If there are trees on your property, it’s important to monitor them closely for signs of disease. With prompt arborist services, it may be possible to save affected trees and prevent considerable damage from falling branches and toppling trunks. You’ll also be able to stop the illness from spreading to the rest of your landscaping. If you’re unfamiliar with tree diseases, here’s what you should know about some common infections.

What Might Be Affecting Your Tree?

1. Armillaria Root Rot

Armillaria root rot is pervasive in southeastern America and a leading contributor to oak decline. Caused by a soil-borne fungus, this infection poses a threat to both softwoods and hardwoods. Depending on the extent of the contamination, the Armillaria spore can make trees more vulnerable to pests and other diseases or kill them entirely. Signs of root rot include sagging foliage and mushrooms at the base of trunks.

2. Cedar Rusts

arborist servicesCedar rusts are a group of fungal infections that most often affect rosaceous species. The disease agent starts its lifecycle on juniper trees before transferring to plants within the rose family, including crabapple and hawthorn trees. Characterized by twig cankers and small orange spots on the leaves, cedar rusts can usually be eliminated with powerful fungicides.

3. Thousand Cankers Disease

Affecting walnut trees, thousand cankers disease is facilitated by walnut twig beetles, which form cankers that gradually spread across branches and stems. A tree can be impacted for years before showing any signs of illness, but the earliest indication is usually wilting, yellow foliage in the upper branches. Since there are no insecticides that can effectively control walnut twig beetles, arborist service professionals can't save affected trees. However, they can remove them promptly to keep the beetles from spreading.


If you’re concerned about any of the trees on your property, call the experts at Compton’s Tree Services. Serving residential and commercial clients across Kernersville, NC, they have a highly qualified team with more than 30 years of experience assessing tree health. Using only the most advanced tools and equipment, they offer a broad range of arborist services, including diagnostics, trimming, removal, and stump grinding. Call (336) 993-4069 today to request a quote, or visit their website to learn more about their services.