So many of my clients are surprised that the little sapling they planted is now a huge tree. It's important when you plan your garden and start planting trees to understand how big they will grow and to keep them maintained in a way that supports how you use your garden. Arborists can help your tree grow in the shape and direction that you want so that the garden is perfect for your family. My blog has tips for the home owner on keeping your tree healthy and, of course, tips on when to use an arborist to get the perfect result.
If you own cherry trees, you will want to ensure that they are kept in peak condition. There is a range of different varieties of cherry tree which will thrive in the warm Australian climate, producing wonderful flowers and tasty fruit. However, your fruit trees are at risk of damage caused by disease, rotting and fungus growth. Below is a guide to 3 common problems which can affect your cherry trees and the steps you need to take to combat them.
Black knot is a common fungus which can affect cherry and plum trees. It is relatively easy to spot because of its distinctive look. This fungus affects the branches of trees and will make them look like they are covered in black warts. To remove this fungus, you just need to prune the affected branches back. Once you have removed the infected branches, it is important that they are destroyed using fire. If you do not do so, surviving spores from the fungus could become airborne and infect other trees.
Root and crown rot
Root and crown rot is a serious problem because it attacks the lower portion of a trunk, which plays a key role in maintaining the tree's structural integrity. When infected, the root and crown of the tree will turn black and begin to show signs of mould and other growth. This weakening can have extremely serious consequences as there is no way of treating or repairing the rot. If you discover root and crown rot, you should contact a professional tree service who will be able to assess the tree and safely remove it. This rot is caused by the collection of water around the roots of the tree which encourages the growth of fungus and mould, so you can prevent further problems by ensuring your cherry trees have proper drainage.
Canker refers to a bacterial infection which can affect cherry trees. The classic sign of canker is gummy lesions which form on the branches of the tree. To combat canker, you should prune the branches well back below the point of infection. You should then treat the pruned area with a sealant, which will help to prevent reinfection. You may also wish to consider applying a copper fungicide to keep any bacteria under control.
If you would like further advice about caring for your cherry trees, you should contact a tree service today.Share
23 March 2017