Recognizing the Subtle Signs of Common Tree Diseases

A tree is a stable and dependable asset of nature. However, it doesn’t mean that they can withstand anything. Like any other living organisms, they are also vulnerable to the harsh elements they are exposed to. In worst cases, unhealthy trees can spread disease to the surrounding trees or topple over and damage your property. 


At Ballarat Tree Removal, we understand that once a tree has a disease, it will look unattractive and can also be the reason for the death of the trees surrounding it. For this reason, we want our community to know the signs of common tree diseases so they can properly maintain the trees in their area. Let us help you identify some of the subtle signs of common tree diseases so you can easily spot them and resolve the issue before it gets out of hand. 

Reduced Foliage

When it’s winter, it is considered normal for trees to lose their greeneries. However, during summer and spring, there should be healthy and full leaf coverage on your trees. However, if you observe that a tree has reduced foliage, its leaves have browned out, or its greeneries have thinned out on certain spots of the tree’s canopy– this may be caused by a disease. Moreover, if your tree has no leaves at all, even if it is summer or spring, there can be a chance that the tree is already dead. 

Issues With The Tree’s Bark

One of the sure signs that your tree has a problem is when there are noticeable changes in its bark. There can be fungus growing on it and white or black spots emerging on the different sections of the tree’s bark. In some instances, the tree’s bark may also crack, peel, crumble or be too brittle or spongy. If you notice some of these changes on your trees, call a tree professional and let them examine your tree. Through this, you can properly diagnose your tree’s disease and cure it as soon as possible. 

Cracks In The Trunk

Cracks in the tree trunk can be harmless and normal sometimes. However, if you notice that the cracks in your tree are deeper than the tree’s bark, it might be best to find an expert arborist to examine your tree for you. Significant cracks can mean that your tree is structurally damaged. If you don’t resolve the issue as soon as possible, the affected tree can be a great hazard to your property and the people around it. When the cracks are too deep, the only option left might be tree removal. If you need our expert trades people’s assistance, just reach us through the contact details we have provided below, and our proficient team will get back to you immediately. 

White Substance 

If a part of a tree’s trunk is chipped off and a white substance and mushroom or cone-shaped fruiting bodies are forming on its surface, this can be a sign of fungal disease. A fungal attack may look harmless at first, but it is considered one of the most damaging diseases on trees. It can be caused by fungi with airborne spores of fungi from other infected trees or plants. Once the fungi have attacked the root system, the tree can have serious structural problems. 

Soil Problems

Aside from the tree, you also have to pay attention to the soil surrounding it. The soil’s appearance can tell a lot about your tree’s health. For example, if the soil around your tree is cracked or too dry, this might mean that it is not getting enough water. On the other hand, if it is too soft or watery, the soil might not be stable enough to hold the tree in position. Soil problems can be a bit tricky to diagnose and treat, so we advise that you consult a tree professional.