Austin Insect and Disease Management Professionals
Just like any other living creature, trees may face a multitude of health problems. These problems may result in your trees becoming sick or dying, if not properly treated. You may notice that your trees are sick if they begin to look unhealthy: loss of leaves and pigment, increase in rot and other growths, and many other abnormal appearances are all symptoms of a health problem. Another symptom of sickness may involve your trees becoming weak and unstable, which can lead to serious safety concerns for you and your property. When you have spent a great amount of time and money on your trees, it is important that you do not lose this investment, especially to common health problems that could be easily prevented. While there is a multitude of possible health concerns that your tree could face, the most common ones are caused by a wide variety of pests and diseases. These health problems may be difficult to diagnose on your own and often require the experience of a certified tree care specialist.
When you have spent a great amount of time and money on your trees, it is important that you do not lose this investment, especially to common health problems that could be easily prevented. While there is a multitude of possible health concerns that your tree could face, the most common ones are caused by a wide variety of pests and diseases. These health problems may be difficult to diagnose on your own and often require the expertise of a professional arborist to identify and plan an appropriate course of action. Proper tree health management is an essential part of ensuring that your trees look their best and live a long life.
If you are concerned about your trees, an insect and disease management professional at Hamlin Tree Care, Inc can help you determine the right course of action. We are prepared to help you treat trees that are suffering from sickness and pests as well as work with you to prevent further damage.
Tree Pest Removal
Pests are any living creatures that threaten the life and health of your tree. In any natural habitat, trees encounter a number of animals, bugs, and parasites at all times. In some cases, these organisms are beneficial to the tree and can be an essential part of the tree’s environment. However, a tree may become sick or damaged by these creatures when there is an over-infestation or if parasitic organisms enter the environment. If your tree is suffering due to pests, you may notice a loss of leaves or discoloration, damage to the trunk or branches, and loss of flowers or fruit. A Hamlin Tree Care, Inc arborist can help you quickly identify the type of pest which has infested your tree and prevent them from causing further damage.
Common Texas Tree Pests
Although there are many reasons a tree may be suffering from pests, a tree that is under stress may be more likely to become sick or die when under an attack. Trees planted in cities, such as Austin, undergo significant amounts of stress because of limited growing space, construction, pollution, and excessive heat. In this environment, a tree may be unable to fight pests on its own and will require skilled intervention to prevent permanent damage.
In central Texas, trees typically suffer from several categories of pests, including:
- Stipplers: insects which cause tree leaves to look bleached or stippled
- Suckers: small insects living on leaves and removing nutrients
- Chewers: insects which eat and destroy leaves
- Gall makers: insects which cause abnormal bumps on leaves or branches
- Borers: insects which make holes in branches or the trunk of the tree
- Animals: certain animals may feed off of tree roots and branches
- Other Plants: plants may also become parasitic attachments to you tree
If you notice unusual changes in your tree’s appearance, this may indicate that it is suffering from pest damage. It is important to manage pest infestations early in order to protect your tree’s overall health.
Tree diseases, much like a human disease, are microscopic spores and growths which can multiply and attack your tree. These diseases may be caused by fungi and bacteria as well as environmental stress and air pollution. They may affect any part of the tree, including the leaves, branches, trunk, roots, or the entire tree, in the worst cases. Diseases often have different effects on the tree depending on the type of disease, but some of the common symptoms include scabbing or blistering on the leaves, defoliation, and tree rot. In order to properly treat a tree disease, it is important to have the proper diagnosis. Many tree diseases may look similar but require different treatment to fully cure. A Hamlin Tree Care, Inc arborist is prepared to diagnose a wide variety of diseases and help your tree return to its natural healthy state.
If you have noticed discoloration, leaf loss, or other damage on a tree on your property, a trained tree professional at Hamlin Tree Care, Inc can help you determine if your tree is suffering from a disease. With years of arboreal experience, our team is skilled at identifying and treating the wide variety of tree diseases you may face.
Common Texas Tree Diseases
Due to diseases’ invasive nature, trees often have difficulty fighting off an infection on their own and may quickly become sick or die if uncared for. An infection from a disease may prevent your tree from receiving nutrients, absorbing water, or continuing to grow. In the central Texas climate, the most prevalent tree diseases are caused by:
- Fungus: a wide variety of fungi may feed on your tree
- Bacteria: may infect your tree and restrict water flow to the roots as well as cause tree bark and leaves to die
- Viruses: diseases caused by a virus enter the tree through wounds or other openings and typically include symptoms that appear similar to mineral deficiency or drought damage
Tree diseases are often difficult to diagnose, as they may present with different symptoms depending on the type and age of the tree. A tree disease specialist is often the best resource to use in order to understand the kind of disease your tree is facing.
Contact an Austin Insect and Tree Disease Professional
The ISA certified arborists at Hamlin Tree Care, Inc are prepared to help you create an appropriate treatment plan to save your tree from diseases or pests. We understand the importance of keeping your trees looking their best, and we will work quickly and effectively to help your tree become healthy again. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (512) 484-0252 today.