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Identifying Disease in Unhealthy Trees

John Sulzbach, Killingworth CT

The owner of Proper Tree, a company providing arboreal services in Killingworth, CT, John Sulzbach has a varied professional background that includes education and employment as a graphic designer, boat builder, and production manager. John Sulzbach has served Killingworth, CT, and the surrounding area as a certified arborist since his business' establishment in 2013.
Residential trees can be affected by fungal or bacterial diseases, which can be prompted by such factors as weather conditions, geography, soil, or the health of surrounding flora. Homeowners can identify disease in their trees in a number of ways.
1. Discoloration of the tree's leaves, in the form of brown and yellow spots, can be an early indicator of disease. These dead or dying sections can speak to the presence of bacterial blight.
2. If the tree seems to be growing less vigorously than before, or is no longer producing fruit, this may be a sign of root rot. Roots carry nutrients to the tree; if they are damaged, they cannot deliver the food required for healthy growth.
3. Soft green "knots" developing on twigs and branches can be a sign of black knot. The green growths will turn black, with a cork-like consistency, and the branch beyond the growth will often die.
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