Simply put, the winter can put a real beating on trees and as such, many may become weak and vulnerable to a number of issues. But don’t stress out. As long as you’re proactive, you can make sure your trees remain strong through their peak growing seasons.
Below, we’ll answer a few common questions about pests and diseases you should be on the look out for this spring:
If your tree’s leaves are beginning to brown over early in the budding process, you could be dealing with a fungal disease. In particular – one called ‘anthracnose’ – characterized by the brown dots and yellow blotches that tend to accompany the infection. Diseases like anthracnose thrive in the cool, wet weather and if you’re encountering these symptoms, chances are that it’s probably a fungus.
Why are the leaves on my tree sticky?
Aphids are a kind of pest that loves to feed on the sap found in trees, leaves and stems. Once they get done feeding, they tend to leave behind what we call ‘honeydew.’ – a sticky, sugary syrupy substance that not only can eat away at a tree’s leaves, but also lead to a potential fungal infection. The kind of aphid you’re dealing with is largely dependent on what region of the country you happen to be living – and even more specifically than that – the kind of treatment you pursue is almost entirely dependent on the species of tree. When it comes to Aphids though, you’ll want to seek out the help of a pro.
What are some other common pests to be on guard for this spring?
Of all the pests you’ll have to guard against the most, Scale Insects present perhaps the greatest threat. Aside from the mold they leave behind, they multiply quickly and cause a lot of damage in an extremely short period of time. The best time to get ahead of scale insects is actually right now (mid to late winter). Applying dormant oil can go a long ways towards to preventing a lot of the issues these pests will present.
Of course, if you don’t see an improvement in any of the above issues with basic treatment, then it’s time to give pros like us a call ASAP!