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Cool shade is what you long for in your Texas southern weather, but your shade-giving greenery doesn’t seem quite all right in health and color. And you wonder why your it refuses to mind the nutrients you are pumping it with? In this case, our arborists team would analyze to know, if your tree is the one enjoying the privileges you provide, or if it is any other unwelcome guests; feeding off from the grand meal. Ball moss and mistletoe and 2 such popular unwelcome guests whom you might want to keep an eye on. We, at Value Tree Service in Austin, use our expertise to carry out a thorough search of your trees until we have gotten rid of them for you.

Ball Moss:

Ball moss on tree

All that we want in a southern climate is some cool shade. Nature has its own way of making even this difficult: Ball moss! Not a parasite, but yet manages to ruin your tree’s health. Ball moss is fungal epiphytes; they live on other organisms for substratum or structural support alone. They usually range from the size between a golf ball to a softball. Ball moss thrives well in low light, low air flow atmosphere, and hence the southern shade giving beauties fall prey to this. Although, ball moss by itself does not harm the tree’s health directly; being a living nutrient-seeker and occupying space by residing on the tree, they indirectly harm the its health. Ball moss is airborne species and thus their proliferation is quick. Now, when they proliferate in big numbers and occupy large surface area; they suffocate new bud growth and branch sprouts along the branches or limbs, with the help of bacteria they get more advantage over the nutrients essential for photosynthesis and they also absorb the water vapor from air for their own use.

Ball moss

Ball moss removal can get difficult once they grow in number. Manual removal, fungicides, baking soda to reduce adhering capacity are few techniques practiced to get rid of ball moss. Canopy or crown thinning and pruning are ways that promote light penetration and air flow between the branches and through the entire canopy; this is an effective method that keeps ball moss at bay. Many Live Oaks in Austin battle the problems caused by ball moss. If your tree has been left unnoticed without any pruning or trimming, it would get very difficult to spot ball moss development. A well trimmed and maintained foliage will be a great way to prevent your tree from going down.



‘Christmas time, mistletoe and wine’…Yes, winter is the best season that exposes clusters of green mistletoes lactched on, when deciduous trees have lost most of their leaves starting from autumn. Mistletoe, unlike ball moss, is a parasite that attaches itself to tree limbs. Being a parasitic form of life, mistletoe absorbs water, minerals and other required nutrients from the host plant to which it is attached, for its own survival and sustenance through photosynthesis. As a result, the host is at a loss. Mistletoe attached to trees, cause damage by draining out the nutrients from the it, thereby weakening branches and other parts. Although, the picture here looks like mistletoe might not kill your tree, it is important to look at a scenario where mistletoe grows itself on an already weakened unhealthy tree. The few common species that mistletoe attacks include, Elms, Oaks, Ash and Hackberry. To carry out mistletoe removal in Austin, our professionals trust in both the mechanical and chemical control. As discussed earlier, they include; regular pruning and trimming, canopy and crown thinning, removing heavily infected parts and also replacing infected trees with mistletoe resistant species. For chemical control, we recommend the use of spray containing certain combinations using the compound Ethephon (a plant growth regulator). You can be assured, that the expertise of our team of arborists will be capable of working on your tree’s health after careful estimation of the damage caused.

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