When dealing with a plant pest problem, it’s better not to be too aggressive with treatment. After all, environmental conditions can change, and pest damage is often just surface-level.

Now, if you don’t have a pest issue but are worried about tree mold or fungi, how should you deal with it? Identification is the first step, and here’s how to do it.

 

Some Tips for Identifying Tree Mold or Fungus

 

Certain signs point to a possible tree fungus infestation. These include discolored leaves, dying branches, soggy areas around tree roots, etc.

Odd-looking growths on a tree are also a good indication of tree mold or fungus. Watching for these is crucial as tree fungi almost always signal decay. You’ll want to take action before the infestation becomes worse.

Even if tree fungus isn’t lethal, it’s still not a good idea to let it be. Tree fungi can ruin your tree’s appearance by leaving marks and wounds. Treatment may or may not involve tree removal, pruning infected regions, and antifungal application.

 

Common Tree Fungi You Need to Know

 

To diagnose a tree disease caused by mold or fungi, you must be familiar with the most common types, such as yellow tree fungus, anthracnose, oak root fungus, sooty mold, and powdery mildew.

Yellow tree fungus or sulfur fungus is edible to humans but dangerous for trees as it may cause internal rot. It’s a tree bark fungus, often yellowish to orangish in color, and affects maple, ash, and oak trees. Meanwhile, anthracnose has the same targets but also attacks hickory, tulips, birch, sycamores, and dogwoods.

On the other hand, oak root fungus causes wilting, dulling, and yellowing of leaves. Left untreated, a tree or shrub infected with this fungus may have structural integrity issues, meaning it could fall over at any time. As for sooty mold, which leaves an ash-like coating on leaves, it’s not as concerning as powdery mildew.

While both interfere with photosynthesis, powdery mildew can interrupt a tree’s growth. It can also leech nutrients and eventually lower the tree’s ability to produce fruits and flowers.

 

Tree Fungus Treatment (Plus Some Prevention Tips!)

 

After confirming a tree mold or fungus problem, your arborist will likely recommend tree trimming, fungicide application, and comprehensive tree care.

Tree trimming involves removing dead branches or other affected parts, such as leaves or roots. It’s best not to do this yourself, as you might unintentionally injure the tree, exposing it to more infection.

Fungicides can be natural or copper-based. Use these sparingly, or ask your tree services company to do it for you. Getting comprehensive tree care to keep your trees healthy once they’ve been treated with antifungals is also a good idea.

 

Are You Worried About Tree Mold or Fungus?

 

Tree mold, fungus, pests, and other diseases are a cause for concern, but they are treatable if you act early.

Let Grace Tree Service help you find a solution for diseased trees. We have been in the business for about two decades and are considered the best tree and stump removal company in Kokomo, IN.

Contact us so we can start treatment ASAP.