There are many common diseases that could attack your trees and shrubs if the correct preventative measures aren’t taken. Luckily, there are a few ways to identify the diseases and, if you aren’t too late, you may be able to treat them. Here’s how to spot these common tree diseases and how to treat them:


This is a type of fungus that effects trees and shrubs in damp areas. It is commonly found in areas such as KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. This disease appears as yellow or brown spots on the leaves of trees and can create small holes in the leaves. If it is caught early, it can be stopped by cutting off the affected part. If it is found too late, tree removal is the best option.


Leaf rust

This disease can easily be spotted on the leaves of trees as it is presented as orange and gold rust-like patches. Though this disease is unlikely to kill the tree, it can weaken it. To treat leaf rust, it is suggested that you cut off the affected leaves and discard of them.


Root rot

Root rot can be found in the roots of trees. The great thing about this disease is that it will not spread to the other trees through the soil; however, it should still be tended to as the consequences of the disease are severe. If this disease is not treated it may end up decaying the roots to the point where the tree is no longer stable. A tree with root rot should b removed by a professional.


Fire blight

This disease is given its name due to its appearance. The disease can be identified by the burnt-like characteristics that it gives the leaves it attacks. The leaves and branches will wilt and blacken, with their tips hanging. This disease is a huge risk to the surrounding plants as it could spread by using the same gardening tools between tress. Remove the infected areas immediately when spotted and dispose of them. Thoroughly clean your equipment after cutting the branches.