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Common threats to garden trees

June 17, 2020 1:08 pm

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Having a beautiful tree in the garden is one of the joys of home ownership. Trees give us so much – beautiful scenery, help to prevent flooding from run-off and they provide vital habitat for wildlife. However, trees can be vulnerable to various natural hazards, making them weak and even lead to their premature death.

Insects

A myriad of bugs can cause major problems for trees in our gardens. A tree can look very healthy, while secretly being attacked by insects such as ants or beetles. Bugs burrow into the bark of trees, lay eggs and cause a weakening of the root system. When the tree becomes weak, they may be at risk of falling and damaging property. If you have a tree that seems to be in a precarious situation, contact a Tree Surgeon Essex at a site like Benchmark, a leading Tree Surgeon Essex.

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Disease

Just as humans can contract diseases, so can trees. The problem can be exacerbated if the trees are also grown in less than favourable conditions. To avoid diseases, you should ensure that the soil in the garden has adequate circulation of air, nutrients, light and water. If optimum conditions are not present, problems can arise such as mildew, rot and bacteria. Disease can cause weakened roots and leaf infection, while also making the tree more susceptible to infestation of pests.

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Lack of nutrients

The next common problem is the lack of nutrients and this becomes evident in a number of ways. This can show as discoloration of foliage, changes in leaf size and shape and limited growth. Prior to treating the trees with fertilizer, look at the ground to see if this is the cause of the problem.

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