Trees can become ill just like people and animals. Bleeding cankers is one common disease that inflicts Pacific Northwestern trees. Every now and then, our tree removal service spots bleeding cankers on a dead or decaying tree. We inform you about the disease and how to spot the symptoms.
Bleeding cankers are a type of tree disease that manifests as lesions that ooze fluid through the bark. The disease is caused by a number of factors, such as bacterial and fungal growth, or tree wounds from burrowing pests or improper pruning. Chestnut trees are especially prone to bleeding cankers, with the lesion usually appearing around the trunk’s base. Willow, beech, maple, and oak trees are also vulnerable to cankers.
Treatment requires professional tree servicing. An arborist needs to diagnose the cause of the canker. Treatment may include an injection of phosphorous acid to slow the spread of lesions.
Prevention is the best course of action. The key is to enhance the tree’s natural defense system. A combination of factors, such as proper pruning, mulching, and soil care all help in keeping the tree in prime health. A professional tree service may also apply a trunk injection or soil spray of potassium phosphate to boost the tree’s immune health.
With diligent care, most trees can recover. Calling emergency tree removal right away because you spotted a lesion is not necessary. However, the appearance of lesions is not a sign you should just shrug off.
Most trees are self-sufficient, though they may require human intervention every now and then. Contact Pro-Cut Tree Service to care for a tree that’s oozing lesions. Bleeding cankers are a symptom that your tree’s immune health is compromised.
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