Plant Fungal Diseases





Integrity Tree Services treats for a variety of plant fungal diseases such as anthracnose, needle cast, apple scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust and tip blight. All of these treatments begin to take place in early spring, before it is warm enough to have airborne fungal spores. As Tree & Shrub Care proposal renewals are filtering in for the 2015 season, customers are making sure to sign up for fungicide treatments early to ensure proper timing of treatment. Timing is very important when dealing with fungal pests and most treatments occur in sets of three applications between 10 and 14 days apart.

If you think part of your landscape is subject to fungal diseases, give us a call and we will come out for a free estimate. We will diagnose the fungal issue, prescribe a treatment and execute it depending on the time of season. If a fungal problem is noticed late summer, it is best to wait until early spring the following year for the fungicides to be effective. Not all fungi are bad, but many can cause unsightly appearances and can deteriorate your landscape over time.

Some simple tips in deciphering if your landscape plants have fungal problems:

• Do leaves or stems have black/brown spots or patches?
• While looking up close, do the needles of the evergreens have tiny
black spots?
• Is there a white powdery or sooty appearance on the leaves and buds?
• Are the tips of the plant wilted and dying?
• Are there gelatinous gobs oozing from the stems and leaves/needles?
• Is the interior of the plant dying?

If you witness any of these symptoms or suspect fungal problems, let us know and we will be happy to assist you. Many of these issues can stem from overwatering (such as a sprinkler hitting trees and shrubs every day), dark and thick plant interiors (such as a tree that has not been pruned or thinned-out lately), or if a plant is under stress or is in poor health to begin with.

There are some fungal problems that will persist and deteriorate a tree year after year, such as needle cast. These types of fungal diseases are necessary to treat with a fungicide. However, as a reminder, there is always fungus present in the natural landscape. It is possible for a tree or shrub to have a fungal disease but be hearty and healthy enough to withstand it. We can assist in determining if a fungal problem exists and if remedies need to occur in order to sustain the life of your landscape plants.