Work with the very best. TREE TRUNKS AND MUSHROOM HUNTS; Assess Your Trees for Fungus this Fall By Katie Blizzard Kiedrowski other than the appearance of these fruiting bodies. Left unchecked, fungal diseases can lead to wood rot so extensive that the entire tree may become unstable and fail, so this mushroom hunt is important! Assess your trees for fungal disease in three steps: 1. Ask your landscaper NOT to remove mushrooms when they appear, but instead report them. 2. During landscape walks, especially in fall, look for mushrooms at the base of your trees. H appily, fall doesn’t bring a lot of major hazards to the Southern California urban forest. The hottest part of the year is (hopefully) over and winter storms (if any) have yet to come. The exception to this rule is that fall is when fungal diseases in trees show their ugly faces and make an otherwise potentially invisible problem identifiable. The fruiting bodies of fungal diseases like Ganoderma and Laetiporus appear as mushrooms on the base of the trunk or on surface roots of affected trees. They may appear singly or in groups. Fungal diseases can infect a tree through an access point, such as the wound from a weed wacker, and can cause damage to the structural integrity of a tree for years without any indication 8 | SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY INSIDER | SUMMER 2017 3. Call your arborist in to inspect the mushrooms and create a plan for infected trees. Unfortunately, fungal diseases can’t be cured but they can be prevented through the use of a fungicide. Talk to your tree care company about particularly susceptible trees and whether a prevention program makes sense for your property. While you’re out hunting mushrooms keep your eyes peeled for these things as well: • Clearance issues around buildings (especially roofs and gutters). • Signs of broken or unstable branches that could come down in a storm. • Structural issues such as codominant leaders or branches rubbing against each other. • Soil conditions (especially cracked soil which is an indicator that a tree could fail) and lifting roots. • Unpruned palms. September is the end of the fruiting and flowering season for palms and is a good time to trim those trees if you haven’t already. Falling fronds can cause injury and palm fruit on sidewalks is a slip and fall hazard. Katie Blizzard Kiedrowski is the Director of Marketing and Business Development with Four Seasons Tree Care, a full-service tree care company serving San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties. Happy hunting! WWW.CAI-SD.ORG As one of the few Accredited Association Management Companies (AAMC®), all of our work is focused on fulﬁlling client objectives, providing proactive management, continued improvement of the property, increasing the quality of our homeowner’s lives, all provided in a transparent fashion. Combining our 35 years of experience with high integrity, and a passion for what we do, we help our clients and our team members achieve results never thought possible. We are always improving. We pride ourselves on creating a culture where all voices are heard and diversity is embraced. At Avalon, we focus on building an environment that values and thrives on our diverse pool of employees with the broadest range of talent, knowledge and skills to serve best our communities. Want to know more? Contact us! We will be more than happy to provide you with information on how we partner with you to provide a community or workplace that you are proud to be part of.