There is no better time to provide your trees with the best care than before the cold season ends. No matter how severe the winter season has become, it is crucial to give your tree the best maintenance efforts before they become dormant.
If you want to prevent disease and pest infestation among your trees, the best time to do it is by the end of winter. Keep reading to learn how to identify signs of diseases and infestations and their treatment.
Spring Tree Fungal Diseases
Blight and anthracnose are two of the most common disease-causing fungi that can spread quickly among trees. Before spring finally comes, check for the following symptoms and take note of how you can protect your plants from these diseases.
Blight- This is a fungal infection that causes the leaves and stems of the plant to turn black. It is crucial to check for signs of this fungal disease season after season because it can quickly kill your trees.
Anthracnose– Weakened deciduous trees become vulnerable to anthracnose. These fungi cause discoloration of the leaves and the complete decline of the tree’s health. You can help prevent the spread of this disease by spraying fungicide when the temperature starts to increase.
Fungal Treatment Tips
You should treat your trees with a fungicide once you determine that it’s infested with fungal diseases. You can follow through by treating the infected areas with an insecticide. This will help prevent the fungi from spreading. Once the bugs or the carriers are killed, it will naturally stop the spread of fungi.
Prune the areas of your trees that are affected by the disease in their dormant season. Dispose of the branches and the leaves properly.
Aphid, Scale, Beetle and Other Insect Infestations
It’s is possible to prevent insect infestation through proper maintenance. Trees should be regularly inspected and pruned to avoid the worst-case scenario. However, sometimes, infestation still persists, and the aphids, beetles, and scales are the common carriers.
Aphids come in a variety of colors from yellow, green, red, brown, or black. These insects have pear-shaped bodies and their tube-like backs. Most of the aphid species secrete a white substance, which will give the leaves a wax-like appearance.
Some adult aphids have wings that allow them to go to other places to look for new plants to feed on. It is critical to get them under control because of their destructive nature.
A colony of ants usually mingles with the aphids. Contrary to what most of us know, these ants don’t kill the aphids but are, in fact, nurturing them. One of the best ways to prevent aphids from completely infesting your tree is by stopping these ants before they reach the aphids.
If aphids infest your tree, you should immediately consult an arborist to help you with the best treatment options.
The Best Time to Perform Tree Care Efforts
Jim from Dinah Tree Service Boulder says the time when your trees are dormant in the late fall, and early winter is the best time to inspect your tree for any diseases and insect infestation. If you find out that your tree has been infested, be sure to give it the proper treatment it needs before things go out of hand.