The hearty loblolly pine tree has attractive reddish brown bark and pale green needles that make this evergreen as suitable as an ornamental shade tree as it is as a timber source. A hearty loblolly tree is a great addition for any homeowner who wants something a bit different than a traditional pine or who has property with difficult soil that might not be hospitable to other types of pines.
While the loblolly is naturally lower maintenance, you still need to monitor your new tree for signs of tree diseases so that you can catch any potential problems early. Calling in a tree care service during the early stages can often help prevent serious damage to the tree.
What are some of the tree diseases that strike the loblolly pine tree?
Annosus Root Disease
The loblolly pine is particularly susceptible to the fungal annosus root disease. The fungus enters into the tree via wounds in the bark due to poor health, storm damage, or sloppy pruning. Root disease can enter the tree at any point but aims for the roots, which causes the tree tissue to suffer significant damage. The root disease can start to cause dieback throughout the tree and cause the branches to be more prone to breakage or falling off. Severe annosus root disease can completely kill the roots and cause the tree to tip over.
It is vital to catch the root disease very early while the problem is still confined to the branches, which a tree trimming service can prune away. Once the disease moves into the heartwood, and then the roots, the tree will likely die and require tree removal services.
Fusiform rust is another fungal pine disease that can cause problems for your tree. The disease causes galls or swollen, discolored areas in the bark. The galls will later burst and form cankers, which will have a darker interior and can ooze a smelly material. All the while, the disease is eating away at the healthy tree tissue in the area of the gall or canker.
An ongoing fusiform rust infection can cause extensive damage to younger pine trees to the point that the tree dies and requires tree removal services. Older pine trees are better at fighting off the disease and the galls and cankers can become largely a cosmetic issue that can be pruned away by a tree trimming service.
A loblolly pine tree is somewhat resistant to littleleaf disease but you should still watch for signs that your tree is one of the unlucky ones to become infected. Littleleaf disease is a fungal disease that stems from poorly drained and maintained soil around the tree. Symptoms include a distinct yellowing of the needles, branch dieback, and massive needle shedding. Older trees, which require more hydration and nutrition, are more likely to show symptoms.
The best way to both prevent and treat a littleleaf disease is to call in a tree care service to correct the poor soil health that causes the disease in the first place. Continued monitoring of the tree and adjustments to the soil and fertilization can help drive out the littleleaf disease before it causes substantial damage to the tree.
For more information or assistance with your trees, consider contacting companies like Troyer Tree Service Inc.