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Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by Coleminer, May 16, 2020.

  1. Coleminer

    Coleminer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    upload_2020-5-16_17-31-56.jpeg upload_2020-5-16_17-32-18.jpeg Can anyone tell me what disease these trees have and if it is treatable?
     
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  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 21,216

    Theyre being girdled like a turniquet for one thing
    The grey stuff looks like lichen
     
  3. OP
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    Coleminer

    Coleminer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Can it b treated?
     
  4. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 21,216

    Lichens harmless
     
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  5. hal

    hal LawnSite Fanatic
    from Georgia
    Messages: 5,279

    Lichen show up usually, (usually, not always) when the tree is in distress, whether by drought or too much rain or environmental or age or insects or malnutrition or......
     
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    Coleminer

    Coleminer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    so in other words there is a underlying more serious issue? The trees have been n more distress the past few years. Each spring we cut more and more dead limbs out. Eventually we will b cutting down the trees themself
     
  7. hal

    hal LawnSite Fanatic
    from Georgia
    Messages: 5,279

    Have an arborist look at them, they look old, might be just age. If they are 20+ years old, things start wearing on them. But have them checked out to see if they are lacking or have something on/in them (disease and/or insect), see if they can do something to strengthen them
     
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  8. squirtnfert

    squirtnfert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    ive been told lichen is harmless but thats alot!
     
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Male
    Messages: 17,504

    Just FYI 20 years for a tree is a drop in the bucket
    That’s not considered an old tree

    where I grew up we had apple trees older than the US constitution (they were planted by Aaron burr) and maple trees even older than that.

    however, I read a report years ago that said urban trees life span is approx 8-10 years before a project, accident or change in zoning tears them out and replaced them.
     

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