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Pests and diseases can harm your trees and cause them to lose their vibrancy and lushness. That’s why it is so important to hire an experienced arborist from Hamlin Tree Care, Inc to make sure your trees are healthy all year long.

Proper tree care requires frequent inspection over the course of a tree’s lifetime. A professional arborist can help you spot any sign of invasive pests or diseases that are harming your tree and preventing it from thriving on your property. Detecting and treating diseases and pests early is essential to your tree’s future. While natural trees are also subject to diseases, trees planted on private and commercial property have a higher risk of damage due to a number of factors, such as soil quality and environmental stresses that come with a bustling city.

Without proper background, knowledge, and experience, it can be almost impossible to identify the risks that could threaten your tree’s livelihood. That’s why it’s important to work with a skilled risk assessment specialist. At Hamlin Tree Care, Inc, our Austin tree pest and disease specialists know how to find the best course of action to treat your tree’s disease or pest infestation so that it can thrive for years to come. To learn more about how we can work with you to keep your trees healthy, contact us today by calling (512) 484-0252.

Common Diseases in the Austin Area

Every climate and every area of the state presents trees with its own set of challenges and risks. Planting and cultivating a healthy tree requires attention and care long after you put the tree in the ground. And along with watering and fertilization, regular risk assessments are vital for healthy and long-lasting trees. One way you can immediately improve your tree’s quality of life and ensure its health is to familiarize yourself with common diseases and pests found in the Austin area.

Fire Blight

This bacterial disease affects some trees, including apple, quince, loquat, and photinia, and it results in foliage and blooms that quickly blacken and become dry. Be on the lookout for warning signs like shoot tips that bend into a shepherd’s hook, branch cankers, and black twigs. If you begin seeing any of these on your tree, you can prune the twigs four inches below the cankers, making sure to clean pruning equipment between each cut to not spread the disease. You should then call an arborist specialist who can help you fully expunge your tree of this bacterial disease.

Oak Wilt

In order to grow and thrive, trees suck water up from the ground, through the trunk, and out to the branches. Oak wilt is a fungus that blocks the tree’s water-conducting vessels, significantly reducing the amount of water moving up the trunk of the tree and causing leaves to wilt and fall off. This disease impacts all types of oak trees, including live oak, Spanish oak, and Texas red oak. Oak wilt is typically caused by beetles feeding on wounds in the tree and can spread through interconnected roots all over the tree. If you notice any cuts or damage to your tree, seal them immediately with pruning paint and keep your pruning tools sterilized to prevent further spreading.

Cotton Root Rot and Root Rot

This fungal disease attacks a tree’s roots and is common in Austin because of the high summer temperatures. Signs of cotton root rot usually show up in July and August and can be hard to treat once symptoms are visible. To prevent cotton root rot, use mulch to keep the soil cool during the summer months.

Root rot is another disease caused by a different fungus. And while hot weather causes cotton root rot, root rot can occur from overwatering and poor drainage.

Common Pests in Austin

Along with bacterial diseases, trees are also at risk of damage and death caused by pest infestation. Infestations mostly include insects, and they can be as destructive as diseases if not spotted and treated. Insects can feast on a tree’s leaves, branches, and bark, leaving it damaged and sickened. There are different types of insects that damage trees, including the following:

  • Stipplers: Insects that feed on leaves, causing them to fall off. Common stipplers include lace bugs and spider mites.
  • Suckers: Smaller insects that attack the twigs and leaves of hackberry, elm, crape myrtles, and pecan trees. They leave behind a sooty mold underneath the tree.
  • Chewers: These include bagworms, tent caterpillars, fall webworms, and juniper budworms. Fortunately, tree owners can typically see these insects and take action to remove them.
  • Borers: These insects leave small holes in the trunk that cause tip dieback and ultimately tree death. Common examples are cottonwood borer, redheaded ash borer, gum bumelia borer, and emerald ash borer.

Other pests that threaten a tree’s life include sapsucker birds that drill holes in trunks, squirrels that chew on branches, and even mistletoe that can weaken a tree’s branches and be poisonous to humans.

Contact Us Today

Spotting and treating diseases and pests can be a difficult job without the proper training and equipment. To schedule a risk assessment with one of our professional arborists, or to learn more about caring for your tree, contact Hamlin Tree Care, Inc today by calling (512) 484-0252.

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