Ophiostoma ulmi, less formerly known as Dutch elm disease, has cost the lives of thousands of trees across America, including many in Dallas, TX. This deadly fungal tree disease affects the vascular system of trees and is spread by bark beetles. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Dutch elm disease, but early intervention can help you save the life of your tree. On the other hand, if you have other unaffected elm trees on your property, you may want to consider emergency tree service to remove the diseased elm before your other trees are affected. S&P Tree Service features a team of experienced arborists who can recommend treatment for your tree, when possible.
How Does Dutch Elm Disease Kill Trees?
Dutch elm disease begins its onslaught of elm trees inside the tree. The fungal disease attracts the tree’s vascular system, destroying cells that carry water throughout the trees. Often, it’s already too late to save the tree by the time property owners notice signs of tree distress. Browning and wilting leaves are usually the first outward signs that people notice. First, the green leaves in an area of the tree turn yellow; then, they turn brown, wilt, and fall off the tree. Once you begin to see yellowing leaves, you should contact S&P Tree Service. Your elm tree may need emergency tree service. We can quickly send a trained arborist to your commercial or residential property to assess your tree and determine if it is suffering from Dutch elm disease or another, more easily treated problem.
Advanced Dutch Elm Disease
As the disease progresses, the tree’s limbs will begin to die. One of the reasons you may need emergency tree service is because these dead limbs are susceptible to falling off the tree. Strong winds or a powerful storm system can cause these limbs to fall where they could cause property damage or even injure someone.
It’s often easy to tell that tree branches are dead because the leaves are gone and the branches often feature dark streaks. These dark streaks are a clear sign that Dutch elm disease is present. However, when you contact S&P Tree Service, you can rely on our certified arborists to tell you definitively if your tree has Dutch elm disease. If your tree has Dutch elm disease, emergency tree service may help you preserve your tree; however, tree removal may be advisable depending on how advanced the disease is.
Dutch Elm Disease Treatment
Dutch elm disease cannot be cured. Unfortunately, the damage that it causes cannot be reversed either. Emergency tree service arborists can work to halt the spread of the damage by eradicating the beetle that spreads the deadly tree fungus. To treat Dutch elm disease, it’s important to aggressively remove the tree’s dead and dying branches. These trees must be burnt or even buried.
Arborists may also apply insecticide applications to eliminate the beetle infestations. If you have a number of elm trees on your property, severing root grafts may also be necessary to help protect healthy trees from the spread of the fungus. Your emergency tree service may also deliver fungicidal injections, which may help save the tree.
Treatment May Not Save Your Elm Trees from Dutch Elm Disease
It’s often not possible to save trees that are plagued by Dutch elm disease. This tree disease is one of the deadliest tree diseases in the world. Because it spreads easily and is impossible to cure, the best course of management, in many cases, is to remove the diseased tree. It can be a difficult decision whether to attempt to preserve the tree or remove it. S&P Tree Service arborists can help you decide how to proceed based on the condition of your trees and if there are other susceptible trees on your property.
Tree Removal Services in Dallas
If your elm tree is severely affected by Dutch elm disease, it will probably have to be removed. A dead or dying tree is a property liability. The tree poses a falling hazard. You can order emergency tree service from S&P Tree Service for tree removal and stump grinding. Because our arborists are experienced with Dutch elm disease, we know how to handle the tree’s removal. We will work to prevent the spread of this disease from the dead tree’s diseased limbs. With proper disposal, we can tackle the beetle infestation and prevent the spread of the fungal pathogen. Remember that Dutch elm tree is extremely contagious. The sooner you halt its spread, the better. It takes aggressive management to prevent the disease from infecting other elm trees in the vicinity.
What S&P Tree Service Will Do For You
When you contact S&P Tree Service, we’ll evaluate your tree and create a plan for its removal. We offer crane tree removal services as well as traditional tree removal techniques. On the day of the removal, we’ll bring everything needed to your Dallas, TX, home to safely and efficiently remove your diseased elm tree. Our emergency tree service team can cut down your tree and destroy the diseased parts to stop the spread of the disease.
If you notice that your elm tree is showing any signs of disease, you should contact S&P Tree Service right away. Although it may not be Dutch elm disease, its symptoms could indicate that this disease is present. With emergency tree service, you can possibly save your tree or you can have it removed to prevent the disease from spreading. We serve both residential and commercial property owners throughout Dallas, TX. We’re known for our expert arborists and efficient tree removal technicians. Call us to set up an appointment.