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Tree fungus


Tree Fungus is a common ailment for trees. When fungal spores come in contact with a susceptible host they begin to grow, enter, and feed on the tree or shrub

Not all fungi growing on your tree are harmful; some do not affect the tree at all while others are even beneficial. It’s best to have an arborist diagnose what type of fungus is growing on your tree. The arborist will be able to let you know if the fungus is harmful and be able to recommend appropriate treatments.

Tree fungi produce spores that spread and infect other trees or shrubs.

Spores spread through:

the air on windy dayshard rains that splash the spores up onto trunks and leavesgardening toolsHuman movement; for example, walking through wet diseases plants then walking through healthy plants that aren’t yet infected

You may see mushrooms or other types of fungi growing on or around your tree if you have a fungal disease. However; many times the tree fungus may not appear above ground or many have a different appearance than you would expect.

The symptoms you see will depend on what type of tree fungus is attacking your tree. In most cases being infected with a tree fungus will result in loss of vigor and discoloration or wilting of leaves.

Once infected with a tree fungus your tree or shrub can never be fully cured. However; it can be treated. Our arborist will recommend a plan to suppress the tree fungus. This will stop the disease from getting worse and to restore your tree’s health and vigor.

If the fungus is too far developed, the arborist may recommend removing the tree/shrub and replacing it with a fungi resistant species

To prevent infection:

Don’t over waterMake sure your soil drains properly. Boost overall health with proper and regular maintenance. Sanitise gardening tools between plantsRake and remove falling leaves from your yard.Use preventative fungicides.

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