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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.

If you have concerning trees on your property, call North American Tree Service to have a certified Arborist conduct a consultation today!

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How To Care For Your Fruit Trees

Fruit trees carry a lot of value to a home for many reasons! Most produce beautiful foliage along with producing your own types of fruits are always big property value uppers. These tips will ensure your fruit trees will thrive and produce wonderful juicy fruit for years to come!

Thinning

Some fruits have a tendency to rot when they are touching one another. Thinning is a technique that is commonly used on apple and peach trees. Essentially you will want to aim for about 4-6 inches in between each fruit. This might seem like a wasteful practice, since you’ll be picking off seemingly perfect fruit and disposing of it but trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the long run when your fruit comes in with little to no disease, rot or insects. The best time to start performing this technique is right when the fruit starts to set.

Proper Pruning

Dead and dying limbs play a huge role in the overall health of the tree. Which is why it is important to make sure you perform routine pruning yearly on your tree in the dormant season ONLY. Making sure the company performing the pruning on your trees is reputable is a MUST, as improper pruning can lead to more issues and eventually decline of the tree as a whole. Call North American Tree Service for proper pruning on your trees in Athens, Ga.

Fungicide/Insecticide

Unfortunately, sometimes even after all the previous steps are performed correctly, you may run into some issues with pests or fungus growing on the leaves or the trunk of the tree. North American Tree Service also does regular fertilization in Athens, Ga. along with fungicide or insecticides as needed.

A certified Arborist from North American Tree Service in Athens, Ga will be able to properly diagnose and treat all of your beloved trees correctly. Make sure to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment with an Arborist for an estimate!

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