COMMON TREE DISEASES AND TREATMENT IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

When it comes to keeping your trees and shrubs healthy, never underestimate the importance of threats that are too small to see. Fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms may not be as visible as exterior bugs and birds, but they present every bit as serious a danger to the life and health of your yard. It is thus important to watch out for the symptoms of the most common tree diseases in Northern Michigan, as well as to take preventative measures that stop them from infecting your plants and curative measures to eliminate infections that have already started. Our tree care services are designed to keep your trees and shrubs in good condition for the long haul.

TREE RUST DISEASE

Of all the diseases that can attack your trees, rust is one of the most varied. A family of fungus with thousands of members, rust gradually grows on the leaves of your trees, undermining it and creating an unsightly, orangish appearance. Responding to fungus quickly is critical if you are to protect the health of your trees and the beauty of your yard.

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LEAF SPOT DISEASE

In the battle to protect your yard from ​tree diseases and pests, some of the most serious threats are also among the subtlest. This is especially clear with leaf spot disease, a family of plant illnesses that are often difficult to separate from more mundane threats to your lawn and garden.

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ANTHRACNOSE DISEASE

This tree disease is a grave threat to your trees. Characterized by a variety of symptoms, Anthracnose spreads quickly and causes serious damage. Anthracnose is a fungus that thrives in moist, cool climates which is why it is so prevalent in Michigan.

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NEEDLE CAST DISEASE

So named for the part of the tree that it attacks, needle cast disease is common throughout the Midwest. Needle cast infects spruce tree needles, quickly spreading from tree to tree. The sooner you treat needle cast disease, the better chance your trees have.

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TREE CANKER

A tree canker is an indicator that your tree is suffering from an infection. Cankers typically form around a fungal infection or bacterial infection. Cankers tend to ooze liquid and possibly develop a foul smell. Clearing up a tree canker will help restore a tree back to health.

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OAK WILT

Oak wilt is bad news for oak trees. This tree disease is caused by an invading fungus that eats away at the tree from the inside. Oak wilt commonly affects both red and white oak trees. This tree disease should not be taken lightly because of how quickly it can kill an oak tree.

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APPLE SCAB DISEASE

Diplodia tip blight is a very harmful disease that affects several species of pine, especially in the Michigan area. Learn more about this tree disease and how Parshall Tree Care can help your trees fight back.

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TIP BLIGHT

Fungal infections present an enormous risk to plants in your yard, and trees are no exception. No matter how strong and healthy your trees are, they’ll always be vulnerable to fungus, which can penetrate nearly every part of these organisms, spread through them, and deprive them of the nutrients they need to survive.

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