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Common Tree Health Issues in the Tampa Area

With the abundance of both commercial and residential trees, many fall victim each year to tree pests, diseases and improper planting issues. By knowing what to look for, you can help prevent the trees from being severally harmed and seek out early intervention treatment options, which could save you hundreds.

A concern with the older trees in the Tampa area is a term coined out of the early 18th century, ‘Girdling’. Girdling for trees is something that slowly can weaken and kill the tree over periods of time ranging up to decades. The tree’s roots begin to twist and grow around the trees main stem, which will pinch off and restrict the flow of water and nutrients to the tree’s roots. In addition girdling root can also squeeze and deteriorate the trunk of the tree right above the root collar flare (the connection between the main roots and the trunk itself). This can in turn affect the tree’s stability and cause it to lean, a strong wind may even cause the tree to up root and fall. Girdling root is most often a direct result of improper planting, and the sooner it is detected the easier it is to correct; however, not all instances of girdling root are correctable.

Another commonly seen tree health issue in the Tampa area is, tree fungus. Watching for tree fungus can be mildly tricky. Yet understanding tree fungus and what it looks like, will allow you to grasp a better understanding of how the fungi can harm the tree. Common names such as mushrooms, toadstools, dwarf benches and puffballs are a class of fungi that ultimately affect the overall health of your precious tree.

Common to the Tampa area are Ash plant bugs, a form of tree pest. These pests lay eggs among the branches and twigs of your tree causing leaves to become discolored with white and then yellow specs, which then turns the leaf brown, as the leaf begins to die. Ash Plant bugs feed directly on the leaves themselves, causing the foliage to lose
its color and disfiguring the leaves themselves.

With tree pests, and girdling root potentially happening, funguses can pop up at a moments notice. Heart rot is a common tree disease, not deadly to the tree but it can increase the tree’s susceptibility to death and structural failure. This disease is caused from a fungus know as, Fomes Pin. This fungus can take varying sizes and is commonly found on the trunk of the tree, some can be large up to eight inches, to smaller widths, taking a ‘shelf like’ appearance. Color can very between gray to brownish, with a black with white margins. The heartwood of the tree is what is attacked, this fungus will not kill the tree but it will leave it vulnerable to other potential ailments, therefore immediate treatment is recommended.

Recognizing these tree troubled-warning signs, can help you to more quickly identify trees in trouble, both on your personal property and throughout your community. Early intervention and treatment for trees already suffering from the varying results of tree pests, diseases, and girdling root can save you not only money and time, but a great deal of headache. Of course, preventative measures such as ensuring proper planting of new trees, and having a routine tree care maintenance plan with your Certified Arborist is always the preferred method of maintaining and ensuring the long term health of your trees.

Here at Tree Medics we offer new tree installation, tree care maintenance plans, and treatment options to fit your budget, as well as, your tree care needs; so please call us today, the number is 813-407-9974, with any questions you may have regarding the health of your trees and/or to set up a free, no obligation, tree service consultation or an affordable tree healthcare evaluation. We care about your trees and want them to live a long and healthy life, so that you and your family can enjoy them for many years to come.

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