The average home owner doesn’t realize the amount of potentially hazardous trees that exist on his/her property.  Ordinarily people associate a living tree with safety, categorizing dead trees as the threat. Most people never stop to wonder why the trees died in the first place. The culprit? Tree predators. By managing the cause of tree death, many are saving lots of money in actual tree removal. There are many threats to the trees around us, and just as it is important to learn the fundamental rules of a sport before it is played, it is likewise of utmost importance to know the ropes of tree defense.  Let us examine this concept.

One of the first things that you are taught in sports is that the best defense is a good offense. So what is required to develop a successful offense?

Know your enemy.

The Most common tree predators are:


Pine tree killer

Gypsy Moth, Asian Longhorn beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Woolly Adelgids, Bark Beetles, Pales and White Pine Weevils, Spruce Budworm, Tussock Moth, Longhorn Beetles/ Borers, Elm Bark Beetle, and Tent Caterpillars.


Kudzu and English Ivy (in some cases not all)


White pine blister rust, Tanoak death, American Chestnut Blight, Amillaria Root Rot (very common), Anthracnose and Leaf Spot Diseases, Annosus Root Rot, Aspen Canker

Bacterial Wetwood (slime flux) (very common), Beech Bark Disease, Brown Spot in Longleaf Pine, Canker Rot (very common especially in pines), Commandra Blister Rust, Cronartium Rusts, Diplodia Blight of Pines, Dogwood Anthracnose (very common), Dothistroma Needle Blight, Dutch Elm Disease, Dwarf Mistloe (very common), Elytroderma Needle Cast, Fire Blight, Fusiform Rust, Galls on Leaf and Twig (very common), Laminated Root Rot, Littleleaf Disease, Lucidus Root and Butt Rot, Mistletoe (Phoradendron) (very common), Oak Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Scleroderris Canker (common), Sooty Mold, Sudden Oak Death, Thousand Cankers Disease, Verticillium Wilt, White Pine Blister Rust,

Devise a strategy:

There are a variety of products and chemicals that can contain the onslaught of these terrible predators.

A Coach would direct his team to victory based on his experienced perspective of the sport. Likewise, Tree Crews has a variety of adroit specialists that analyze the battlefield to provide realistic estimates of your current microhabitat. In this war on tree predators, we are your private army.

Execute quickly:

Giving a tree’s ailment time to fester is not a good Idea. Tree threats should be treated in a timely manner to avoid further contamination of nearby trees/microhabitats. As with Cancer, the best time to treat is in the preliminary stages.

The Next Step.

Health care that supports the immune system as well as prevention is the most necessary element in creating a tree ecosystem that governs safety for its inhabitants. Trees should be regularly inspected and we should help you make sure that the growing environment is hospitable and healthy in order to save all the time, expense, and hassle associated with some of the above predators.  Don’t hesitate to contact us for further questions.