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There are several factors that influence the appearance and vigor of your tree today. Does your tree look happy lush green? It’s for a reason. Or does your tree seem a little off-color than usual? There is a reason again. However, as a layperson without any certified knowledge on tree health, the first thought that strikes one’s head when I say a dull dry yellowing tree, “Not much water”, and then I’d probably take a closer look at the leaves or fruit and second guess myself, “Hey, that looks different. Maybe something is causing an infection”. The second enlightened thought is what most tree owners have to lean on to most of the time. If your tree watering and manure schedule is going hassle free and yet your tree calls out, “Would you mind? A GOOD look at me I meant!”, in this case, you have probably met a tree disease.

Tree diseases, pests causing the disease, insects and pathogens are plentiful! The list of each pathogen’s favorite tree is also a long one. In our state, there are certain disease-causing microbes and insects that we have to keep a watchful eye on. And this is the most common list that stirs our interest. Any of the following pests, insects and diseases you happen to spot on your tree, reach out to Value Tree Service. We are here to get rid of them for you.


The most common tree problem: chlorosis. Whoever thought of turning all the pleasant green into yellow, when a green leaf bearing plant has been specifically chosen! Chlorosis brings about yellowing of leaves as a result of iron or nitrogen deficiency. Where there is minimized iron and nitrogen supply, this brings about an imbalance in the synthesis of chlorophyll (the green pigment highly essential for photosynthesis). Less nitrogen intake from soil or other nutrients causes chlorosis. Supplying a good amount of nitrogen fertilizers would help in reversing the effect.


Hard round fuzzy balls on your plant or tree; these are called gall, an indicator of bacterial or insect damage. Clearly refusing to stay without leaving behind symptoms or signs, certain tree wasps and bacterial infections cause abnormal growth on twigs and other plant structures. The gall growth on the tree structure by itself does not have any harmful effect on your greenery, other than being this painful stye on your beautiful tree view. Treating the cause, the bacterium or wasp in this context can be the ticket to clear your tree of the gall.


Have you come across any blackish or whitish powdery substance on leaves or steam? That is what the botanists call mildew. Whiteflies that settle on plants, secrete a sugary substance which in turn promotes the growth of mildew. Mildew is essentially a filamentous fungal growth, which again does not have an extremely detrimental effect on the plant. However, powdery substance on plant leaves spells out unkempt! Clearing out mildew can be done easily at home. Soapy water, baking powder or some horticultural oil is quite good enough to wipe away mildew.


The next time you find a cluster of ants crowding around a particular spot on your tree or plant, don’t be discouraged! Make way through the ant crowd and you’ll find a scale infection. Scales are insects that affect plants that are quite often associated with the effects and symptoms of the fungus sooty mould. Scale survives in groups or congregations, feeding on the sap from the plants. Scale infections draw a huge black mark on your tree’s aesthetic chart. To get rid of them, soapy water and horticultural oil could do the magic.

Spider mites:

Spider mites are tiny insects with huge tree killer potential. This insect life starts off by feeding on the nutrient supply allocated for leaves. When this continues unnoticed, the leaves dry out and drop eventually. And yet no one to chase them away? These insects will show you a dead tree. Larger insect species like ladybugs and beetles are natural predators of spider mites.

Southern Pine Beetles:

A silent killer on the pine tree: southern pine beetles. The beetles infest the tree and use them as a host for their entire life cycle, by the end of which the tree would die. The initial symptoms include; yellowing pine needles and yellowish white resin tunnels on the tree trunk. The next stage of infection gives a reddish brown color to the leaves; the tree crumbles slowly giving out reddish brown sawdust (found on webs, tree crevices, barks). Control of southern pine beetle is challenging when compared to the other methods mentioned above. If the pine tree stands on your yard or lawn, effective insecticides are the solution. If the affected trees are large in number and in a forest, controlled burns could be an option.

Regular tree health monitoring is the ultimate wise step that cares for your tree at all times. Tree pruning and crown thinning methods ensure sufficient light and airflow passage through the tree canopy: the most natural way towards pest control!

If you’re looking for a professional tree service in Austin, Texas to help tend to your priceless trees, visit today!