Tree Pruning and Removal Can Protect You From These Threats
Pruning or removing trees can offer many benefits to homeowners. Aside, from making your yard look more presentable, pruning or thinning out diseased trees will increase the spacing between the canopies of the remaining trees, allowing them to grow to be bigger, more symmetrical, healthier trees. Increasing the spacing between trees also helps mitigate the risk or threat of your trees becoming infected with western gall rust or various pine beetle species.
Learn about these other threats to your trees
Mountain Pine Beetles
Also known by its scientific name, Dendroctonus ponderosae, the mountain pine beetle is one of the most destructive, tree-killing insects in Oregon. From 1976 to 1985, these beetles caused the deaths of an average of 1 million acres of pine trees each year. These insects attack the trunk of the tree, leaving random "pitch tubes" that are half an inch to an inch in diameter. To prevent them from spreading to other trees, the infested pines need to be dealt with before the middle of June.
Western Gall Rust
This fungal disease is caused by a rust fungus called Endocronartium harknessii. It normally affects lodgepole pines and ponderosa pines in Central Oregon. Western gall rust looks like swollen growths and can be found on tree branches and stems. These growths vary in size and shape, from small to large and round to pear-shaped.