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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.

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Why Is My Newly Planted Tree Dying?

Whether its a new tree or you decided to move a tree you already planted in your yard, planting a tree in a new area can cause a lot of adverse reactions for a number of reasons.

Root Bound

Most of the trees you’ll find at nurseries are root bound from being in small containers. This means, as the tree has grown the roots have conformed to the shape of the container, becoming bound together and unable to separate, depending on the severity. You want to make sure to try and shake these roots out and release the roots from each other before planting the tree to prevent root girdling in the future. Sometimes, trees that are so badly root bound will not survive. If your not sure if a tree has become too root bound to survive, call the tree experts at North American Tree Service to transplant the tree for you.

Transplant Shock

When your moving a tree from one spot to another, or from a container into the ground, it’s best to make the transition as smooth as possible to prevent the tree from going in to shock. Good soil, lots of water and mulching 5 inches away from the trunk will ensure the tree gets a healthy start. However, if you notice yellowing of the leaves or the tree dropping leaves, it’s best to call a tree expert at North American Tree Service to inquire for a free estimate on your trees in Grayson, Ga. as the tree could need more intensive care such as a fertilization.

Over-pruning

Young trees do not have the capacity to heal themselves from improper or over pruning as a mature tree would. Some trees you might find grow a little funky in their first year but it is best to properly prune them in their dormant season. Make sure to have a tree trimmer in Grayson, Ga. such as North American Tree Service perform the actual prunes on your trees as this can be detrimental to the trees health. Removing the dead or dying branches is necessary though, so the tree isn’t using all of its nutrients to repair a dead branch, allowing it to direct the nutrients in the proper direction for the tree to flourish.

If none of these apply to your tree’s condition, don’t panic! Call a professional tree service, North American Tree Service for more information on how to move forward with the tree in it’s condition. Try to avoid re-planting until you talk to a certified arborist in Grayson, Ga. to prevent the tree from going into an additional shock.

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