If your tree is infested with ants, then you need to take the required steps to eliminate that issue. Ants travel up and down a tree trunk and vanish into the cavity, where they settle. Because of those nesting chances and the virtual comfort ants have when living inside a tree, if the problem isn’t managed ASAP, the number of ants in the tree will probably continue to rise.
The huge, black ants that mostly are inside of the tree are called carpenter ants. These ants seemingly always draw attention. It doesn’t matter if they’re creeping on the floor in your basement, covering your garden, going into the ground, or going out and in of a tree trunk.
Ants on tree…need to get rid of them!
Ants love stumps and logs, but they also like to settle in trees, particularly mature ones that have plenty of wood that is rotten or dead, wood that should be trimmed off. When nesting, ants use trees with wood that is already decayed because of the extreme amount of moisture in these trees. The brittle and softness of the wood give the ants the capability to set up and form colonies.
The rot might have been caused by numerous factors: the environment, stress, diseases, or other insects destroying branches and limbs. It doesn’t matter what brought on the earlier damage. It creates decay. Once that occurs, the ants can move in and take over.
It is imperative to remember that ants aren’t the ones who are damaging the tree initially. They are just taking advantage of the conditions that are present.
The ants might make the damage worse and stop the tree from increasing its strength, but they are not the reason for the issue itself when it first occurs. When the ants pounce, they nest by chewing holes through the wood. The ants can’t eat the wood. Instead, the wood is tossed aside and thrown out from the nests as sawdust.
The importance of getting rid of ants
While they aren’t the ones doing the damage, ants play a significant role in halting a tree from being at total strength. It is crucial to make sure that ants are kept out of other structures close, like your home or garden, where they can be disruptive and a nuisance.
If you want to get professional help, call a business that specializes in tree care services.
It might have been a thoughtless maneuver with the new mower, or maybe it’s your teenager who was busy texting while backing out of the driveway. Regardless of the reason, sometimes our trees can get injured. Destroyed tree bark isn’t only an aesthetic issue, but it can be a severe health problem for your tree.
Tree Bark’s Function
The bark is the tree's skin. The outer layer of the bark shields the tree from diseases and insects. When this layer comes off, it opens the tree to potential decay and infection.
Also, the phloem is safeguarded by a tree’s bark. Phloem is a portion of the tree’s circulatory system and is vital for a tree’s survival. The phloem transports the energy-rich sugars, made during photosynthesis, through the entire tree. When the bark is eliminated, this flow of food is barred, and the damaged section of the tree starts to dry out.
So, what can you do to help tree damaged bark?
Assess the Extent of the Damage
If the damaged bark is less than ¼ of the total diameter of the tree, then the tree should recover from the damage if you maintain accurate tree care for it.
If up to 50% of the tree’s diameter is damaged, the tree can still survive, but it will have some severe injuries. Even with proper care, you can expect to see some die back in the canopy and trimming might be required. If over half of the tree is damaged, there is a little chance that the tree can live but it will necessitate a technique called bridge grafting. Grafting is not difficult but does entail some knowledge and skill. You should contact a tree specialist to help you determine your tree’s condition and decide if the tree is worth saving.
If the part of the bark that has been broken off is still connected at some point, you might even be able to reattach the whole thing. Put the damaged bark or bark piece back in the same location and direction it was before it fell off.
You will have to secure the piece using a strap or some other material, wrapping it securely around the trunk. This wrap will need to remain in place for at least 90 days so make sure you tie it snug and tight.
If you’ve lived in Buffalo long enough, you will have this issue with your grass from time to time in the springtime: pieces of discolored grass, either matted or straw-colored with a pinkish or white web-like coating that emerges in the early part of spring. It comes up as the snow starts to melt and may continue to spread and grow as long as the weather is damp and cold.
Typically, the discolored blotches start to minimize as the weather get dry and hot. But in some years when the weather is wet and cold, the blotches may stay all summer and fall. The spots are known as snow mold.
What is snow mold? It is a lawn disease brought on by two main fungal culprits: pink snow mold and gray snow mold. As the names suggest, gray snow mold displays a white-to-grayish webbing, and pink snow mold has a pink to grayish hue. We at Buffalo Tree Service have seen our share of grass infected with a fungus.
Damage to Lawns
You probably won’t get snow mold each year, but if you look closely, you will see that it's most profound in the spring after a winter when the snow came early and was heavy enough to cover the earth that wasn’t completely frozen.
When more snow starts to fall, the warm ground under the snow was carrying fungal growth and you are confronted with the results when the thaw arrives in the spring. A frigid winter without much snow is less likely to develop snow mold damage in the spring.
Though the fungal spots you see in the spring are unattractive, they aren’t that serious. As the weather gets warm and your grass dries out, the infected places will slowly green up.
Prevention and Organic Treatments
Buffalo Tree Service wants to help you in every aspect of tree care available. We are here to give you tips, tricks, and helpful hints to make sure that you give all the love you can to your trees!
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