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Aspen Tree Not Looking Good? 3 Things That May Be Wrong With It

Freddie Kuhn

If you have an aspen tree in your yard and it is not looking very good, this could be due to many things. To help you determine what you should do below are three common diseases and insects that bother an aspen tree and what you can do to take care of these problems.

Aphids

Aphids, also known as plant lice, are insects that can be found on a variety of trees. These insects are generally orange to red and they damage trees because the aphids suck the sap from the leaves. In the beginning, you will not see a lot of damage, but if not taken care of, the damage can kill the branches on the tree.

The main sign of aphids on an aspen tree is small holes on the leaves. The leaves may also curl around the edges and then the leaves will dry out and die.

There are many natural predators that kill aphids, such as beetles, parasitic wasps, syrphid flies, and lacewings. If you do not have these predators in your area, you can treat this problem using systemic insecticides that are made to kill aphids.

There are also contact soaps and insecticides that you can spray directly on the aphids if you see them crawling on the leaves.

Ink Spot Disease

Ink spot disease comes from a type of fungus that is commonly found on aspen trees. If your tree has this problem, you will notice the leaves are discolored and look like they have ink spots on them. Over time, this will reduce the growth of the tree, branches can die, and bark will start to fall off. This fungus grows best in cool and wet weather.

There are fungicide applications that you can purchase to kill this fungus and treat the tree. This is available at garden centers or online. Start treatment as soon as you see signs of this fungus to prevent it from spreading throughout the tree.

Leaf Miners

Leaf miners are a variety of tiny insects that lay their eggs on the leaves of aspen trees. The larvae from the eggs feed by removing chlorophyll from the cells on the leaves. Removing this chlorophyll is harmful for the tree and will cause leaves to die and if there are a lot of leaf miners, the branches will start to die and fall off.

Some insects that are considered leaf miners include blotch leaf miner, birch leaf miner, spinach leaf miner, and black mine leaf miner.

As with the other problems, you can purchase a fungicide that is made to kill leaf miner insects. If treated properly, the tree will get back to normal by next year's growing season.

Talk with a tree service company about your aspen tree. They can come to your properly and inspect the tree to see if it can be treated. If not, they will suggest that you remove the tree from your yard.                                                                                            


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