Spring has always been unpredictable in New England and this year is no different. Having "survived" one of the worst winters I can remember, I'm embarrassed to say that I'm already complaining about the heat or fighting the urge to. Many people who work outdoors in the spring either stand in a few inches of mud or get covered by dust and pollen. This spring, my contact lenses are dry midday and my washing machine is getting overworked washing my dust filled Carhartt pants.
No matter what the weather conditions are, I'm always concerned about the health of our trees and shrubs in the spring. When the weather is cool and wet, plant pathogens spread easily by splashing water, saturated soils, and cool winds. With our current conditions of windy, dry air and warm temperatures, plant pathogens may not have the ability to spread as easily, but will have a greater ability to infect trees and shrubs once they do spread. Just as a human immune system is disrupted when our bodies are under stress, a plant stressed by drought has a reduced defense system that may normally ward off such pathogens. Some of the symptoms of an infected plant may include but are not limited to: wilting or browning of leaves; oozing and weeping of trunks and branches; discolored spotting on leaves and fruit and the presence of mushrooms on the plant or around the root zone.
Tree and shrub pathogens can be difficult to detect and even harder to diagnose. ArborTech's Certified Arborists have the skill and experience to identify diseases that may exist in your landscape. We also can provide you with affordable treatment options that will help manage these persistent pathogens. Call an ArborTech Arborist today! We'd love to get dirty in your backyard!