What is Oak Wilt?

Trees throughout the San Antonio, Texas region and the United States have perished from the destructive infection called oak wilt. Recently, Texas oaks have been especially susceptible to the damage resulting from the fungus. Known as Ceratocystis fagacearum, oak wilt targets and damages the water-carrying structures in oak trees. Many oak varieties are prone to oak wilt fungus in some form or fashion, but red and live oaks are more prone than others. Oak wilt treatment works best if you understand the signs the trees on your property display. If you believe the oaks on your property have oak wilt, call BioGreen Tree Care for professional treatments.

Symptoms of Oak Wilt

With increasing power, this contagious illness has traveled throughout many areas of Texas, damaging the preserves we love and lowering property values uniformly.

Different types of oaks react to oak wilt differently. Red oaks discolor very rapidly when stricken with oak wilt, often within one week. The foliage wilts, dry up and turn brown at the outside edges. Leaves at the tips of branches usually wilt before the rest of the tree. This side effect is hard to differentiate from a the usual leaf shedding before winter. After the death of a tree, the hard tissue may form fungal mats under bark. Untreated firewood may additionally foster fungal mats, and should kept from healthy trees. Live oaks grow small and yellowish from a distance, often losing most of their leaves. Although better off than red oaks, a majority of infected live oaks perish. This type does not usually develop fungal mats.

How Does Oak Wilt How Oak Wilt Moves

Oak wilt spreads in a chain reaction from three usual suspects. You can prevent your trees from falling ill by understanding how oak wilt originates.

Underground Systems

Oak trees, in particular live oaks grow in thick groups with close roots. This tight connection helps the trees evenly distribute moisture and fertilizer found in the soil. Although these systems of roots are beneficial to oak trees during times of drought, but they are more susceptible to pests that spread through roots. Grafting can be an artificial or natural process that combines fibers from multiple roots onto one organism. While often healthy to the oaks, it sometimes leave oak species more prone to infection. As soon as the roots have been contaminated with oak wilt, a tree in your corner can become patient zero for your whole area.

Bug Off

When red oaks catch oak wilt, the tree's fungal mats enlarge and break through the bark. Sap beetles swarm to the large fungal mats that emit a sweet smell. The BioGreen experts have also treated these fungal mats on red oak kindling in neighborhoods throughout Texas. Wherever the source, fungal spores attach to the beetles' bodies. As the beetles jump between diseased trees to the exposed parts on healthy oaks, the disease-ridden particles are transmitted to your tree. The sap beetle is inactive in the midst of extreme temperatures of summer and cold of winter, making these are the bets seasons to prune and treat your unaffected oaks.

Contaminated Pruning Tools

The third way oak wilt grows is when a landscaping tool is used on a sick tree and then on a healthy oak tree without being cleaned. For this reason, it is crucial to wipe down tools with bleach mixture prior to cutting any new trees. Regardless if you're using pruning shears or other landscaping tools, it's simple to treat a diseased tree and jump to the another quickly. The task may be faster without cleaning, but shortcuts like this create more issues for you in the long term.

The BioGreen Treatment

There are a few measures to remedy oak wilt on your property. First, remove all the diseased oaks in your proximity, be sure to place firewood under a tarp and far from any susceptible oak trees. The rest of the unaffected oak trees should get a layer of paint to cover any openings in the bark. For further methods, root trenching and fungicide often assists with the mending process. Our team offers help for oak wilt in the San Antonio, Texas region.

BioGreen follows a system that restores a hurt tree's functioning foliage by 50%. If you want to know if your oak is contaiminated by surrounding trees, call BioGreen to get a a free discussion and quote. BioGreen's system is useful year round, and we have the skills for homes and business grounds across the San Antonio area.

Contact BioGreen soon at 512.712.6100 or fill out an online form for a no-cost consultation. Prevent your property value from plummeting 15% or more!

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