Pine Tree Diseases
There are four common pine tree diseases in our Midwest area: pine wilt disease, diplodia tip blight, dothistroma needlecast, and lophodermium needlecast. Most of these diseases can be identified by the discoloring of needles, premature shedding of needles, and the presence of insects. If you notice something strange in your trees, it’s time to contact Urban Arborist.

Girdling Roots
If you notice your tree’s roots grow in a circular or spiral pattern, your tree may have girdling roots. This problem compresses the vascular tissue of the tree, causing it to decline, making it vulnerable to secondary vectors, further stressing the tree. The trained eye of an Urban Arborist representative will recognize potential problems in time to take corrective measures. This is one of many problems we look for during our routine inspections of your property.

Drought Stress
Drought stress is very common in our landscape plantings.  When drought conditions persist for several months our trees can be severely adversely impacted.  Plants stressed by drought become more vulnerable to boring type insects, stem cankers and root diseases.  These secondary vectors are very often responsible for the eventual decline and death of the plant.  During periods of drought, your plants need to be monitored closely.  Good cultural practices and proactive plant health care programs are critical in maintaining the health and vigor of your trees.           

Chlorosis is a term used to describe the yellowing appearance of your trees' leaves generally due to lack of one or more micro nutrients. This is something you cannot completely avoid, but you can help to reverse. To combat this disorder, Urban Arborist utilizes the powers of mycorrhizae to improve the capacity of the tree's root system to absorb nutrients from the soil. We can also surface apply sulfur to help acidify the soil. Utilizing both of these techniques in combination with a micro-nutrient product will help correct these deficiencies.

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