The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care
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The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.


The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

Identifying Tree Diseases That Can Lead To Tree Death And Removal

Lynn Lee

Trees are essential for our environment, providing shade, oxygen, and beauty to our surroundings. However, just like humans, trees can also fall victim to various diseases that can threaten their health and ultimately lead to their demise. In some cases, the best course of action may be tree removal to prevent the spread of disease to other trees in the area. In this blog post, we will explore different tree diseases and the signs that indicate it may be time for removal.

Dutch Elm Disease

This is a fungal disease that causes wilting and yellowing of leaves, leaf drop, and ultimately death. One of the telltale signs of Dutch elm disease is the presence of brown streaks in the wood beneath the bark. If left untreated, Dutch elm disease can quickly spread throughout an entire elm tree population, making removal necessary to prevent further devastation.

Oak Wilt

This is another fungal disease targeting oak trees, particularly red oaks. Symptoms of oak wilt include wilting leaves that turn brown or bronze in color, leaf drop, and death of branches. As the disease progresses, affected trees may exhibit fungal mats under the bark. Due to the highly contagious nature of oak wilt, prompt removal of infected oak trees is crucial to preventing the spread of oak wilt to healthy trees.

Emerald Ash Borer

This invasive beetle species presents a grave danger to ash trees. Infestations of these beetles can lead to canopy dieback, thinning foliage, D-shaped exit holes in the bark, and increased woodpecker activity. Once an ash tree is infested with emerald ash borers, removal is often necessary to prevent further damage and protect nearby ash trees from infestation.

Pine Wilt Disease

Pine wilt disease is caused by a nematode that infects pine trees, leading to rapid decline and death of the tree. Symptoms of pine wilt disease include browning needles that fall off prematurely, wilting branches, and overall tree decline. Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for this disease, meaning that once a tree is infected, removal is the only viable option.

Being able to identify the signs of common tree diseases can help you take proactive measures to protect your trees and surrounding vegetation. While it's always preferable to save a diseased tree, there are instances where removal becomes necessary to prevent the further spread of disease and preserve the health of other trees in the area. 

Contact a company like Alaska Hydro Ax Land Clearing to learn more.