Top Ten Tree Problems

Borers are attracted to unhealthy trees, burrowing in and laying eggs inside the trunk. The best defense against borers is to keep your trees healthy and unstressed. The most notable borer in our area is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). New systemic treatments can protect ash trees for three years.

Mites pose a serious threat a wide variety of plants, and can seriously impact the visual appearance of a plant. Mites favor warm, dry climates, and are an extremely serious issue for many homeowners.

Caterpillars can weaken many trees and shrubs, increasing the chance of a secondary infestation. Look for silken, yellow cocoons.

These insects target primarily hardwoods and conifers. Some signs of an infestation include abnormal leaf and shoot growth, yellow or red leaves, and branch gouting.

This fungal disease affects deciduous and flowering trees. Look for a spotting of foliage in spring and summer.

Even during mild winters, evergreens can lose moisture and not be able to replenish it. Thus, make sure your evergreens have sufficient soil moisture.

Aphids are small and pearl shaped. An infestation can cause yellow discoloration and defoliation.