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Insect and Disease Management

Left Unchecked, Tree Diseases and Insects Can Become Major Health Care Concerns

Trees provide a multitude of benefits but they can also be prone to insect and disease problems. Some problems are minor but others can be a major problem or potentially cause the loss of a tree. Recognizing and managing these types of issues requires an experienced and knowledgeable arborist.

Currently, Dallas residents are bracing for the Emerald Ash Borer to present itself in Dallas County. Read one of several articles featured on our website about this invasive borer known to be in Tarrant, Denton and other surrounding counties.

Tree Insects and Diseases

Tree insect and disease problems exist when there is an ideal host (your tree), a problematic insect or disease is present (that likes your tree), and the right environment for the growth or expansion of the problem (not good news for your tree). Some insects and their damage may not cause major health concerns while other insects can cause the loss of a tree. The same is true with tree diseases or pathogens.

We believe in a basic tree health care philosophy that only treats problems which can potentially cause major health concerns or the loss of a tree. We also prescribe methods that manage a problem with minimal impact to our natural world, if at all possible. We only recommend what we feel is needed for a tree as none of our arborists have ever been on commission nor are they required to meet sales quota’s.

The Live Oak pictured on the right shows classic signs of Oak Wilt. To read a comprehensive four-part article on Oak Wilt, select the Oak Wilt Part One button below to begin the article series.

 

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Apple tree leaves with insect damage

Tree Diseases

Some plant pathogens are of minor concern to a tree’s health most years, such as minor leaf spot fungus infections, minor blight infections, or Oak Leaf Blister. Pathogens can be slow killers such as Bacterial Leaf Scorch, while others can be quick and deadly pathogens, such as Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, or Cotton Root Rot. Our article section covers many of these subjects as an educated client is the key to healthy and long-lived trees.

Some diseases happen over time, especially in non-native plants and trees. For years, the Italian Cypress has been the exclamation mark in North Central Texas landscapes. Few trees or large shrubs provide such a columnar element of grey-green evergreen foliage. Landscape architects and gardeners alike have selected and planted Italian Cypress to accent building architecture and to add drama to pools and backyard terraces. What plant selection could be better for providing landscape screening when height is a necessity and width must be restrained?

Recently, Italian Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, has found our urban environment less hospitable than its native Mediterranean origins. Learn more about the disease and insect challenges that come with growing Italian Cypress in North Central Texas.

Tree Insects

Some tree insects may only have one generation in a year or their populations do not grow to large numbers and only cause minor damage, such as a Spring Canker Worm, Tree Hoppers, Leaf Minors, or Lacebugs. In other cases, insects can have multiple generations or grow to numbers that can threaten the health of a tree or cause its loss such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Pine Bark Beetles, or Flat Headed Apple Tree Borer. Experienced consulting arborists know when to manage a problem and when to leave it alone and let nature take its course.

Deciding how to manage tree insects can be somewhat of a challenge. For example, bagworms can be plucked from the host tree as the first line of defense. However, this approach is only practical when the tree is small and the bagworms can be reached. To learn about the do’s and don’ts of dealing with bagworms, select the corresponding button below.

The Emerald Ash Borer, previously found in Tarrant County in 2018, is confirmed to have been found in Denton and Bowie Counties in 2020. This destructive, invasive, wood boring pest of all native species of Ash trees is a significant threat to Ash trees everywhere. They kill their host tree typically within two-to five years of infestation.

If you suspect your Ash tree has Emerald Ash Borers, it is important to have a certified arborist inspect your tree. Learn more in Dr. Mike Merchant’s article in our article collection.

If your tree has pests and you want to leave the task of managing them to the professionals, contact your Aspen Tree Service certified arborist. He or she will design an insect management plan to fit your specific needs.

