The garden is often seen as the most tranquil part of our homes. It’s where we can be among the birds, the bees and the inspiring wind that gives us hope of a better tomorrow. We always like to think of the tree, as something that represents life. The ‘tree of life’ is a mythical thing that features in ancient stories ranging from Greece, Persia, England and Mexico. But when it comes to the spring, new kinds of issues arise. We have to look after our trees because they don’t have an effective immune system like a living being. When foreign diseases capture a tree, it’s curtains in a matter of weeks. So stay one step ahead and follow this advice.
This is a fungal disease, the worst kind for trees. This is because the disease has to bury itself deep within the tree to survive and thrive. Trees are attacked in their core and it happens very rapidly. It may occur after winter, due to the rotting twigs, branches, leaves and plants that are around the tree itself. Coupled with the rain, lots of bacteria and germs spread quickly, with the help of decaying animals too. The only way to fight this off, is to use a certified arborist. They will provide your tree with a fungicide injection that will kill the fungi and protect the tree for up to 1 year. They can also chop off the dying leaves and twigs that are providing food for the fungi. They’ll also leave you with tips on how to care for the tree as it recovers.
As you can imagine, it’s not easy to spot a rotting root. It’s underground after all! However, you can notice a few signs. Although it’s usually for flowers and plants, landscape trees also show the same signs when they have rotting roots. The trunk of the tree might turn a lighter shade of color, the leaves and twigs nearer to the trunk tend to thin and fall off. It may also smell like rotting wood, a little like a pungent wet forest floor during autumn. If this is the case with your tree, then you need to quickly call in an expert. Dig up the soil around the tree roots and take a picture. Allow the expert to see what is going on. They will usually ask you to change the soil and then they will inject the soil to kill the harmful culprits.
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Oak trees are very common throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. They are amazing trees that provide a lot of good wood to be used for furniture, decor and for building homes. If you have an oak tree that seems to be shedding its bark, becoming gnarled and dry, then you may have oak wilt. This is a fungus that eats its way through to the core. It can be solved by doing a trunk injection therapy that protects it for the next 2 years.
The tree in your back garden should be appreciated more than it currently might be. It’s a symbol of strength, solace and hope. The spring will bring a few nasties with it, so be on your guard tree-huggers!