The other day I was strolling through my backyard and I noticed this tree. It seem to have less leaves on it this summer then it did last year. In addition, it is based was covered with mushrooms. Thinking how odd it is, I took a few pictures of the tree and decided to ask my co-worker about it. My co-worker, Adam, operates a small tree and landscaping business to earn a few extra bucks on the side.
The next day at work, I was completely swamp and completely forgot to ask about the tree. In fact, I did not have a chance to talk to Adam until about a week later. After I finally talk to him and I showed him the pictures of my tree he said that he would come over after work today and check it out.
So now, we are in my backyard looking at my tree. Adam inspect it and made a couple of phone calls, he wanted to call a friend of his that is a license arborist. When Adam finished his call, he told me what he suspected and what his friend the arborist confirmed. My tree is sick. Yes, I said it, my tree is sick. Who know a tree could even get sick?
I ask him was there anything I, or rather he, could do to save it. Alternatively, would I have to have it cut down and removed? I really like that tree it was position perfectly and did a great job at keeping my house cool during the summer months. Adam replied that he was sure, that the next he can come back with his friend, the arborist, and he will give is recommendation of what our next step should be. Not knowing what else to do, I agreed.
Just as we arranged the arborist, Malik, and Adam came over the next day. Malik inspected my tree and proclaims it is infected with a fungal infection. That luckily I spotted it early and the tree will be able to be rescued. Had I waited too long to seek help it would have to be removed. In addition, it would have spread to my other trees. Malik even implied that it could have potentially infected the entire neighborhood. After undergoing some treatment and special attention of course. So Malik whatever he did, weave his arborist voodoo on that tree of mine and now it is as good as new. In fact, I think it looks better than it did before the infection.
I am glad I took action when I did. I was able to save the tree and prevent a plague of infections that would have contaminated my neighbor’s trees. That goes to show when you see something odd or out of character do not hesitate to contact a professional. I sometimes wonder what would have happen if I had did nothing. If I had just simply dismissed what I was seeing as part of global warming, trickery of the eyes, or whatever. After this narrow escape vie decided to use Adam’s landscaping and tree service business for my own yard. Just leave it to the professionals. Last time we needed a removal at my grandparents place in Springfield, MO we used the Springfield Tree Service and they did a quick fantastic job so the pros sure do have their place. I would hate to spend 1 whole month just to remove a full sized Oak tree.