Spring Insect and Disease Problems Can Destroy Tree Health and Giroud Tree and Lawn Provides Tree Service Warning Signs for Homeowners.

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It’s Spring in Philadelphia and many trees are under attack from insects and diseases that can weaken or destroy tree health. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides tips on how to identify Spring’s most destructive pests and the tree service actions required to keep trees healthy.

Heavy browning on Azalea indicates severe Lacebug infestation.

Azalea, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron are at high risk for lacebugs. Watch for ugly raised, yellow, white or brown spots on leaves or whole patches of brown.

Early detection is key to saving trees from insects and diseases.

As Spring takes hold in Philadelphia, tree insects and diseases are emerging. According to Giroud Tree and Lawn, many trees are facing formidable problems that can weaken or destroy tree health. Early detection and targeted treatment are among the tree service keys to controlling destructive tree insects and diseases.

“As we roll into May, healthy deciduous trees should display a full crown of lush, green leaves,” explains Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree and Lawn and ISA Certified Arborist. “Evergreens should have new buds and vibrant color. The picture is significantly different for trees with insect or disease problems.”    

Sick trees display clear warning signs. Homeowners should be alert for any of the top five symptoms:
1. Damaged Leaves: Chewed, yellowing or discolored leaves.
2. Late or Partial Leaf-Out: Tree leafs out later than others of the same type, has lack of new growth, dwarf leaves or only some sections of the tree leaf-out.
3. Decay: Mushrooms or shelf fungi growing out of the root system or trunk of a tree, cavity or peeling bark.
4. Insects: Signs of insect activity on the leaves, branches or trunk. Heavy hitters for Spring are Aphids, Leaf Miners, Lacebugs and Soft Scales.
5. Excessive deadwood: Dead branches can be a serious safety hazard to people and property.

Ash trees in particular are under attack in the Philadelphia region from Emerald Ash Borer. Treatment is the only option to protect Ash trees from this 100% fatal pest which has destroyed millions of trees in over 20 states. Additionally, Eastern Hemlocks are being destroyed by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. This pest can also be controlled but treatment must be carefully timed for when the Adelgid is most vulnerable

Early detection is the key to saving trees suffering from insect or disease problems. Homeowners concerned about tree health, should contact a tree service company with ISA Certified Arborists. The Arborist will inspect the trees, diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green . Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to diagnose, treat and maintain tree and lawn health. The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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