Just like people and animals, plants can suffer from diseases that, if left untreated, will lead to their eventual demise. It’s strange to think in these terms when it comes to the flora that populates your property. But there are a couple of reasons why you might want to try to save a diseased tree rather than simply removing it. From a purely practical standpoint, replacing a fully-grown tree will take time and money, whereas salvaging it could cost significantly less while preserving a mature specimen. In addition, many homeowners develop a sentimental attachment to the trees on their property. Happy memories often go hand-in-hand with prominent trees, where children spend hours playing and lovers carve their initials. So if you’re looking to save a diseased tree on your property rather than letting it die (and become a potential hazard), here are some tips to get you on the right track.
First you need to diagnose the disease in your tree, and there are a number of potential culprits, depending on the type of tree, your region, and environmental factors. Diseases can be caused by pollution, pests, fungus, mold and mildew, bacteria, and even climate change. Some of these factors can be controlled and others cannot. Understanding the cause of your tree’s blight can help you to determine whether it’s even possible to save a diseased specimen. In some cases, you will have no power to stop what is happening. But much of the time you have options to try to save the tree, even if it means pulling it up and shipping it to a more suitable climate.
Once your tree disease has been diagnosed, you’ll have to consider treatment options. In some cases, proper pruning and watering may do the trick. Whether you’re under- or over-watering or pruning, the health of your tree could improve dramatically with a few simple changes. And if you spray fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn regularly, the practice could prove detrimental to your tree, especially if it has exposed roots at the surface. Cutting back on spraying or electing not to do it near your tree might show an improvement in the health of the specimen.
But if you’re dealing with more difficult issues like an insect infestation, fungi, or bacteria, you’ll have to take additional measures to treat your tree and improve its health. Surprisingly, you can do a lot on your own thanks to online tutorials and the ability to order the remedial supplies you may need to deal with pests, fungi, or bacteria. However, these treatments can be harmful to your health in some cases, so you may prefer to hire qualified professionals that are experienced with administering treatments to save diseased trees.
Of course, you should be prepared for the worst. A dead tree can constitute a major hazard due to broken/falling branches, the potential for the whole tree to tip over in a storm, or fire. In such cases you’ll need to turn to a company like Minnesota Tree Surgeons LLC that is skilled at removing dead trees. But if your diseased tree is still alive and you’re not yet ready to throw in the towel, consider the many options for treatment that could save a beloved tree.