If once healthy thriving trees suddenly begin to appear as though they are dying and there is no outward indication of the cause, no signs of disease, no pest infestation and no physical damage, then it may be time to explore what is going on underground.
Root rot in trees is often difficult to identify due to the inability to physically see the entire root system. Whether towering mature trees or young saplings it’s best to call in a professional for a proper diagnosis. Older trees have a well-established expansive root system and an experienced arborist will be required in order to find the affected root sections and make the correct determination. In smaller or younger trees while it is easier to dig around their root system, there is still danger of damaging the roots beyond repair.
Signs of Root Rot
- Leaves are beginning to wilt, turn yellow and eventually fall off.
- Remaining leaves are underdeveloped.
- The tree’s canopy is beginning to thin.
- Conifer trees may show a flat top as growth slows and have flat sheets of white fungal growth at the tree base.
- Other hardwoods could have dark areas of discoloration and bark separation around their bases.
Causes of Root Rot
- The number one cause of root rot is fungus and oomycetes, of which there are numerous strains. They flourish in wet conditions and can easily be transferred when transplanting vegetation.
- The secondary causes are factors that allow the soil to continually stay damp; planting trees in flood prone areas, planting in ground with poor drainage or planting too close to downspouts. Also heavily compacted dirt can trap moisture, allowing fungus to grow. As the roots stay saturated they begin to rot and lose the ability to take in lifesaving nutrients and oxygen.
Can My Tree Be Saved?
- That often depends on when the root rot is detected. In some cases the tree may be too damaged and will need to be cut down and correctly disposed of, along with grinding the stump in order to keep the fungus from spreading.
- Younger immature trees can be treated with a professionally applied fungicide and it may be necessary to relocate them to a dryer part of the yard.
- Soil treatments and regular pH balance assessment will be necessary in order to help fight reoccurring problems.
One of the best ways of insuring the health of your trees is by calling 864-320-8787 or filling our convenient online form to schedule a complementary inspection with Out on a Limb Tree Service today. And now that winter is here don’t forget Out on a Limb Tree Service also provides fast 24/7 emergency storm cleanup.