Taking care of your lawn and vegetation is an essential part of home ownership. This includes inspecting the trees on your property for signs of deteriorating health. If you find blackening on a maple tree on your property, you may need to consider a consultation with a professional service. For those looking for help with tree health or tree removal in Jacksonville, or elsewhere in the Baltimore area, Keil Tree Experts is your top choice.

What is the Blackening on My Maple Tree?

Steganosporium Ovatum is a fungal infection that causes black structures to cover the tree’s bark. Eventually, the black pustules merge together and form a solid black layer over the tree’s surface.

What Causes the Blackening?

Steganosporium Ovatum occurs as a secondary infection, meaning it attacks already sick and weakened trees. Trees in residential areas weaken over time from de-icing salts, urban pollution, and general disruption to the tree (from pests or pets). Once a tree weakens, Steganosporium Ovatum takes over and eventually kills the tree.

Can You Prevent Steganosporium Ovatum?

The only way to prevent Steganosporium Ovatum is to maintain the general health of your maple tree. If you are already finding the presence of Steganosporium Ovatum, it likely means you will need to remove the weakened tree. Once the fungus takes over, the health of the tree typically rapidly declines.

How to Handle a Steganosporium Ovatum Infection

It’s best to consult with a professional to understand the extent of the Steganosporium Ovatum infection and whether tree removal is your best option. Tree removal can be a dangerous and complex process, so it’s essential to consult with a professional.

Tree Removal in Jacksonville: Keil Tree Experts

Keil Tree Experts has been providing tree removal in Jacksonville and the surrounding area for over 35 years. We have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and take pride in every job. Some of our services include professional tree removal, tree pruning, tree training, insect and disease management, stump removal, direct root fertilizing, bucket truck servicing, as well as snow plowing and removal. Additionally, we are happy to work with both residential and commercial clients for all of your professional tree servicing needs. Contact us today.