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Common Tree Diseases That May Require Tree Removal

Posted on July 6th, 2020

Common Tree Diseases That May Require Tree Removal


If you have healthy trees, then you already know how much value they can add to your property. However, if you have sick trees on your property, then you may quickly find out that they pose a serious health risk for everyone. When it comes to unhealthy trees, tree removal may be needed.

Today, we will go over some of the more common tree diseases that may require tree removal. 

Leaf Rust

This condition is typically found on the leaves of the unhealthy trees but can also be found on the glumes and awns. The infected leaves will present with circular or oval orange-colored pustules on the upper surface of the leaves. The spores can then become easily dislodged and can cover hands, clothing, and everything else around it with orange dust. 

While the leaf rust won't kill the tree necessarily, it can still make the tree more susceptible to other problems, and it will have a very unsightly appearance. So, tree removal may be warranted.

Dutch Elm Disease

If you have any elm trees on your property, then you will want to keep a close eye on them and watch for symptoms relating to Dutch Elm disease. Some of these symptoms include the sudden death of branches in the crown, leaves that begin wilting and turn yellow, and brown streaks that begin appearing in the wood of the smaller branches.

This disease is spread from tree to tree by the elm bark beetle. You will typically start noticing these signs in early summer. The infected trees usually end up dying, so their removal becomes necessary.

Armillaria Root Rot

This tree disease is caused by a fungus and is sometimes also known as mushroom rot because it causes mushrooms to grow at the base of the tree and near roots on the surface of the ground. You may also notice thinning and yellow foliage and a more significant production of cones in conifers.

Cutting away some of the bark of the tree can tell you if the tree is infected. You will find mats of fungi under the bark if the tree is infected with Armillaria root rot. However, if you don't see any fungi, then this is a sign that it could be another similar disease known as Phytophthora root rot, which is not as serious. 

Reasons to Remove Diseased Trees

Removing diseased trees should be an easy decision to make. A diseased tree can attract pests that can then infect other trees. The disease then infects other trees and can cause damage. 

Even if you have trees that are growing dangerously close to other structures or the tree roots are encroaching on the foundation of your home, these are also good reasons to have the trees removed by a professional. 

If you have trees on your property that you feel need to be removed to protect the other trees and yourself, contact the experts at Tree Removal Service today to learn about your options and what can be done about the diseased trees on your property. 


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