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Tree disease & insect MANAGEMENT

Trees, as with all products of nature, are affected by external forces like diseases and pests. Left unchecked, insects and tree diseases can transform your beautiful, robust tree into a liability.

A visit from an arborist can not only identify potential issues early and before they become more widespread. After diagnosing the problem, Daniel's Lawn & Tree LLC can recommend and provide treatment or management solutions to restore your plants to their former health.

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Common Tree Diseases

Unfortunately, while there are common tree diseases specific to Willowdale that can be prevented by homeowners on their own, sometimes a new insect or disease enters into the Willowdale, PA requiring examination by a certified arborist.

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A great majority of the trees in the Willowdale area are ash trees, leaving them vulnerable to multiple diseases, such as:

Anthracnose – A disease that presents as defoliation, twig death, and shoot dieback, but the signs of anthracnose can be easily confused or mistaken for frost damage, as brown areas on leaves and cankers on the trunk and major branches along with browning along the veins on the leaves. Ash Yellows – Mostly affecting white and green ash trees, Ash Yellows causes a general loss of fullness and vigor in the tree over the course of several years. Early signs of Ash Yellows include early yellowing and fall color, loss of leaves, and cankers on the trunk and branches. Verticullium Wilt – An infection that produces cankers and dieback.

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How to Identify Potential Diseases

Caused primarily by microorganisms or environmental stresses, it’s often difficult to spot exactly what’s wrong with a tree or shrub without diagnostic laboratory equipment. Thankfully, there are telltale signs that a plant will exhibit when it’s under duress. These include:

Color changes in the crown Galls, swelling, or knots on large branches and trunk Leaf or stem distortion Stimulated, sudden growth Abrupt reduction in growth Loss of leaves or stems Blight and dieback Wilting or collapsing branches Spots, lesions, or cankers Rotting and decay

These signs should be apparent to a property owner and any combination of them warrants a visit from a licensed arborist to ensure the plant receives the proper care and treatment in response to a disease or infestation.

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Common Insects

There are countless pests that do damage to trees and plants, but these are some of the most common troublemakers for ash trees in Willowdale, PA and the greater Pennsylvania region:

Emerald Ash Borer – One of the most severe pests in North America, these invasive beetle bores through wood, destroying a tree’s capacity to deliver nutrients to other parts of the tree. It’s killed millions of ash trees in the United States and arborists always look for signs of EAB when examining ash trees.

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Aphids – Soft-bodied insects that cause new leaves to curl and yellow, reproducing quickly and weakening trees by extracting juices and spreading viruses.

Spider Mites – Spider mites cause problems in the dead of summer, sucking sap from needles or leaves on junipers, arborvitae, spruce, and potentilla plants. Look for graying or pale needles and small webbing.

Spruce Budworm – A caterpillar that will eat new spruce needles, spruce budworms are easily confused with white pine weevils, which requires a different treatment method to prevent damage. These were recently discovered on Douglas fir trees in our national parks and sometimes spread to local and rural plants.

Tent Caterpillars – These are extremely harmful to the leaves of trees and should be removed from the plant while the insects are still contained.

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Other pests and mites include aspen borers, bronze birch borers, leaf miners, and windblown poplar budgall mites. To effectively combat the problems caused by insects and mites in your trees and to prevent their continued presence in your landscaping, a visit from a professional arborist is necessary.

Contact us today to save your tree’s: (302) 218-0173

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