Prevent Root Rot Before Growing Season

Phytophthora root rot (fungal infection and decay) is a major threat to most species of fruit and nut trees, along with numerous ornamental trees and shrubs. It is often caused by damp soil conditions and poorly drained soil, leading to weak, oxygen-starved roots.  

Symptoms to look out for: 

  • Slower than usual growth 
  • Leaves that wilt, turn yellow, or fall off 
  • Thinning canopy 
  • Dieback and decline 

Treatment of existing root rot infection is typically unsuccessful. Preventive measures such as proper planting and maintenance practices are your best defense against tree root diseases.  

  • Avoid planting trees in poorly drained or low-lying areas prone to water accumulation. 
  • Ensure proper drainage and avoid overwatering. 
  • Hire professional arborists for proper pruning and excavation services to prevent damage within the root zone and protect open wounds from potential infections. 
  • Maintain proper vigor and health of trees, avoiding stressful conditions where possible. 

Some treatments are available that help a tree resist root disease infection by stimulating auxins and chemicals. 

For more information, contact your local SavATree professional today.


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