Diagnosis and Treatment of Austin Tree Diseases
We are frequently asked to diagnosis tree problems - insects or disease - but the real answer people want is the prognosis - will the tree live. Many tree "diseases" are not treatable in that it involves decaying tissue with no active vascular circulation. Most decayed areas in trees should be left alone. Trees have developed their own methods of dealing with such problems over the last 275 million years. MOREOVER, they do it better than we can. Intervention in many decay situations usually only makes it worse. What is needed is to ascertain the degree of decay and whether or not the tree is structurally sound enough to continue to safely stand in the environment.
Some diseases like oak wilt are "treatable." Properly applied chemical fungicides in the early stages of the disease can suppress it - but not cure it. (See Oak Wilt section on this site.)
Most insect problems in trees are not problems at all. Reoccurring annual or cyclical infestations of caterpillars in oak trees don't need to be treated. Some insects are indicators of stress in trees. Solve the stress problem and the insect problem may resolve itself.
Intervention in these problems often isn't necessary. Let us diagnose the problems and lay out treatment recommendations and options for you trees.
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