Ants Infesting TreeIf you’ve found yourself having to remove multiple dead trees from your property, you may want to investigate the cause of the deaths. Keeping your trees healthy isn’t too hard, but sometimes there are outside factors beyond your control. If you need help keeping your trees healthy or removing dead or diseased trees, contact us at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts today.

Common Diseases

Just like people, trees can contract deadly diseases. There are approximately 20 common tree diseases in the U.S. that are spread by fungus spores, insects or bacterial conditions. While difficult to detect, diseases affect the roots, trunk, bark, branches or leaves of trees. Spots on leaves can be a sign of Anthracnose Disease; discoloration around the base can be a sign of Armillaria Root Rot, and brown pine needles can be a sign of Brown Spot Blight. Check out this helpful guide on tree diseases for more information.

Environmental Causes

Trees thrive or die depending on their environment. When environments change, trees can easily become sick. Drought, poor drainage, bad soil, air pollution and extreme temperature changes can all have adverse effects on healthy trees. When planting, consider whether the tree is able to withstand the environmental conditions of the area.

Natural Disasters

Trees posses a natural resistance against natural disasters. Many trees can survive the damages caused by flood, fire, wind or ice, but they are more likely to become sick in the weeks after when diseases or insects take over while the tree is in a weakened state.

Root Rot

Root rot (Phytophthora cinnamomi) can happen to trees planted in soils with heavy concentrations of clay. These heavy clay soils tend to hold a lot of moisture, which can be detrimental to your tree’s roots. When the soil holds a lot of water, it doesn’t have enough space for oxygen so your tree may suffocate. If you’re concerned about root rot, look for a slow deterioration of limbs, defoliation, or slowly wilting leaves that turn brown out of season.