While cypress trees are easy to care for, they are susceptible to a damaging fungal disease called Seiridium cankers. Caused by the Seiridium unicorne pathogen, this disease can inhibit the flow of water through the branches, causes limbs and foliage to turn brown and wilt. In Texas, the Italian cypress, Juniper, and Leyland cypress are common species of trees to become infected with this disease. If you have trees showing signs of infection, call us at 817-882-6499 today for Seiridium canker treatment in Fort Worth, TX.
Causes of Seiridium Canker Infections
Trees can become infected through open wounds, caused by landscaping tools or storm damage, or through burrowing insects. Once a tree has been infected, small cankers begin to appear along the branches. In wet weather, these cankers can open up and allow spores to spread to other areas of the tree.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Seiridium cankers. The best method of treatment is to locate infected limbs of the tree and prune them to stop the spread of infection. If a tree has a severe infection, it may need to be removed in order to prevent the disease from spreading to any nearby trees. Pruning shears can also spread the infection to either healthy limbs or even unaffected trees so it is important to keep them clean during use.
Preventing Seiridium Cankers
There are a couple simple ways to prevent Seiridium cankers from harming your trees. The first is to use extreme care when using any type of gardening tools around the tree. Wounds make the tree more susceptible to disease and the pests that could carry them. Ensuring the trees get enough water is also important. Drought stress has been found to contribute to infections in cypress trees.
If you have trees that have brown, wilted limbs, contact us today for professional tree care. We provide Seiridium canker treatment in the Fort Worth, TX area. Treating the tree quickly can prevent health issues and the spread of the disease. Give us a call at 817-882-6499 to schedule your tree health assessment and start a treatment plan.