When the weather starts to get warm and the trees grow back their leaves, you will be able to identify those trees that have a disease. These trees pose several potential problems, which range from spreading the disease to other trees or potentially falling down. As a homeowner, you want to know what signs help identify a diseased tree so that you can take appropriate action.

Not Growing Leaves

Do you have a tree that is not growing leaves this season or growing fewer leaves than the surrounding trees that are the same type? This is a problem that may not be obvious at first, especially during the first couple years of having a disease. The tree may be losing leaves in its crown, which isn't immediately obvious. As time goes on, you'll notice those thinned out branches and a crown that is not lacking leaves.

Early Color Changes

The leaves on trees tend to change color at the same time each season. If you have a tree with leaves that are changing color earlier than normal, it's very possible that the tree has a disease. Compare the tree's leaves to similar trees around it as a sure indication of premature color change.

Fungal Growth

Take a look at the truck of your trees and see if there are any mushrooms growing on the trees trunk. This is not a good sign, since it means that the tree is decaying in the trunk to cause this growth. The tree has a weaker defense against diseases if mushrooms are present, and those diseases will continue to spread and eventually kill the tree.

Tree Cankers

A tree canker can have a similar resemblance to a canker sore on the inside of your lip. A surface that was once smooth will not have an odd indentation in the middle of it. This is a sign of disease, but could also be caused by pests. It's a good reason to have an arborist look at the tree and determine if it's disease-related or just damage that will not harm the tree.

Extreme Leaning

Trees are not perfectly straight, but it is possible that one has developed a lean over time. This happens due to the roots of the tree having a disease and not holding the tree firmly into the ground.

If you see these signs of disease, consider having a local tree service come and remove the tree before it causes more problems on your property. Contact companies like Stritar Construction & Tree Service for more information.

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