Central Missouri is home to a large variety of tree species. Each of these is susceptible to several diseases. This vital element of the ecosystem can become infected if not cared for properly. Infection can lead to damage or even to the death of trees. When trees become infected, they often drop limbs or fall over on power lines. This can cause disruptions in electricity and other important services. Hentges Tree Service is a valuable resource to help keep trees healthy and clear of powerlines.
Hentges Tree Service employs experts who know how to diagnose tree diseases. Understanding the specific symptoms to look for will help you identify when it is time to call the experts at Hentges to either treat or remove infected sections. Look for spots of discoloration on the leaves; yellow-green or very light green, brown or rust colored spots can be cause for alarm. Knots or mushrooms on the trunk are also tell-tale signs of disease. If you are not sure, it is a good idea to call Hentges to help you determine if there is an infection.
There are some preventative measures and treatments to help keep up with the needs of your trees. Reducing stress is of key importance. To do this, use good tree care practices such as mulching, watering, and avoiding wounds. Prune to improve air flow through the canopy and remove and dispose of fallen leaves to reduce future infections. Regular pruning can provide better air-circulation, which will help keep fungus and mold down. Pesticides and fungicides can be effective if used correctly. Treatment will often involve removing any larger infected areas. This is best done by a professional with the proper equipment and expertise.
According to the Missouri Conservation website, “Forests have become Missouri’s greatest renewable resource. If managed wisely, a healthy forest will keep producing quality trees for years to come, creating tremendous economic, environmental, and social benefits.” 85% of forest land is on privately owned property and must be tended to by property owners. Tree care is especially important to the Ozarks region. The economy of Missouri has benefitted from $10 billion in annual revenue for harvesting and processing trees into wood products, providing jobs for thousands of people. From the single tree on a small lot to acres of woodland, everyone can do their part by keeping the trees around them free of disease. It is beneficial to all Missourians to help keep these ecologically and economically beneficial resources thriving. If you have questions or concerns about a tree on your property, call Hentges Tree Service today at (573)893-2896. You can call to schedule treatment or maintenance anytime.