Disease in urban trees can be commonplace. Most disease outbreaks occur from a tree’s inability to resist infection by pathogens naturally present in the environment. This lowered resistance to disease often stems from environmental and cultural stressors that require the use of much of a tree’s energy.
Examples of stressors include drought, compacted soil with poor aeration, confined root zones, and mechanical damage to the roots or base of a tree. Just as the potentially long term effects of those stressors on a tree take a long to to become evident, the recovery time for that tree can also be long. Once their defenses are compromised, a healthy status may be very hard to regain. Urban trees are often faced with an array of these common stressors, and are therefore more susceptible disease outbreaks which can be devastating if not addressed quickly. Early diagnosis is key!
Our goal is to mitigate cultural and environmental stressors, before they become a problem, and to devise a Plant Health Care Plan to keep your trees healthy and vigorous.
Most Frequent Diseases that threaten landscape plants in Central Kentucky:
- Bacterial Leaf Scorch
- Phytophthora Bleeding Canker
- Powdery Mildew
- Ganoderma Root Rot
- Dutch Elm Disease