Shaping the perfect ornamental tree

Why You Need to Conduct Regular Tree Inspections

If you've just taken ownership of a new home that sits within a large plot of land, you will want to ensure that the outside area looks just as good as your new house. As you may well have many mature trees within this plot, you'll certainly want to ensure that they not only look good but are at the peak of health as well. So, in this case, you need to become familiar with their general appearance and, specifically, what they may look like should something go wrong. What diseases do you need to be aware of and what should you do if you discover evidence?

Ever Present Threat

Unfortunately, many different types of diseases are prevalent across Australia, and they can be introduced by burrowing insects, birds and can even be airborne. Whenever you spot signs of an infestation, you need to take action as soon as possible to avoid the issue spreading to nearby trees and making the matter worse.

Cyprus Canker

To begin with, be on the lookout for Cyprus Canker. This is waterborne or airborne and produces a dark red colour on the branches of the affected tree. Soon, the branches will begin to turn yellow and develop a fungus which will begin to release spores into the surrounding air. If you're lucky and catch this early, you may be able to treat the infected area, but otherwise, the entire tree will need to be removed.

Heart Rot

Heart rot disease is another fungal infection and can often affect trees that have not been pruned or trimmed back. Insects can carry this infestation which will once again be identified by the presence of fungi. Keep your trees well maintained to try and avoid heart rot.

Powdery Mildew

When you carry out a regular tree inspection, look for any grey or white powdery substance on the leaves. This is a form of mildew that will soon spread to other parts of the tree if not caught quickly enough. It may be possible to treat the affected tree with a fungicide, but again, swift action is essential.

What to Do If Matters Get Worse

These are just three of many different types of tree disease that may affect you if you're not careful. Unfortunately, it is all too often necessary to remove the affected tree if you want to save others in your plot. If you've come to this conclusion, get in touch with a qualified tree removal expert. After all, this is not a job for an amateur, and you want to make sure that it is done properly from the outset.

For more information on tree removal, contact a company near you.