What is Oak Wilt?

Red, white and live oaks near your home may fall victim to the lethal tree fungus oak wilt. Most red oaks perish when exposed to oak wilt, in addition to 85 percent of infected live oaks. White oaks aren't as susceptible to the sickness, but can still be exposed to it. Tree diseases may not be a main concern; however the infection spreads quickly and can harm your property. To remove the disease, property homeowners must work at the first sign of oak wilt. Oak wilt fungus has moved across Dallas-Fort Worth and throughout Texas, but BioGreen Tree Care has the expertise to manage oaks in your area with oak wilt.

How Oak Wilt Kills

There are a few methods to identify and potentially prevent oak wilt early in the oaks on your property. Symptoms are usually obvious in leaves dying early and the presence of fungal mats indicates disease. Live or red oaks may wither or lose their color before the prime of the spring season. This discoloration indicates that the infection has stolen moisture from the tree's leaves and might spread to oak trees nearby.

Some oak species aren't as weak against the disease. Red oaks have the shortest life expectancy and can wilt if neglected. Live oaks generally die after six months, although a few might fight for years. Species such as live oaks grow yellow and shed a large portion of their foliage. Only about a meager portion of infected live oak trees live, and the few that do take on a ragged appearance. This species is not known to foster spore-producing structures.

How Does Oak Wilt How Oak Wilt Spreads

Oak wilt fungus infects trees using. Understanding how oak wilt moves and penetrates your oaks can protect them from harmful contamination and possible death.

Underground Systems

When an oak is diseased with oak wilt, it channels the parasite by its root systems to other neighboring trees. This tight connection helps the trees share water and nutrients within the soil. Although these systems of roots help oak trees during times of drought, but they are more susceptible to fungal diseases that move underground. Grafting can be a manmade or natural process that combines fibers from two or more roots onto one organism. While often beneficial to the trees, it sometimes make trees more vulnerable to disease. As soon as the roots have been exposed to oak wilt, a oak in your area can be patient zero for your whole neighborhood.

Sap Beetles

When red oaks catch oak wilt, the oak's fungal mats grow and open the bark. Sap beetles flock to the large fungal mats that give off a fruity smell. Fungal mats can also flourish on red oak firewood. When the beetles feed on the mats of the infected tree, fungal spores stick to the beetles' bodies. As the insects move from affected trees to the exposed parts on healthy oaks, the disease-causing particles are transmitted to your tree. Mid-summer and winter are the best months to trim your trees because the insects are dormant during these times.

Exposed Landscaping Tools

Similar to the particles on insects, your own trimming tools can carry contaminants from tree to tree. Because of this, it is crucial to sanitize tools with a cleaning solution prior to cutting any new trees. Regardless if you're using hedge trimmers or other landscaping gear, it can be simple to treat a sick oak and continue to the next quickly. There's less work without cleaning, but shortcuts like this create more problems on your property in the long term.

The BioGreen Solution

There are a few measures to minimize and prevent oak wilt fungus on your property. First, remove all the contaminated trees in your proximity, additionally store firewood under cover and far from other vulnerable oak trees. The rest of the unaffected oak trees need a layer of paint over all wounds in the bark. For further methods, root trenching and fungal treatment often assists in the recovery steps. BioGreen provides management for oak wilt throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The exclusive BioGreen system can add strong foliage to a harmed tree. Don't hesitate to treat your trees, our specialists offer a no-cost consultation for any contaminated trees. BioGreen's system is effective the whole year, and we have the qualifications for homes and business grounds across the Dallas Forth-Worth area.

Oak wilt can dramatically drop your property value. Call BioGreen soon at 512.712.6100 for a no-cost assessment.

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