Maple Trees dying

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by jokatico, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. jokatico

    jokatico LawnSite Member
    from maine
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    Does anyone know what is killing maple trees in New England(Maine)? Last year I had one die on a customers property now it is happening to the one in my yard. The tree starts losing the leaves on the top branches then slowly loses all the leaves. Help!
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you sure it's dying, or just dropping leaves from stress? It has been so dry everywhere that alot of trees are dropping alot of leaves.
     
  3. jokatico

    jokatico LawnSite Member
    from maine
    Posts: 31

    It's definitely dying. If my tree follows my customers tree, it will be dead by next summer. Last year I paid Tru-**** to do an Insect and disease and Fert. on my customers property, What a waste of money. I just noticed clumps of little winged bugs on the bark of the tree. Could they be killing the tree.
     
  4. SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, I Just Read About Those Long Horned Asian Beatles That Came Here In Crates From China. Call A Tree Surgeon And If He Finds Them The Us Agriculture Department . . The Tree Will Have To Be Taken Down If It Is Infested, It Is Federal Law .
     
  5. SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
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    Could It Be Termites Or Carpenter Ants ? Better Get A Clear Plastic Container And Capture A Few Of The Suspects For Identification ...........again As In Another Post I Did I Am The Last Defender Of Chem**** But The Arent Always To Blame. A Lot Of Insects And Diseases Just Cant Be Prevented Or Treated.
    Call A Local Reputable Tree Surgeon For A Professional Opinion Or A Local Agricultural Extension Agent........dont Keep Guessing.
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Alot of times these guys won't even charge to do an estimate. They can give you a diagnosis. Many of them say. "Why lose a tree when estimates are free." Also, take some pics, go onto arborsite.com, and post them. There are guys on there who are amazing with their knowledge. Of course if you figure that's all they do and have done for several years...
    I know they've been a big help to me in the past. Great bunch of guys.
     
  7. jokatico

    jokatico LawnSite Member
    from maine
    Posts: 31

    I never claimd that Chem**** killed the tree, but all they seemed interested in was making money. In early summer when the last of the leaves fell off, I still got a call for an Insect and Disease application. I have made several phone calls to tree companies, but everyone seems to busy to look at the tree unless I want to cut it down. I have been looking for a local tree specialist to get some help. One arborist I talked to last year was all for saving a tree instead of just chopping it down. ArboristSite.com here I come.
     
  8. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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    why would anyone have a lawn fert. company fertilize there trees? it truely does baffel me. i've had plant id and the arbosist class in college, and from my experience and from what i learned in class insects and diseases on trees and shrubs can be prevented just like on turf.
     
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like a beetle infestation,your neigbors trees bred them,fed them now the new generation has flown to and infested yours.No cure by now it's too late the damage is done it will have to be removed and the wood immediately covered up.It's relly best to wait tell winter when the beeles are't so active and have the tree taken down then.
     
  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Maples are also shallow rooted compared to most other deciduos trees.
    Shallow rooting = more chance tree will go downhill after insect attack, dry conditions, etc.
     

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