Common Maryland Tree Issues

Maryland is home to many great species of trees. They’re vital to the environment and they service thousands of wildlife creatures. But what happens if something is wrong with a tree on your property? Take a look at some of these common tree problems and what you can do to resolve them.

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Lichens are plants that grow on trees as a result of fungus and algae mixing together. Contrary to popular belief, they do not cause tree decay. However, they sometimes do grow on declining trees. These plants can be quite the eyesore, but they are an indicator of good air quality. Even though controlling them isn’t necessary for the health of the tree, if you want to get rid of the unsightly plant, you can scrub them away with soap and water or by spraying the tree with copper-sulfate.

Winter Burn

Maryland often experiences cold winters and while we’re inside our homes enjoying the warmth, trees are outside taking on the winter elements. During the winter, trees are exposed to cold winds, ice, snow, rain, and more. As a result, trees become dehydrated and an array of problems can occur. Anything from leaf loss to tree death can be the result of winter burn.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are closely related to spiders and ticks. They have a sac-like body along with four legs on both sides. They usually live and feed off of the underside of leaves and plants. The most common type of spider mite found in Maryland is the two-spotted spider mite.

If these creatures have found their way into one of your trees, you may begin to notice discolored leaves, starting from the lower branches. If left unattended, leaf discoloration will eventually travel up the tree and ultimately the tree itself may die. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep these pests under control.

Root Rot

Root rot is caused by any number of various fungi. Symptoms of root rot include:

  • Separation/loosening of lower bark
  • Slowed tree growth
  • Premature autumn leaf coloration
  • Discolored wood at the bottom of the tree

If you notice any of these symptoms, your tree may be the victim of root rot. Unfortunately, once the tree is infected with the fungi, it cannot be cured. The only thing you can do is to prevent root rot by avoiding root damage from improper pruning, avoiding planting trees in poorly ventilated soils, and avoiding placing plants nears downspouts.

Is It Too Late For Your Tree?

Sometimes it’s time to accept that a tree is irreparable and have it removed before it becomes a safety hazard for you and your family. If you’re looking for tree removal in Carroll County, Hagan & Sons has you covered. With over 25 years of experience, we’ll remove any tree that is giving your home problems. Contact us today for a free estimate!