Leesburg Tree Care
Plant Disease and Insects
Though we often don't pay them much attention, plants (and trees) can suffer from both insects and diseases. And once an infestation or disease begins to spread, sometimes it's impossible to stop, and can kill an entire tree, or damage it beyond repair.
Leesburg, and Virginia in general suffer from a number of plant diseases and insect-related challenges - but our team is here to stop either of those things from damaging your trees. You may have heard of a few of the diseases and infestations our trees can suffer from:
Oak Wilt: targets Red Oak Trees. Oak Wilt is a fungus that robs water from the roots, all the way to the crown of the tree.
Powdery Mildew: powdery mildew impacts shrubs more than trees, but we still see it here in Northern Virginia. It's not hard to miss. Powdery Mildew leaves a whitish, mold-looking substance on afflicted plants. The good news is that this fungus can be stopped if caught in time.
Scale Insects: these tiny insects look like scales, and attach themselves to small trees and shrubs. They deplete tree nutrients, cause twigs and leaves to die, and may stunt growth. They're also extremely difficult to identify until an infestation is underway.
Apple Scab: do you have wild apple or crabapple trees? Have you seen your fruit develop brown, unsightly scabs? You're probably dealing with Apple Scab - caused by a tree fungus. Don't let Apple Scab, or similar fungi ruin your fruit bearing trees.
Boring Insects: boring insects bore (dig) into a tree's bark, slowly killing the tree and leaving rut or trench like formations in its wake.
Mites: tiny insects that feed on the chlorophyll in plants. How can you tell if you have them? Mites leave tiny white holes in leaves in their path. If the mites are Spider Mites, they'll also leave webbing. Mites can be very destructive, so identifying this problem early is critical.
Bagworms: bagworms are a small type of caterpillar. They feed on plants and trees, can be difficult to spot given their twig-like appearance, and do a lot of damage quickly.
Notice that your tree bark isn't looking healthy? Do you see odd growth on your plants and shrubs? Call us today and we'll have someone out to diagnose, and strategize with you to bring your yard and trees back up to the best they can be.