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tree fungus treatmentsTree fungus is one of the more common afflictions homeowners might face in taking care of their trees’ health. If ignored, tree fungus can cause serious problems. When applied correctly and at the right time, tree fungus treatments can be a lifesaving intervention. Many different fungicide treatments and applications are available on the market today. 

It is key 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.

Common Varieties of Tree Fungus

Four common varieties of tree fungus exist. They are:

  • Vascular wilt fungus
  • Foliar or shoot fungus
  • Root or butt rot
  • Canker diseases

Vascular wilt fungus disrupts a tree’s ability to transport water through its xylem, resulting in leaf and stem wiltage. 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. 

Types of Maryland Tree Diseases

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 in a timely manner. It is also one of the more insidious fungi as it sometimes goes unnoticed until the damage becomes untreatable. 

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

Every common tree fungus is paired with a tree fungus treatment. 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 fungicide 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 notice 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 and Mechanical Fungicide Treatments

Chemical treatments come in two varieties: contact and surface. Contact chemical treatments get applied to leaves and foliage to prevent or halt an infection. Surface chemical treatments work similarly, except that they are also absorbed by the tree for better, longer-term protection. Notably, surface fungicide applications are not recommended for fruit-bearing trees.

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 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. Call Prestige Tree Experts at 240.673.2474 today for advice on the best tree fungus treatments to use on your property.