Fungi in trees come in many shapes and sizes. Fungi like mushrooms are a natural—and even healthy—part of our environment, as they help break down decomposing organic materials. These materials in turn release carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus into the soil and the atmosphere.
But when fungi get out of control or grows where it’s not supposed to be, it can cause problems for the health of your trees and shrubs. “Bad” fungi include:
- Oak wilt
- Root rot
- Heart rot
- Canker tree disease
- Sooty mold
- Powdery mildew disease
- Cedar apple rust
- Apple scab disease
Trees get infected with fungi through spores being carried by the wind, contaminated garden tools, or hard rains.
Ensure The Tree Is Healthy
Thankfully, most healthy trees can resist a fungal infection. One of the best ways to ensure that fungal diseases don’t infect your trees is to keep them healthy. That means:
Clean Garden Tools After Using
After using your gardening tools, be sure to clean them—especially if they have come in contact with an infected plant. This helps prevents spores and pathogens from spreading from plant to plant, keeping your landscape healthy.
Dispose Of Green Waste Correctly
Remove fallen leaves from your yard and dispose of all green waste. There are many fungal spores that live in fallen leaves and other old green waste that can be splashed up into your trees from a hard rain.
Most of your green waste can be recycled via Hansen’s Tree Service to be turned into 100% organic products like mulch and compost. If you’re not sure if something can be recycled, we’re more than happy to help answer your questions!
Get An ISA Certified Arborist To Inspect Your Trees
If you suspect a fungal infection in your trees or shrubs, contact the professionals at Hansen’s Tree Service. When you request a tree risk assessment from Hansen’s Tree Service, our ISA Certified Arborists will ensure your trees, property, and family are safe from any dangers. Fill out a form to request your assessment or call us at 636.379.1830 today.