New growth in your yard is usually a good sign. If you thought there wasn’t a sprout you couldn’t love, you find out about mushrooms that grow on trees. Are they bad for your tree? Not always! Many mushrooms create valuable connections with the roots of the tree.
But there are dangerous fungi too, such as honey fungus. This is a particularly hazardous mushroom that grows close to tree roots. Keep reading on how to detect fungus, how fungus harm trees and how to handle it.
Look for brownish-yellow mushrooms developing in clusters at the bottom of your tree or around the roots of your trees. There’s typically a unique white ring around their stems. When in peak condition, they possess flat tops.
You’ll probably see these mushrooms between early winter and late summer. If you suspect it may be fungus, take a deep breath. It’s called fungus due to its sweet smell. Also, search for:
What Fungus Does to Trees
The fungus destroys tree roots. Eventually, fungus kills the roots completely. Since the rot is at the bottom of the tree, the fungus eats the bark and wood there, making the tree unstable. Then, the tree is at risk of falling. Call a Rochester arborist to get a tree inspection to see if you have a fungus issue.
Once fungus invades roots, it’s hard to control. This is why prevention is your best choice.
Avoid things that invite fungus like:
Sadly, mushrooms can’t be treated with a fungicide. Fungus grows underground, so have a certified arborist inspect nearby foliage too. Often, the best course of action is to get rid of infected trees to stop the fungus from hurting other plants in your landscape.
If you suspect your tree has fungus, contact a local arborist from Rochester Tree Care ASAP.
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