Month: April 2020

Be On The Lookout For These Michigan Tree Diseases

As Michiganders, we take great pride in our trees. It’s no wonder people from other states flock to the mitten in the fall to witness the change of seasons. In our yards, trees are a promontory feature that help make our house feel like a home, which is why you should take tree diseases very seriously. Tree diseases are hard to spot and some can take years to begin to show symptoms but if they aren’t treated in time the entire tree could be lost. Check out this list of common and deadly tree diseases found in Michigan.tree cankers

Tree Cankers

Tree cankers are caused by a fungus that infects wounded or stressed trees. Symptoms include, oozing sap, discoloration, sunken areas. Keep your trees healthy and stress free to reduce the chances of tree cankers. If your trees have cankers, the infected areas should be pruned. Do not prune during wet or humid weather as this can spread the fungus to other branches or trees. Always sterilize your equipment after use.

Oak Wilt

Oak trees are known for their strength and durability but even mighty oaks are vulnerable to tree diseases. Oak wilt is caused by a fungus that hitches a ride on sap feeding beetles. These beetles are attracted to the sweet sap that leaks out of wounds in oak trees which is why it is vital that you prune only when the tree is dormant in early spring or late fall. Oak wilt is a fast moving lethal fungus that can kill a red oak in 4 to 6 weeks and white oaks in 1 to 6 months.Anthracnose on the leaves of a tree

Anthracnose

Anthracnose is one of the most common tree diseases in Michigan and can infect oak, maple, ash, sycamore, and many other species. The fungus creates dead spots on leaves that disrupts the photosynthesis process. This can lead to early defoliation which can stress the tree and make it vulnerable to other diseases. Anthracnose continues to spread each year and can severely damage or stunt the growth of the tree. Signs of anthracnose can be seen In the late fall and early spring as black bumps on leaves. Spores release and are dispersed by wind or rain to other branches and nearby trees.

 

Needle Cast

Another tree disease common in Michigan is the Rhizosphaera Needle Cast. Needle cast is a foliage disease that affects spruce trees. The blue spruce is not native to Michigan which makes it susceptible to diseases outside of their habitat. The most obvious symptom of needle cast is branch dieback. It begins in the inner lower branches and works its way out to the rest of the tree over the course of several years. As the disease progresses, the tree will look thinner and thinner each year until enough needles are lost and the tree eventually succumbs. To identify needle cast, look for lines of small black dots along the surface of the needles. Fungicides may be effective in controlling the disease but the best option is to remove all infected trees before it spreads.

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Protect Your Trees From Damaging Insects

Michigan is well known for its forests and wide variety of trees. As part of our landscapes, trees are the centerpieces. They not only add beauty and shade but they provide enjoyment for generations to come if they are cared for properly. Unfortunately, there are a host of tiny insects that can fell even the mightiest of oaks. 

 

In large numbers, insects can cause a lot of damage to your trees and in some cases, even kill them. It is vital as a homeowner to be on the lookout for any damage on your trees that are caused by pests. Only with early detection can you limit the damage done to your trees. Tent caterpillar

Tent Caterpillars

Everyone has seen those silk webs in the tops of trees. Sometimes trees can be completely covered in them. These are the webs of tent caterpillars. These aggressive caterpillars have an insatiable appetite for leaves and if there are enough of them, they can severely damage a tree and affect its growth. You can simply prune away the affected branches if they are within reach. For higher branches, call a professional arborist. No matter how tempting it may be, do not use fire to burn tent caterpillars. It will kill the branch and affect its growth.

Gypsy Moths

Gypst moths are the locusts of lower Michigan. The caterpillars can strip a tree of it’s foliage, making it vulnerable to pests and the diseases they carry. The gypsy moth population was brought under control in the 90s by the introduction of a fungus but in recent years the dry springs have prevented the fungus from spreading, giving gypsy moths a chance to make a comeback.Carpenter ants

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants, as their name suggests, love wood. They usually make their homes in trees and dead logs. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead they remove wood as they carve tunnels and galleries for their nests. Their primary food sources are living and dead insects. As they tunnel through dead parts of the tree they can damage wood that is already weak soft which can compromise the strength of large branches. Carpenter ants can be treated with simple pesticides applied to the base of the tree.

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer has been Michigan’s public enemy number one for many years. First noticed in 2002, this invasive species is responsible for the deaths of over 30 million ash trees in southwestern Michigan and has decimated the ash population in The United States. This is why the USDA has issued rules that ban the transportation of firewood across state lines. You can visit this website to see an interactive map of where the emerald ash borer has been detected.

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian longhorned beetles are a new threat in Michigan. They do not discriminate when it comes to feeding on trees. Adults are mostly active in later summer to early fall when they start to drill through trees to create chambers. Over the course of several years, the damage can become too much for the tree and it will defoliate and die. Asian longhorned beetles do not move long distances and are spread by the transport of firewood. The only sure-fire way to prevent these invasive pests from killing more trees is to remove infected trees and destroy the wood as soon as possible.

Your Tree Removal Service

Whether you are planting or removing you can trust your trees with PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care. We offer many tree services like planting, trimming, pruning, tree removal, and stump grinding. You can’t go wrong with tree care services from PPM.

Give us a call at (877) 454-8733 or request a quote here. Hear about the latest news and offers from PPM by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out the monthly PPM Tree blog for all your tree care tips and tricks

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