Root rot is one of the most common diseases to affect trees in North Carolina. In addition to diminishing the appearance of lawns and landscapes, this disease damages the structural integrity of trees and often results in early death. Below, learn more about root rot and how a tree care company can help you treat and prevent it.

Symptoms of Root Rot 

Though root rot occurs underground, you’ll notice the majority of the symptoms above ground. Some signs of infection include fungal growths or cankers on the exposed roots and inner bark, dead branches, yellow or brown leaves, defoliation, and stunted growth.

Common Causes

tree care Overwatering and poor soil drainage are the primary causes of root rot. When roots receive more water than they can absorb, the excess moisture blocks out oxygen, causing the roots to decay and die. Once rotting begins, it can spread quickly and can infect neighboring trees. Another cause of root rot is soil fungus, which attacks roots that have been weakened by exposure to excess moisture. 

Treatment & Prevention

If you suspect root rot, ask a tree care service to remove the affected roots. Additionally, they may apply chemicals, such as chloropicrin or methyl bromide, to the base of the infected tree to slow the spread. If the disease has progressed, your arborist may need to remove the tree to keep the infection from spreading to other healthy root systems. 

If you are worried about root rot or live in a wet climate, select disease-resistant trees, such as magnolias, bald cypresses, and Japanese maples, as you plan your lawn and landscape design. Plant them in well-drained soil or raised beds, and do not overwater your lawn. Tree care professionals suggest digging trenches to collect excess water and keep it from pooling around trees. 


Keep your trees healthy and your outdoor areas beautiful with maintenance from Compton's Tree Services, Inc. They provide tree care services, including trimming, pruning, stump grinding, and debris removal to clients throughout Kernersville, NC. Call (336) 993-4069 to report root rot and schedule emergency tree removal or treatment. Visit the website to learn more about how they can care for your lawn and landscaping.