Several common defects can cause a tree to not grow to it’s potential, or even cause the tree to die. Some of these common defects can be prevented, some can be managed, and some are fatal to the tree. Let’s take a look at some of the most common tree defects in South East Queensland.

1. Fungal Diseases

Tree fungal disease is one of the most common tree problems that our team come across here on the Gold Coast. Fungal infections in trees can start at one tree and quickly move to the surrounding trees because of the airborne nature of fungal spores. For fungal diseases, it is essential to get proper professional tree advice from a certified arborist. The arborist can advise on the best course of action for the tree; which may be as simple as careful pruning of affected limbs.

2. Trees that lean

Leaning trees may look comical, but they are no launching matter. If your tree is on a lean, it is first essential to understand why. Sometimes trees lean because they are growing in the direction of the available sunlight, other times they start to lean when the roots are infected or when there are soil issues, such as too much moisture in the soil. Each of these causes will require a different solution. Often trees that are leaning because they are trying to get sunlight need bracing to make sure they are stable. It is also essential to make sure they are not going to damage property or other parts of the landscape should they continue to grow on a lean.

For both soil issues or infected roots, it is wise to consult an arborist who can give specific advice on how to remedy the situation and limit the damage to the tree.

3. Pest Infestation

Here on the Gold Coast and in the surrounding areas, pest infestation in trees is a big problem. Borers make their homes in trees and can be difficult to remove. Professional advice and management is often the only way to ensure that borers are eradicated from the local environment.

4. Heavy Canopy

A beautiful, thick canopy can look great, but if the trunk of the tree is not strong enough, it may be susceptible to storm damage. Crown thinning is a professional tree service that is carried out by a professional arborist and ensures that the visual appeal of the tree is maintained whilst the tree is restored to full structural integrity.

5. Frequent Leaf Shedding

Leaf drop can be seasonal, depending on the type of tree; however, it can also be an indication of not enough moisture. This is especially true in the drier months and during drought conditions. Whilst storms may still roll through, the amount of rain that they bring may not be enough to help your tree withstand the harsh temperatures of summer.

6. Lack of nutrients

A lack of nutrients in the soil, such as magnesium, nitrogen and potassium, can cause all sorts of problems for your trees. A tree’s growth can be stunted, the foliage can be discoloured or drop easily, or the tree may be intrinsically weak. If a good sea-weed based fertiliser does not fix the problem, it is best to call the arborist who can diagnose the exact cause of the tree defect.

Who do you call for professional tree services? 

The arborist, of course.

For all your professional tree care needs, whether it be the diagnosis of a tree defect, management of fungus or borers, or advice on how to manage a tree that is not thriving a qualified arborist is the licensed professional that can assist you. 

At King Landscapes, our team of arborists have up to level 8 professional qualifications. This means that they can diagnose and treat your trees, provide professional advice and monitor or provide ongoing maintenance services to help your trees to thrive.

Get in touch with the team at King Landscapes on 07 5530 2177 to arrange an obligation free quote to assess any defects that may be affecting your trees.