While a tree service in Norfolk can help you to assess the overall health of your tree, there are a few common tree diseases that you may be able to quickly diagnose yourself. The following are some of the most commonly-seen tree diseases and their visible symptoms:

  • Leaf rust. Leaf rust is a type of fungal disease that causes trees to develop large red and orange splotches on the leaves of the tree in the spring. Severe cases of leaf rust can cause the tree to stop producing leaves altogether.
  • Fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial disease that affects fruit trees, and can make the fruit bore inedible. The most obvious symptom of fire blight is a charred look that can cover all bark on the tree, making it look like it's been involved in a fire.
  • Powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a relatively mild form of fungus that can affect nearly every type of plant or tree. To check for powdery mildew, touch the leaves on your tree; if a chalky-like substance rubs off from the leaves, you likely have a case of powdery mildew on your hands.
  • Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles are an invasive species that eat the leaves and fruits of a variety of tree types. You can see Japanese beetles on leaves, the trunk of your tree or its fruit; you can identify the Japanese beetle by its brown wings and green body.
  • Canker. Canker is a serious tree disease that can cause branches to die, and can even kill large sections of the tree if left unchecked. If you notice branches of your trees dying without any trauma, canker is likely the source.

If you notice any of these diseases plaguing your trees, call a tree service company that serves Chesapeake, VA (like Tarzan Tree Service) quickly to protect the rest of the plants and trees on the property most effectively. To learn more about protecting your trees, contact us at 757-204-1390.

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