IWhy do I need a tree inspection?
Tree inspections are a vital part of tree health and help the owner determine the right steps towards helping their trees recover.
From organic and natural treatments to pruning and cutting down the affected plants, our Cranberry Tree Service Specialist can diagnose and help you take a plan of action to protect your plants and landscape from further damages.
Catching disease, infection and pests early on is critical to be able to ward off further damage or possible death of the tree or shrub.
Here are some things that our professional tree service can monitor and identify for you:
1. Leaf Health - Leaves of trees can often tell us some tell tale signs of what may be going on in the vascular system of the plant or if there are any damaging pests attacking your ornamental tree or your yard tree.
Some items to consider about leaves are:
-Are they clear? We are looking for all green and perfect leaves for the optimal health.
-Are the chloroplasts working properly? Although leaves are meant to be sacrificed and replaced, seeing damage to they plant systems through color or lack of production can indicate many issues.
- Do they have any fungal disease? We look for strange growths on the top and bottom of the leaves as well as inspecting the advantageous buds and petioles.
- Insect damage? Are their holes and scrapings from insects and their larvae? We look for insect droppings as well.
-Viral or Bacterial Disease? Do the leaves appear to be working correctly? Are there any signs of infection?
-Physical Damage? This can easily be caused by Winter Burn or Sun Scorch. Both of these problems are caused from improper planting and/or protection during the corresponding seasons.
-Are they damaged from incorrect application of fertilizer or other soil or surface additive? Are the leaves showing signs of browning or lack of vascular movement?
Many people are amazed at the many ailments that can affect a tree and most are unaware of the health of their trees until it is possibly too late.
It is crucial to give your trees a healthy tree inspection and review once a season to make sure they are fairing the weather appropriately and hopefully without any issues.
Catching ailments early on increases the chances of saving the specimen.
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2.Branch and Bark Inspection - Most people overlook the importance of protecting and keeping a healthy bark on a tree.
The bark is much like our own skin, it protects us from weather and outside bacterial, pest and viral invasions.
Here are just some of the damage we scan for when looking at bark and branch health:
-Woodpecker damage-Although these beautiful and intriguing birds are amazing to watch, they can wreak havoc on trees by causing severe damage that opens the internal part of a tree up and acts as an open wound a prime place for infection and pests to enter the organism.
-Wood borers- These coleopterans are relentless and are credited for almost completely demolishing an entire tree species throughout North America. This insect lays it's eggs in the bark and the larvae work away at eating and destroying the cambian of the tree. When the cambian is harmed, the vascular system of a tree will slowly deplete until it causes tree death. The next time you see one of these "cute" little guys climbing on your trees, run quick and call us so we can help you keep these murderers at bay.
Call 724-270-3009 to access our Cranberry Tree Inspectors and let us evaluate your landscape and help rid it of problem insects such as the borers.
-Lichens Often confused with mold this symbiotic mix of algae and fungi are a pleasant environmental indicator of air quality and are welcome by arborists and trees alike! You will notice that they are more vibrantly colored when the air is more humid and cool. Lichens are not harmful to trees nor shrubs and enhance the coloring within a landscape.
-Shelf fungi- Seeing these organisms is never a happy site for a tree professional. These are indicator organisms that feed off of decaying wood matter and are a sign that the tree that houses them is rotted within. It's prime time to call Cranberry Tree Service for proper removal of this infected, decaying tree.
-Scale insects - These Coccoidaens suck the sap out of plants like vampires do to humans. Affecting the outer bark growth and opening the plant up to infections.
-Outer bark disease - Caused by a fungus this unattractive black knotting indicates canker sores. Leaving open wounds that resemble boils and drip sap, these can attract unwanted pests and bacteria and eventually cause tree death.
-Other indicators - Insect excrement left over causing mold to grow, wasps imbedding in the branch, improper pruning, strangling, girtling - caused by cords with a tree overgrowing it. It will cause problems with vascular movement which means the plant is not as efficient at transporting water through cohesion through it's entire system.
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3. Root Health - Often overlooked and sometimes overestimated, knowing the health of your plants below ground can give you great clues about the health and future of your tree.
We asses the following when looking at roots:
-Root Exposure. Are the roots above the ground?
-Appropriate terrain. Is the plant in the appropriate setting for optimal growth and reproduction?
-Bound Roots - Is the soil appropriately giving for the roots to venture out of their soil ball after being planted? Bound roots eventually can cause rotting and low growth due to not being able to expand and grow above or below surface.
-Root rot - Frequently caused by excessive moisture or improper planting, root rot is generally caused by a fungal disease after the roots do not get enough exposure to air and are frequently logged in water.
-Insect damage- Weevil larvae are notorious for attacking this site. They will relentlessly feed on the inner makings of roots. As a double whammy, the adult version of these larvae then attack the leaves of the plant that was just destroyed underground from their younger stages. They devour at an impressive speed but they can be stopped fairly easily if you are tuned in to knowing the signs and symptoms of plants that house this little devil. Not catching this type of damage upfront will result in plant death. Our tree professionals know the signs do you?
-Diseases - There are several types of ailments that can attack a tree, such as several different types of fungal disease. Most fungal problems that lie within a trees vascular system almost always start and propagate from the root system.
-Improper Planting - Something so simple can kill your investment, such as not unwrapping the root ball or leaving the tree in a basket. Frequently seen and often misunderstood, plants can not survive being bound by their commercial containers they travel in.
Any an all of the mentioned reasons can cause maintenance and repair problems on your homestead. From falling on your house to constantly littering your yard with tree debris, the health of your tree can improve and decrease the severity of these annoyances.
Get the health of your landscape under control today. Schedule a time with out plant specialists. Call now at 724-270-3009