What Are the Causes of Tree and Plant Diseases?

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What Are the Causes of Tree and Plant Diseases? | The Experienced GardenerFor some people, gardening is a means of relaxation and even joy. The sense of accomplishment you get when you see some tomatoes you planted come in – that’s a pretty rewarding feeling. And it can only be rivaled by the utter devastation you feel when that plant becomes diseased.

Yes, even plants get sick. And unfortunately, it can happen pretty easily around these parts. If you haven’t heard, California’s Central Valley is an agricultural powerhouse. And with all that plant life around, there are also plenty of pests and plants diseases that you need to be wary of.

  • What causes tree and plant diseases?

There are a few ways this can occur, but sometimes it’s just bad luck. Normally, we can blame a pest for diseases. There are countless little insects and bugs that could harm your tree, but there’s no way to know if you’ll encounter one. That’s where the bad luck comes in.

And if it’s not pests, then usually it’s a fungus that causes tree disease. This is just as problematic, because you don’t even need to have fungi on your own lawn to end up with disease. Fungi spores can actually travel long distances, so your plants could get infected from someone else’s trees. Doesn’t seem very fair, does it?

Well, chemicals are the easiest and fastest way to start the process. The decision to use pesticides is one that every gardener will make for themselves, but they are fairly effective. If you prefer not to use pesticides, there are many natural formulations online for organic pest control sprays (you can find some here).

To protect from fungi, it’s recommended that you plant varieties that are naturally resistant to fungus. Additionally, you can purchase fungicide and apply it to your trees – there are both synthetic and organic formulations available on the market.

  • What happens if plant becomes infected?

For many plants and trees, simply removing the infected portion might be enough. In fact, it’s recommended that you do this immediately, to prevent the infection from spreading. If you notice dying branches or leaves that are changing colors without explanation, that’s usually a sign of disease.

But if the infection has spread throughout the plant, or you simply aren’t sure what to do, then contact us immediately. We may not be able to save your tree, but we’ll ensure your lawn is disease-free soon enough.

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