Tree Removal: 7 Signs You Have A Diseased Tree

You’ve probably never thought about the trees on your property getting diseases. If that’s the case, pay close attention because you might be in need of tree removal services.

Not only do unhealthy looking trees make the appearance of your property look bad, but they also can pose a threat to the health of the rest of your property. These health threats can extend from your property all the way to those living on it. It’s important that you keep an eye out and act on getting a tree removal expert if you catch the following signs of disease:

1) Leaf Rust

Upon further inspection of the tree, look through its leaves carefully. If you spot leaves with unique orange or red spotting, it’s very possible you’re looking at a tree with leaf rust.

2) Powdery Mildew

Apart from the discoloration that presents as leaf rust, there can be other discoloration on your leaves that mean something else. If you notice the leaves of your tree look dusty or white, the tree might be infested with powdery mildew. This is a fungal disease that tends to be more prevalent in greenhouse settings where humidity is low and the temperatures are moderate. 

3) Witch's Broom

If you’re unsure of what witch’s broom is, it looks like a collection of broom-like branches and twigs popping up in the middle of a tree branch. The witch’s broom itself is no harm to your tree, however, what caused it may require treating or even full tree removal.  These form from the stress brought on by disease or pests. 

4) Gall

A common sign of tree disease are Galls, or tumor-like growths, developing. If you have an older tree, look out for Galls on its trunk and branches. They can be caused by mites, insects, nematodes, bacteria or fungi.

5) Canker

Unlike powdery mildew which is spotted on a tree’s leaves, you can spot the whitish growth of canker on the trunks of trees. These are actually dead sections of bark on your tree that’ll need to be removed. 

6) Leaf Spot

This is another disease that involves the discoloration of your leaves. It presents itself as black spots and can be caused by either bacteria or fungi. 

7) Japanese Beetle

Common in states east of the Mississippi River, Japanese beetles can infest the trees on your property. Their diet includes the leaves on your trees.

If any of the last seven signs ring true for you, it’s highly recommended you call on an expert to begin the tree removal process to get your property back to a healthier state. A regularly scheduled Orlando tree service will help in the prevention of these and keep you from having to fully remove your trees in the future. Call J&J Tree Service to get started with your tree removal or preventative services today.