Unfortunately, trees are often susceptible to pests and diseases, and because of the agriculture business in the Valley, there are plenty of pests throughout the area. If you want to keep your trees healthy, you’ll need to protect them from bugs, critters and sickness.
Here are four tree care tips to avoid tree disease:
Repelling insects is a critical first step
Long before they had houses to infiltrate, bugs had already gotten used to living on and near plant life. Therefore, they’ll feel right at home on one of your trees.
However, you don’t have to worry about common house pests like ants on trees – they cause little, if any, damage. You need to worry about wilder, rarer pests like whiteflies, aphids and scales. These insects will feed on your trees, and some (like the whitefly) will even infect the tree itself. Inspect your trees for signs of these critters, and if you discover any, you should spray wash the tree with pressurized water, or use pesticides. Some bugs (like scales) are big enough to notice and pick off by hand, although you’ll want to use gloves.
Always look for the warning signs
According to some experts, trees can take up to two whole years to show drought damage; how long do you think they can be infected with disease before you know it? That’s why it’s vitally important to check for warning signs. For instance, if your tree branches or leaves are growing smaller than normal, or if the leaves have browning near their veins, that’s a dead giveaway for disease.
Remove dying trees immediately
Once you’ve noticed that a tree is dying, you should cut it down and remove it from the property. Tree roots spread out wide, and an infected tree could affect the other trees in the yard. And 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
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and prevention takes place in the form of treatment here. There are various products you can treat your tree with, which will keep it safe from infection or help curb pest problems. 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.