forest diseases

What’s hiding in the leaves?

What’s hiding in the leaves?

Fall is here! It’s time to get excited about cooler temperatures, football and of course, the dreaded raking of leaves from all the beautiful trees surrounding your home. If you need motivation in the task, just think about the attractive trees, flowers and fruits you’ll see next spring and summer. It starts with raking those […]

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Bradford pear under fire from bacterial disease

Bradford pear under fire from bacterial disease

If you have a Bradford pear in your yard, you may have noticed it is adorned with dead leaves and brown and curled branch tips this year. The problem goes far beyond your own front yard though; across the state, Bradford pears look nothing like their normal state as an idyllic ornamental tree. While the […]

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Fungus Among Us: High rainfall worsens tree diseases

Fungus Among Us: High rainfall worsens tree diseases

Rain, rain, go away! Usually a children’s song, it’s also been a plea from many North Carolinians this fall. While this season’s excessive rain is eliminating drought statewide, it may also be the source of problems for trees, particularly diseases. It’s no secret that fungi are moisture-loving organisms. The extended wetness from rain creates an […]

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Are my sycamores sick? Are my oaks OK?

The weather has finally gotten more seasonal, but the past few months were anything but typical. Our spring was cold, wet, chilly and damp. If we struggled with wearing jackets in early May, how did our trees handle this indecisive weather? While trees enjoy the soil moisture, they also struggle with certain fungi that infect […]

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