We put this resource together to help property owners understand and identify types of tree diseases in Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Springfield, McLean, Herndon and the surrounding areas.
Keep reading to learn the most common tree diseases in Virginia, and where to turn to for treatment.
If you have any questions, or if you have a tree that needs treatment right away, call 703.969.6207 or click here to contact us with an online form.
Tree diseases can be broken into 3 main categories:
Within each of these categories there are assortments of different diseases (of varying severities) that can afflict your trees. Different species of trees are prone to different diseases. Let’s explore each disease category in more detail below.
How can I tell if my tree has fungus?
It’s important to note that not all fungus is hazardous to a tree’s health. In fact, some will actually benefit the tree. With that being said here are some signs to look for to see if your tree has fungus.
How can I tell if my tree is infected with bacteria or a virus?
Did you know that trees get sick too? Viruses and bacteria are most commonly transmitted to trees through an external source (or vector), like an insect or even fungus.
Here are some signs to look for if you think bacteria or a virus has infected your tree.
How can I tell if my tree has parasites or pests?
Insects and trees live in harmony for the most part. However, when trees are weakened (like during a drought), certain insects can have a devastating effect on the health of a tree. Not only can they carry certain bacterias and viruses, they can eat and bore into the tree itself.
Bag worm, locusts, mites, aphids, gypsy moths and more can cause irreparable harm your trees.
Look for these signs if you think your tree may have a parasite or pest problem.
While identifying pests can be easy, treatment can be difficult. Professional arborists will know how to eliminate the pests in a way that doesn’t harm the tree or other creatures that live on it.
If there’s one thing you noticed from this page, it’s probably that all three categories of tree disease have similar symptoms. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell what is making a tree sick.
If you suspect that your tree is diseased, call 703-969-6207 today or click here to request a free tree disease assessment.
Absolute Tree Service, Inc. helps homeowners in Virginia maintain healthy, disease-free trees with innovative, environmentally friendly treatments that work. Contact us today to learn how we can help you maintain trees that add to the beauty and value of your property.