Fungal diseases and pest infestation can cause for a perfectly healthy tree to become sick and even die. Knowing how to find the signs of pests diseases is very important in keeping your trees thriving, strong and healthy.
So how do you know if your trees are stressed and that they are infected by fungal diseases and insects? Here are some symptoms to look for:
· Grubs or caterpillars that goes through and eat on wood
· Discolouration on leaf or leaf loss
· Ripped leaf edges
· Blisters or spots on leaf
· Splits or cracks in the bark
These are mostly signs that your trees are infected by leaf-chewing beetles, termites and mites, and other damaging insects and even diseases. It is best to keep your trees in check since pests can infect both mature and immature foliage.
How to keep your trees healthy
Regular pruning. By regularly pruning your healthy trees, you are possibly avoiding insects and diseases to infect them. This will also stimulate healthy branches to grow and will encourage air circulation of the tree and can reduce the chances of fungal infection.
However, if pruning is not done right, this could also lead for the tree to get sick and even lead to its early death. To avoid this from happening, make sure to only have a certified arborist to aid your trees. They will be able to know if your trees need pruning and what branches they need to focus on.
Regular inspection. To avoid for your trees from getting sick, inspect your trees regularly. This will include the branches and leaves. If you find that your trees are in possible danger, contact an arborist right away.