Spring has sprung, summer is almost here, and our trees are lush with new growth. However, there are a few little things that may be bugging you.... or actually, bugging your trees.
If your tree is infested with borers, or bark beetles how can you tell? Dead, or dying branches can be an easily recognized sign, which may be indicated by sparse, or stunted leaves. You may also notice small emergence holes in the trunk, raised bark from larval tunnels, a dead or degraded phloem-cambial layer (fancy words for beneath the bark), or piles of boring dust (not mind-numbing or tedious dust, but the result of digging a hole kind of dust)... but what should you do?
Prune away, and properly dispose of the affected limbs. Though if the trunk is showing extensive signs of damage, the entire tree may need to be removed. This will help to reduce further decline in the tree's health, as well as keep the infestation from spreading to nearby healthy trees.
That being said.... Do not prune during the adult beetles' flight season. You don't want to provide them with an all-you-can-eat buffet.
How can you prevent future attacks?
Reduce tree stress. Does this mean play soothing music and practice deep breathing exercises with your tree? Not quite, but ensuring that a tree is well hydrated, as well as avoiding injury to the tree's roots and trunk will assist in keeping the tree's stress level to a minimum, and be a less inviting host for pesky little bugs.
After all, the idea is to keep these bugs away from your trees in the first place.
Trees are an important asset to our homes, our cities, and our environment. They offer us beauty, oxygen, shelter, and shade.
But when trees, or their branches fall, they can become a liability. Trees can cause injury and damage, and taking care of our trees is essential. Proper maintenance will minimize hazards, ensuring the safety of your property and prolonging the life of your trees.
Having your trees evaluated by a professional will help you to identify hazards and minimize the risk they may present so that the proper steps can be taken to reduce these risks.
There are some things you may want to look for when faced with deciding whether to call a professional.
-Does the tree have any visible rotten wood or cavities?
- Have branches fallen from the tree?
-Does the tree have any splits or cracks in the trunk or branches?
-Are there many branches arising from the same point on the tree?
- Have the roots been damaged due to a change in the environment surrounding the tree?
-Have any nearby trees fallen or recently died?
If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, or if you are unsure and would like to have your tree evaluated, please contact us for a free estimate.