Trees can become ill just like people and animals. Bleeding cankers is one common in trees in the pacific northwest. Every now and then, our tree removal service spots bleeding cankers on a dead or decaying tree. In the following paragrpahs we’ll inform you about the disease and how you can prevent it.
Bleeding cankers is a type of tree disease that manifests as lesions which oose fluid through the bark. The disease can be caused by a number of factors, such as bacteria and fungus growth, or tree wounds from insects or improper pruning. Chestnut trees are especially prone to bleeding cankers, with the lesion typically appearing near the base of the trunk. Willow, beech, maple, and oak trees are also susceptible to bleeding cankers.
Treatment requires professional tree servicing. An inspector first needs to diagnose the cause of the canker. Treatment may include an injection of phosphorous acid to help slow the growth of the lesions.
In any case, prevention is the best course of action. The key is to boost the tree’s natural defense system. A combination of factors, such as proper pruning, mulching, and soil care all aid in keeping the tree healthy. A professional tree service may also administer a trunk injection or soil spray of potassium phosphate to boost the tree’s immune health.
With the right care, most trees do recover. Immediately calling emergency tree removal because you spotted a lesion is not necessary. However, the presence of lesions is not a symptom you should ignore.
Most trees are self-sufficient, though they do require human intervention from time to time. Bring in Pro-Cut Tree Service to care for a tree exhibiting oozing lesions. Bleeding cankers are a sign that your tree’s immune health is compromised.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area