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Are These Five Common Plant Diseases Lurking in Your Yard – An Arborist in Augusta can Help!

The hot and humid summer weather snuck up quickly, and with vengeance! If you missed out on getting your property inspected for signs of trouble this spring, the good news is there is still plenty of time. With everyone spending so much time at home lately, make it a point to inspect your trees to see if they might be in jeopardy. Often, the things that we don’t take time to focus on can come back to haunt us. And if you haven’t taken a health inventory of your trees and shrubs, now is a perfect time! These are the five most common diseases that might be lurking – are they plaguing your trees? If you aren’t sure, it is a good idea to call an arborist in Augusta like Cambium Canopy for an evaluation!

Dogwood Anthracnose

One of the most common warning signs of Dogwood Anthracnose is telltale black, brown, and even reddish lesions on the leaves. Although it can vary in appearance from one tree to the next, it is still a disease that can cause irreparable damage to your cherished dogwood. The most important key to controlling this disease is timing. The sooner that we can diagnose it, the quicker we can treat it.

The most common symptom of Dogwood Anthracnose is discoloration of the foliage along with the appearance that the tree is wilting. Foliage will begin showing dark blotches in-between or along the length of the leaf vein. In severe cases, the tree will begin to defoliate and experience an earlier than normal leaf drop.

Phytophthora Root Rot

Although Phytophthora looks similar to a fungus, it is not. It is related to brown diatoms and algae, but it can grow on land without water. Technically, it is an organism that is considered a water mold, but it doesn’t need water to survive. Phytophthora root rot can appear  in ornamental trees, mature trees, and any shrub. This is one of the most common diseases we see in the landscape.

If a plant has a Phytophthora infection, the leaves will often appear stressed and dried out. It is common for the leaves to turn a dull green, red, purple or yellow, while wilting. Also, the tree bark at the soil line will have a darker appearance. To check for infection, please schedule your free consultation today!

Phytophthora Canker

Phytophthora Canker is an infection that kills the outer sapwood tissues and bark of a tree or shrub. The most common sign of infection is a darkening of the sap that comes from the bark cankers. 

The sap is a red-brown color that stains the outer bark of the tree. It does not work by causing decay of the wood itself, it consumes the sugars of the outer sapwood and cambium. Therefore, the biggest threat of a Phytophthora Canker infection is that it can provide a site for an infection for wood-rotting fungi to do a whole lot of damage. 

Seiridium Canker

Seiridium Canker is most common on Leyland Cypress and other species of cypress. The most common sign of infection is yellow to red-brown flagging (dead branches in the middle of healthy canopy) that will begin to appear on a seemingly healthy tree. When you look closer, you will often notice resin coming from the cankers themselves. The Cankers are typically located lower on the branch, closer to the trunk, and on the shoot tips.This is the most common cause for decline and death of Leyland Cypress.

Fungal Leaf Spot and Shothole Disease

We all love flowering cherry trees. They are a staple tree for this region of the United States. However they, along with many other trees are very susceptible to fungal leaf spot and shothole disease. Leaf spots typically begin as small specs on the surface of the leaf. Shothole disease looks like the leaf was shot with a shotgun. Small holes covering the surface of the leaf. Over time, the spots will turn red-brown, and eventually, they may appear to be gray. If left untreated, typically the leaves will begin to drop, and the tree will defoliate. 

The First Step to Health is to Contact an Arborist in Augusta

The good news is if you see signs of these common landscape diseases, they are treatable and can be successfully managed with the right care. Our Arborists are not only experts at spotting signs of tree disease but  we have the tools and knowledge to correctly diagnose and treat them.

Sometimes, however, it takes a keen eye to notice symptoms of a disease that might not be highly visible. That is why calling an Arborist in Augusta like Cambium Canopy is highly recommended to keep your landscape beautiful and disease free. Contact Cambium Canopy and Turf today for an evaluation of the health of your tree and shrubs.

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