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Are Some Tree Species Bigger Risks Than Others?

It is during the fall that we are perhaps more than ever aware of the wide variety of trees around us. We see how their colors change, whether their leaves fall early or late in the season, and how they react to the dip in temperatures. While together a diverse group of trees can add visual interest and life to your yard, individually you may find that some species carry with them certain risk factors that may prove problematic down the line. So which tree species are bigger risks to have growing in your yard? Read on to find out!

Tree Health RisksTree Types Matter When it Comes to Their Health

Certain species of trees are bigger risks to have not through any fault of their own, but because there are specific diseases out there that only affect them. Flowering dogwood trees, which grow throughout the Northeastern part of the United States, can be affected by a disease known as dogwood anthracnose, for instance. Dogwood anthracnose is caused by a fungus that attacks trees primarily during the fall and winter, and it leaves blights and cankers, which can ultimately kill the tree. Dutch elm disease is another species-specific tree illness; contrary to what the name indicates, it does affect the American variety of elm tree as well. DED clogs the tree’s inner water transport system, making it impossible for the tree to get the nutrients that it needs. Apple and pear trees can be struck by fire blight, so called for the scorched look it gives the leaves, flowers, and trees of an affected tree. Oak wilt is a deadly disease that kills oaks by the thousands.

Knowing the Risk Factors and Keeping Trees Healthy

Because so many different fungi and diseases affect a specific tree type, you can be better prepared to defend your trees against them! Discuss your options with your tree service professionals from Porter; we can help you determine whether removing a tree or finding a preventative treatment for its disease will ultimately be the best decision for it and the overall health of your yard. Call us today for more information if you think you have a high-risk tree species!

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