 

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CUSTOMER Testimonials

Aspen Tree Service
4.9
Based on 113 reviews
Horrible, Horrible service. Scheduled tree trimming with Aspen and they arrived on time on the 16th of May, but it was starting to rain and they said they would reschedule. After waiting a week (of dry weather), I had not heard from Aspen and contacted them. After that it was a series of broken appointments and promises that lasted until June 12th. Finally I was tired of this and told them tomorrow or cancel. I canceled.
Aspen was great help! They even quoted for more business!!
Excellent experience !!!! We love these people. Everything was smooth and prompt from getting a quote, scheduling and completing the work. Very thorough in the work they did and respectful of our property. Appreciate the truckload of mulch too! Great work ethic and very professional. Appreciate their enthusiasm for keeping our beloved trees healthy!
I was extremely satisfied with the work done by Aspen Tree Service. Very knowledgable and courtesy. Great to work with and will use in the future. Highly recommended.
Mike was awesome coming out and helping my parents with figuring out what to do with the two trees that have that needed to be removed. He educated us about different ways to remove the trees and also other tree services they offer.My parents are happy with the pricing and looking to get the trees removed later this year.Thank you Mike!
Aspen Tree Service was great to work with from the quote, scheduling and work being performed. Would call them again!
First class operation. Show up on time andvery friendly to deal with
Wonderful tree service! They had a tricky job getting down our 2 trees between our house and the neighbor’s. But they did it and then ground the stumps down really well. They are very knowledgeable about trees and their care. I definitely will be using them again.
Truly great experience with Aspen tree service today! Spoke with Mike a few weeks ago during a move into my new home. We set up a time for an estimate. We came to an agreement on a very fair price an set the date. Crew came by at 8:30. Did some strategizing and got right to work. They were done by 12:15 including a very thorough cleanup. Can't even tell they were here. Great crew of very knowledgeable employees. Will most definitely use them again, and refer them to others. Well done, one and all!!
I have used Aspen tree service several times. they are very professional and really know their stuff. They have done a large take down at my mom’s house and routine work for us. I have a couple trees with large broken limbs after the recent rain and I called them to take care of this damage as well. Thank AJ and team.
Tim, AJ, the crew, and the couple who came out to grind the stump were all top notch. The pricing was very fair for the amount of work required, they used remaining billable hours to cut down some shrubs we had in the front and back, and I would recommend them to everyone. We are very happy with the results and professionalism!
Third time I've used Aspen Tree Service. Great work done quickly and professionally!
Thank you Mr. Tim for taking the time to visit and provide superior work on our tree. Your personality, character & above all, your professionalism was exceptional. Also special thanks for Dianna for your prompt assistance from the start to finish. Was a pleasure working with you. Thanks a bunch for making our property look spectacular. 😊
I have used Aspen Tree Service multiple times and highly recommend them. Most recently, when a tree toppled on my roof on a early Sunday morning, they arrived by 9AM to start the removal. Although removing the caught limb involved endangering a large picture window, the Aspen workers were able to do so with no damage. Their workers are professionals and always clean up impeccably when finished.
Aaron and the rest of the Aspen crew did a good job for me. They efficient, complete and clean. I would use them again.
Great experience. The crew was prompt, efficient & courteous.
They did a great job at a reasonable price.
The Aspen Tree Service crew exceeded my expectations. They were prompt, professional, courteous & affordable. They also did a great job of making sure that my yard was thoroughly cleaned up after the service was completed. I highly recommend them for any tree service!
I have known these guys for a long time. AJ Morris and Tim Waswick own the company. They are the real deal! These guys are efficient and have great relationships with all of their customers. They are very good at what they do. Their pricing is competitive as well! Michael Bruce is most likely the guy you will deal with if you need an estimate. He has over 14 years of customer service and it shows! Now, when you call in with questions you'll probably end up talking to the office manager Diana. She's extremely helpful! She was able to help me out with all my questions! If you have some trees in the way of your house or in your life, you'll want to give these guys a call!
After having issues with a tree on my property, I reached out to Aspen tree service to see if they could give me some advice on how to manage the tree. They were knowledgeable and efficient. After trimming off all the dead branches and doing some root work my tree has never looked better. I would definitely recommend for any future tree work!
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