Tree fungus is one of the more common afflictions homeowners might face in caring for their trees’ health. If ignored, tree fungus can cause serious problems. Tree fungus treatments can be a lifesaving intervention when applied correctly and at the right time. Many different fungicide treatments and applications are available on the market today.
It is vital to figure out what species of tree you are trying to help, what fungus is affecting the tree, and how advanced the fungus is. Those three factors will aid in deciding what type of tree fungus treatment can be employed to improve the health of your trees. Reach out to Prestige Tree Experts at 240.673.2474 to learn more about chemical applications for tree healthcare.
Types Of Maryland Tree Fungus
Four common varieties of tree fungus exist. They are:
- Vascular wilt fungus –Vascular wilt fungus disrupts a tree’s ability to transport water through its xylem, resulting in leaf and stem wilt.
- Foliar or shoot fungus –Foliar or shoot fungus is the most common yet least harmful. It creates spots or other visible infection marks but is not ultimately endangering the tree. Many homeowners still prefer to treat foliar or shoot fungus as it can be an eyesore, especially on prominent trees or ornamentals.
- Root or butt rot –Root or butt rot is a type of fungus that attacks a tree’s roots and trunk. This is one of the more serious infections since it can cause structural damage that can become irreversible if not treated promptly. It is also one of the more insidious fungi, as it sometimes goes unnoticed until the damage becomes untreatable.
- Canker diseases –Lastly, canker diseases are generally the result of tree damage, such as a trunk wound or a broken branch. It may cause discoloration on the bark or a branch. This fungus mostly poses no larger threat to a tree’s health beyond a visible eyesore, though serious canker diseases may threaten a tree’s structural integrity. Homeowners can largely avoid canker diseases by practicing proper pruning.
Tree Fungus Treatments
There is a tree fungus treatment for every common fungal infection. Remember that fungicides are only one element of an overall tree healthcare regimen. Certainly, fungicide applications help kill the annoying fungus. But they are just one intervention alongside proper pruning, clearing dead and broken branches, watering, fertilizing, and mulching around the base of your trees. The best methods are often preventative, especially considering some tree fungi are contagious and will not contain themselves to their tree of origin.
When a fungicide application becomes necessary, you can turn to one of three treatment options: organic treatment, chemical treatment, and mechanical treatment.
Organic treatment involves using a fungicide spray, sealer, or dressing to prevent fungus growth. One example is lime sulfur, which can be applied at the first sign of fungus to prevent spreading. Another option is a baking soda mixture that is effective in combating the visible decay from foliar or shoot fungus.
Chemical Fungicide Treatments
Several different chemical fungicides work on trees, so choosing the right one can be tricky. Many chemical fungicides are designed for specific tree diseases; thus, an incorrect application may not be effective or even worsen matters. If you decide to use a chemical fungicide, it is crucial that you consult with a professional arborist first to determine the best product for your situation.
Chemical treatments come in two varieties: contact and surface.
Contact chemical treatments get applied to leaves and foliage to prevent or halt an infection. A professional arborist can identify the source of infection and determine which fungicides are best for your situation.
Surface treatments are applied directly to the surface of a tree, such as the trunk, branches, or bark, to prevent fungal growth. These treatments help protect trees from disease-causing organisms by providing a barrier between the fungus and the tree. Notably, surface fungicide applications are not recommended for fruit-bearing trees.
Mechanically Treating Tree Fungus
Lastly, mechanical treatments refer to physical alterations to the tree’s environment or the tree itself. For example, preventing tree fungus relies on quality air circulation, adequate sunshine, and proper drainage. If the fungus does set in, removing affected leaves early and disposing of them properly can stop the fungus from spreading. It can also be advisable to dig up and eliminate trees that have become heavily infected. Never shred or grind up infected trees to use elsewhere for mulching. That will only spread the fungus.
Fungus Treatment from Prestige Tree Experts
If your trees show signs of a fungal infestation, seek the help of professional arborists. At Prestige Tree Experts, our licensed arborists can diagnose the specific problem and provide tailored solutions to stop the spread of tree diseases and fungi. We will assess your home or business’s landscape and recommend a fungicide treatment plan specific to your needs.