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Don’t let these 4 summer tree issues damage your property: learn how to protect your trees
Summer is a great time to relish the outdoors and enjoy your yard’s beauty and landscaping. However, this season can also bring intricate challenges for your trees. To ensure that your trees are healthy enough to provide shade during the summer, it’s crucial to understand common issues that trees encounter during summer.
- Iron chlorosis is a condition that occurs when trees are deprived of sufficient iron to produce chlorophyll, resulting in pale green or yellowish leaves with visible veins. It may affect the entire tree or just a section of it. If left unaddressed, chlorosis will eventually lead to the tree’s death. Many species of trees, including pines, cottonwoods, elms, and maples, can be affected by iron chlorosis.
However, it’s an easily noticeable condition. So if you observe a lightening of the leaves as your tree grows this summer, reaching out to a tree service is essential. Arborists will inject a healthy dose of iron supplement into the tree and its roots to ensure it receives an adequate mineral supply, restoring the leaves’ healthy green coloration.
Dead Branches and Limbs
- Dead limbs or branches on your trees are easily recognizable during the summer. However, some branches may remain bare as trees sprout leaves in summer. This condition can have several underlying causes, but one particular culprit is fire blight, primarily affecting common fruit trees like crabapples and pear trees.
If you suspect your trees have dead limbs or branches, hire a tree service to conduct a thorough inspection and determine the exact cause. The professionals may scrape away the bark to examine the branch’s interior. A green or white color indicates that the branch is still alive, despite its outward appearance, while brown may indicate fire blight. Fire blight treatment is complex and is best left to professionals.
Damage Caused By Storms
- Severe thunderstorms during the summer can cause significant damage to your trees. High winds, heavy rain, and hail can destroy leaf growth, remove branches, and even upend trees. However, some of this damage can be treated, as many trees are resilient and can recover from even the most severe damage.
But the loss of larger limbs could be fatal to the tree. A tree service can help you determine which trees need removal and which can be saved. Additionally, many tree professionals offer removal services, which can help clean up the aftermath of a storm.
- Pest problems can occur year-round, but each season brings different pests. For example, during the summer, you might notice an increased presence of small animals in your trees, such as squirrels or bird nests. Also, hornet nests can be problematic, especially in early to mid-summer. The summer months can also bring out other pests like the poplar borer, which can cause significant damage to your trees.
Poplar borers are a pest that bore through trees during their life cycle, affecting trees such as poplars, aspens, and willows. While this damage may not immediately kill the trees, it can weaken branches, increasing the risk of breakage that could be fatal. To combat this issue, a tree service company examines your trees for poplar borers and suggests a treatment plan to mitigate their effects.
Sometimes a pest infestation can be controlled and eliminated by pruning the affected branches of the tree. However, if you are unsure whether your tree has been infested with a pest, contact American Tree Experts Inc today. Call us at 973-774-6091 today, and let us help you with all your tree and plant pest management needs.