.

Tree Mushrooms and Damaging Fungi

If you see fungal growth resembling mushrooms growing along the trunk of a tree in your yard, that tree could be in trouble and need to be removed. If these fungi remain on a healthy tree undetected, they will deplete its nutrient supply. Fungi will only eat the cells located in the healthy parts of the tree, which is why a tree can quickly succumb to it and become dangerously weak as well. If you find any type of mushroom or similar fungal growth on a tree in your yard, having it removed is a good idea for preventing it falling on its own.

Heart Rot Disease

The occurrence of heart rot disease is one of the best reasons to care for trees right away if they have been damaged by storms, animals or other external objects that are able to wound the tree. An open wound in a tree is the perfect place for heart rot to begin, as is the case with many other fungi-related tree diseases. If you have noticed fungal growth on a tree in your yard that is shelf-like in its appearance, you may be looking at the first indicator that tree is a victim of heart rot. Heart rot attacks the center of the tree's trunk, rotting it out and causing it to be serious safety hazard. If you have any trees suffering from heart rot, the best thing to do is have them removed to prevent damages or injury if one becomes structurally compromised enough to fall over.

Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape and many of them grow into large, majestic wonders of nature. However, taking the time to recognize different tree diseases may keep your tree from becoming a hazard. If you need a tree removed, consider contacting a local specialist, such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc.

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30 November 2015

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