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June 2013 

            Trees frame a landscape and give it depth and definition. They provide shelter, shade and protection to a home, and add significant value. And because trees are the most permanent elements of your landscape, it's important that you choose the right trees for the right location, and ensure that they stay healthy.
You've Got to Identify Your Trees' Enemies

Before You Can Win the War

How to identify your trees' enemies  
            At Aloha Arborist, we've been taking care of trees and
keeping them beautiful for more than 20 years. We know the many different diseases and insects that affect trees and how to control them. If they are not controlled, they can do significant damage. Following is a listing of some of the tree diseases and insects that are prevalent, and how to spot them:

*  Anthracnose attacks sycamores and many oaks. It generally appears first as small, irregular yellow or brown spots. 

*  Oak Wilt is one of the most serious tree diseases. Leaves on diseased trees develop yellow veins that eventually turn brown. The tree may begin to rapidly defoliate. Dutch Elm Disease and Verticillium Wilt exhibit similar symptoms. 

*  Cottony Maple Scale, found primarily on maples and lindens, is

Cottony Maple Scale
actually a scale insect. It produces a white, cotton-like mass that resembles popcorn, many of which line up on the branches and twigs.

*  Magnolia Scale, another scale insect, begins as an over-wintering nymph that is

dark gray-black and clusters together in large numbers on branches. 

*  Emerald Ash Borers are beetles, and the adults are bright metallic-green beetles with flat backs and about 1/2" long.   

*  Honeylocust Plant Bugs are leaf-eating bugs which can cause

Honeylocust Plant Bugs
the tree to appear in decline and die back. 
*  Japanese Beetles are metallic-green leaf eating insects that prefer Lindens, Purple Plums and White Birch.

*  Bagworms are most prevalent on Spruce

and Arborvitaes and can be identified by their small cocoons that dangle from limbs. 

 *  Gypsy Moths are very colorful caterpillars with five pairs of blue dots and six pairs of red dots down their backs. They eat the leaves of Oaks.

Environmental Stresses
            Besides these diseases and destructive insects, your trees may also be exhibiting symptoms from environmental stresses such as improper planting, root girdling, standing water, drought, or even disturbances from construction.
            At Aloha Arborist, we are skilled at identifying the root cause of a tree's distress or decline, and can respond with the appropriate solution, such as preventative fungicides, contact insecticides or systemic injection, just to name a few. 
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Elliott Kraus, Certified Arborist  
Elliott Kraus
Aloha Arborist, LLC
Owner | Arborist
914- 299-4543 
PO Box 362 North Salem, NY 10560 
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