diseased trees

What is Causing Black Spots on My Maple Leaves?

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Have you noticed your maple tree leaves yellowing out, dropping or blue/black spots appearing on the leaves? These are all symptoms of a fungal infection called tar spot (Rhytisma spp.). The appearance of tar spot can be alarming to homeowners especially with newly planted trees in Dacula. It appears in early summer as unnoticeable light green and yellow spotting on the leaves. Later, the spots will turn a dark blueish-black and sometimes will be raised. The size of the spots depend on which type of pathogen affects the tree.

What can I do to prevent it?

Since tar spot is generally not harmful to the tree, the best thing to do is to rake away the leaves at the end of the season to prevent the spores in the ground from spreading and affecting other trees in the future. Any other maple trees in Dacula should also be raked in order for this method to be effective. Fungicides for trees in Dacula are also available to help treat the area, but are not recommended as the cost can outweigh the benefits.

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Can Beetles Damage My Trees?

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one kind of these beetles in your lawn at some point especially if your trees aren’t in good health. If you spot beetles in your trees, chances are you have a much bigger problem, as they primarily attack trees that are decayed or diseased. Beetles attack trees of all species and deposit eggs that hatch and feed on the roots and bark of your trees. There are two different types of beetles that can cause a large amount of damage. This includes the tree borers and the root borers.

Tree Borers

Tree borers, such as bark beetles (shown below) like to tunnel through the soft bark tissue living in the wood, and destroying water and sap conducting tissues. The tough part of ridding your trees of this pest is actually detecting it in the first place. After the beetles enter the tree, they can become immune to insecticide sprays and also visually undetectable unless you hire a Certified Arborist at North American Tree Service. Usually, by the time the homeowner notices the wood borer, the tree is beyond repair and will need a tree removal in Atlanta.

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Root Borers

Root borers do just that, attack the roots of your unhealthy trees. Root problems on trees typically show little to no signs until tree removal in Atlanta is necessary. June beetle, shown below is a very common beetle that feeds on the roots of a large variety of trees but prefers cottonwood, black walnut, cherry, etc. eventually leading to the death of the tree.

In order to keep your trees healthy and safe from these vicious attackers, you must keep your trees healthy! Here are a few things you can do:

-Tree trimmers in Atlanta can keep dead and dying branches off of your trees ultimately providing the tree with maximum nutrition.

-Avoid driving heavy machinery such as lawnmowers over the trees root system as well as damaging the cambium layer by weed-eating too close to the roots.

-Performing tree removal in Atlanta on any trees that are currently infested with these bugs, preventing them from spreading to other unaffected trees in the area.

- Avoid tree trimmers in Atlanta in spring time when the tree is no longer in dormant season.

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