Dutch Elm Disease

Elm trees can be found along streets all around the country. The reason for this is the elm tree’s ability to withstand air pollution, compacted soil, longevity, and very fast growth. Unfortunately, Dutch elm disease came along and began wreaking havoc on the elm tree population. This hasn’t affected the value of the elm tree in urban environments, but it has resulted in a great deal of vigilance when managing Dutch elm disease.

Signs And Symptoms

Dutch elm disease occurs when fungus invades the tree’s vascular system, which is its water conducting system. Once the vascular tissues are clogged, the tree will wilt and die over time. Wilting leaves that yellow and brown are one of the first symptoms. The branches and limbs may also develop dark streaks.

The symptoms can typically be observed in how the individual branches change or how the lower crown near the root graft changes. While the symptoms can be observed at any time during the growing season, Dutch elm disease is usually spotted in early summer. When the brown streaking is observed, there tends to be no discoloration of the inner bark.

Dutch Elm Disease Management

Dutch elm disease can be managed and our Minneapolis tree service can help you with this management. Root grafts need to be broken between infected trees, certain insecticides can be effective if the elm bark beetle is the reason why the tree is sick, and infected trees can be removed so healthy trees do not become sick. Elm trees can also be injected with fungicides. If a tree is young and Dutch elm disease is detected soon enough, the tree can be saved.

Unfortunately, you don’t have any control over trees that are not on your property, but you can maintain some kind of control over your own trees to keep them healthy. This, in turn, can influence the good health of other elms in the area, whether they are on your property or not.

Contact An Experienced Tree Service Today

Dutch elm disease can be fatal, which is why it is important to address the issue as soon as possible. When you do, you can save your tree’s life. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 1-800-311-3919 to obtain your free quote.