Top Ten Tree Problems
- Lace Bug: Lace bugs target broad-leaf evergreens such as andromeda, azalea, and rhododendron.
Early detection is the key to getting rid of an infestation. Look for yellow-silver stippling on the topsides of leaves.
Mites pose a serious threat a wide variety of plants and can seriously impact the visual appearance of a plant. Mites favor
warm, dry climates and are an extremely serious issue for many homeowners.
- Tent Caterpillars: Caterpillars
can weaken many trees and shrubs, increasing the chance of a secondary infestation. Look for silken, yellow cocoons.
Borers are attracted to unhealthy trees, burrowing in and laying eggs inside the trunk. The best defense against borers is
to keep your trees healthy and unstressed.
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: One of the most common pests,
these insects can cause the death of a tree if left untreated. They leave behind a telltale white wax and target primarily
- Scale Insects: These insects target primarily hardwoods and conifers. Some signs of
an infestation include abnormal leaf and shoot growth, yellow or red leaves, and branch gouting.
Disease: This fungal disease affects deciduous and flowering trees. Look for a spotting of foliage in spring and
- Winter Injury: Even during mild winters, evergreens can lose moisture and be unable to replenish
it. Thus, make sure your evergreens have sufficient soil moisture.
- Weevil Insects: Weevils are commonly
found on flowers and fruits. Look for notches around the edge of leaves.
- Aphid Insects: Aphids
are small and pearl shaped. An infestation can cause yellow discoloration and defoliation.