Blog : Through The Summer Heat And Rain, Suntree Cares
Seacoast residents have been feeling the heat, as a mild winter turned into a fiery and rainy summer. Looking out onto green landscapes, the sun and rain combination would seem a gift to trees. What residents might not know, is that mild winters have made it easy for insects and disease to thrive, and cool, damp springs help diseases to grow.
According to expert arborists at Suntree Tree Health Care, your trees could be suffering from potentially fatal issues, without you ever knowing.
Based out of Eliot, Maine, Chris Kemp and Suntree Corporation specialize in preventative and organic tree care. Well versed in pest control and disease management, they urge homeowners to call for early assistance, as part of their non-invasive style of care.
With over 100 years of experience, the Suntree arborists know what to expect come summertime.
The two most common pests for this time of year are the Japanese Beetles, known for attacking the most valuable ornamental trees and shrubs, and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, a new serious pest to the area that feeds on hemlock needles. While easy to control, they do require constant maintenance of annual organic treatments, or can prove fatal.
Common diseases for spring include Needlecast Disease and Apple Scab Disease. Needlecast infects Spruces, Firs, and especially Austrian Pines, typically during cool, wet seasons. On Austrian Pines, the larvae of small moths often feed on developing buds while infected with this disease. Trees infected with Needlecast will drop their needles to the ground and will not grow back.
Apple Scab disease, as the name implies, tends to infect crabapples, hawthorns, and apple trees. Cool, wet spring conditions foster infections in the leaves, causing black stains and leaf-drop by mid summer.
Providing service to both residential and commercial property, all are urged to call today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Don’t wait for it to be too late, the cost of large tree removal can be more than preventative maintenance.