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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

2 Tips To Keep Your Oak Trees Healthy

Joshua Mercier

Having a lot of trees in a yard not only looks great for landscaping purposes but also provides shade for you and your family, as well as your home. If you have a lot of oak trees, there are many things you can do to keep them healthy, two of which are listed below.  

Trim Trees 

One of the most important things you can do for your oak trees is to hire a tree trimming service when they become overgrown. Trimming the trees will keep them healthy, as well as keep them looking good. 

Tree trimming is important as it thins out the canopy. A tree can become top heavy which may cause it to lean, especially if the oak tree is younger and does not have a strong trunk. When the top becomes too thick, this can affect its health. Water gets trapped in the thick leaves, and sunlight cannot get through the leaves. 

Tree trimming also allows you to see if there are any problems with your oak trees. There may be branches that are twisted and need to be removed. If there are dead branches they could fall from the tree. During the tree trimming the service will remove all the dead branches. 

Learn About Oak Tree Diseases

It can be helpful to learn about common oak tree diseases so you can watch out for them. Some diseases are not harmful but there are some that can kill an oak tree and spread to other trees in your yard. 

A common disease is known as Armillaria root rot which starts at the roots under the ground. If your tree has this problem, the leaves will be much smaller once they start growing, the crown may die back, and you may see mushrooms growing at the base of your oak trees. If not taken care of, this disease will kill oak trees. If your tree does have this, you need to remove it as this disease will spread and infect other trees. Hire a tree arborist if you think your oak tree has this so they can determine if it can be treated. 

Another disease to watch for is oak leaf blister. This is a fungal disease that attacks leaves. It commonly happens during the rainy spring months. If your oak tree has this problem, you will see raised areas, which look much like blisters, on the leaf surfaces. The areas will be a yellowish color in the beginning but turn browner over time. Your tree may lose leaves much earlier than normal, such as in the summer instead of the fall. This disease does not kill oak trees but can make them weaker. A fungicide can be applied to the tree in the early spring to kill the fungus. 

The tree trimming contractor will know more about oak trees and the diseases they can have. 

For more info, contact a company like AC Horticultural Management Inc.