Caring For Your Trees: What To Do

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Caring For Your Trees-What To Do  | The Experienced Gardener

Trees can easily become vulnerable to pests and diseases. Especially if you live in the Valley, since there are plenty of pests throughout the area. If you want to keep your trees healthy, you’ll need to protect them from pests and disease.

Here are four things you should be doing to protect your trees:

Getting rid of insects is an essential first step

Bugs will quickly overtake your trees and shrubbery if left to their own devices. Therefore, they’ll feel right at home on one of your trees.

However, you don’t need to be worried about common house pests like ants on trees – they cause almost no issues for them. The bugs you need to worry more about are wilder, rarer pests like whiteflies, aphids and scales. These bugs will feed on your trees, and some might even give the tree itself diseases. Inspect your trees carefully for signs of these bugs. If you spot any, you should spray down the entire tree with pressurized water, or use chemical pesticides. Some bugs are large enough to spot and pick off by hand. Just make sure to use gloves.

Always check for the negative symptoms

Some experts say that trees can take up to two whole years to show drought damage. Because this disease can be a silent killer, it’s incredibly important to check for warning signs often, so that you can stop it in it’s tracks quickly. For example, if your tree branches or leaves are growing smaller than normal, or if the leaves have browning near their veins, it might have contracted a disease.

Remove dying trees immediately

Once you’ve noticed that a tree is dying, you should remove it from the yard right away. Tree roots spread out wide, so an infected tree could start affecting the other trees in the yard. Just remember that even though you’ve just noticed the problem, you don’t know how long the tree has had the disease.

Treat every tree in the yard

There are various products on the market that you can use to treat your tree, which will keep it safe from disease or help keep pest problems to a minimum. Products such as fungicide, which will prevent fungus from growing on the tree. Since fungus is one of the most common sources of tree disease (next to pests), this will halt fungal infections. Or if you’re worried about pest issues, a pesticide will keep your tree bug-free.


If you’re overwhelmed with problems in your yard, or just want to make sure you get things done right the first time, you can always hire a professional to help. There are so many things a professional landscaper can assist you with, just call for a consultation and you’ll be able to go over your yard goals with them. They can even schedule consistent check ins to keep an expert eye on your trees to make sure they’re healthy.

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