A new and very serious disease, that just affects ash trees, has recently spread to the UK. If not taken seriously, it can cause absolute devastation in forests and heavily wooded areas.
Called Ash Dieback, or Chalara Fraxinea, the disease, which cannot be cured, causes severe leaf loss and even tree death. Since 2012, there have been over 420 confirmed findings of Ash Dieback in the UK.
Produced from infected dead leaves between June and September, Ash Dieback will attack any species of ash tree and once infected, trees cannot be cured.
Thankfully, there are a variety of visible and noticeable symptoms that can help to stop the spread of the disease, ranging from dead or dying tops of trees to wilting leaves and the staining of wood.
The whole list of possible symptoms includes:
- Dead or dying tops of trees
- Wilting leaves
- Lesions and cankers on stems and branches
- Dieback of leaves with brown and black leaf stalks
- Fruiting bodies on fallen blacked leaf stalks
- Staining of wood under bark lesions
What We Can Do To Help
We would urge everyone to be on the lookout for the symptoms of Ash Dieback. If you spot any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will visit your home or commercial property as soon as possible to try and limit the effects of the disease on surrounding trees by removing fallen leaves and cutting back infected trees and branches.
By spotting it early, we can restrict the spread of the disease and prevent it from infecting the surrounding trees or even the entire forest.
Our vast experience and knowledge enables us to work quickly whenever we are notified of Ash Dieback and we take pride in the fact that we have helped many homeowners across Kent prevent the greater spread of this very serious and tree threatening disease.