Crown rot is a disease caused by a soil fungus that thrives in wet conditions and favors heavy soils. It affects vegetables, trees, and shrubs and it deteriorates the plant’s roots system. It is difficult to treat and if your tree is suffering from this life-threatening disease, it may be too late to save the tree. Contact Keil Tree Experts if you need tree removal in Glencoe, Sparks, Monkton and beyond. Read on to learn more.

Signs of Crown Rot

Common signs of crown rot include stunted growth, wilting, a thin canopy, foliage that turns yellow due to a nutrient deficiency, and dry rotting near the soil line. Occasionally you will only see one side of the branches rotting or the symptoms go unnoticed until it is too late. Young plants are more susceptible to suffer from crown rot compared to mature plants and trees. If they are soft, brown, or if you see black sap oozing from it, they are most likely suffering from crown rot. 

How to Avoid and Treat Crown Rot

There is not much you can do to treat the disease, but you can take steps to prevent it. First, make sure you are purchasing plants from a reputable source and they are not already diseased. Next, avoid excess moisture. Make sure the plant is well-drained and that you do not over-water it. When you water plants, allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before adding more. Rotate vegetable crops every season, apply fungicide, avoid lawnmower injuries, and add organic material such as leaf litter.

To attempt to treat crown rot in plants, you can pull the affected plants, sanitize the area, and use heavy clay soil to help with the draining system. When it comes to trees, you can attempt to remove affected bark and dry out the soil, but it is likely that you will need to remove it.

Keil Tree Experts Offer Tree Removal in Glencoe

If you think that your tree has succumbed to crown rot, give the professionals at Keil Tree Experts a call. We will carefully examine your plants and trees. We provide tree services and tree removal in Glencoe, as well as across Baltimore County. Trust our 35 years of experience providing residential and commercial services to clients all over the area. Click here for a free estimate!