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Top 5 Tree Diseases You May Find in Texas

Posted on April 9th, 2021

Top 5 Tree Diseases You May Find in Texas


As a homeowner, you need to keep up with your property. If you have trees on the property, they should be a part of your regular maintenance schedule as well so they can continue to thrive and offer your property all the benefits possible.

Here are the top 5 tree diseases you may find in Texas. It is important to understand the signs of each so you can take action right away to remedy the situation.

1. Soil Compaction

Soil compaction will be one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose, but it is also one of the most common causes of tree decline. Soil compaction occurs when there have been changes to the immediate area around the trees, like when heavy equipment makes its way through or landscaping changes. To help, an arborist can remedy the problem with air spading, deep root injections, and vertical mulching.

2. Chlorosis

Chlorosis is a condition in trees primarily caused by limestone found in the soil. The limestone contains elevated alkaline levels and can negatively affect the soil. When it comes to trees, it makes it hard to absorb iron, magnesium, and zinc.

When identifying this tree disease, you want to look for yellowing or what looks like bleaching on the leaves that should be green. In the beginning stages, the leaves may appear veiny or blotchy. The trees with this condition can survive when properly treated and maintained.

3. Fire Blight

Fire blight is considered a kind of bacterial disease and is usually more focused on apple and pear trees in Texas. When the blooms and foliage of your tree start to blacken quickly, then it may be a sign of fire blight.

The tips of the shoots will also begin bending, reminiscent of the shape of a candy cane. Once spring arrives, the bacterium will begin oozing from the infected trees and spread to other areas.

You can eradicate fire blight in some cases by pruning the twigs four inches under the visible cankers of the infected trees. However, you want to avoid over-pruning, or you could actually increase your risk.

4. Oak Wilt

This is another one of the more common tree diseases you may find in Texas. It can affect different types of oak trees. Watch for leave dropping or browning or the tree dying. The Oak Wilt can spread through the roots, so you need to have an experienced arborist come out and check your trees.

5. Hypoxylon Canker

Native trees are more susceptible to this disease. It is commonly found in oak, sycamore, elm, and pecan trees. It can kill your trees very quickly and can cause the crown of your tree to thin rapidly. This disease is more prevalent during times of drought when the trees are at their weakest. You will begin to notice the bark starting to fall off the trunk and branches of the tree and find darker colored spores.

If you have noticed any of these signs on any trees you have, you want to contact an experienced tree service company to come out and inspect your trees, analyze the situation, and come up with a solution.

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