Identification and Care of White Ash Trees
There is a lot to learn about the identification and care of white ash trees, but by following a few simple guidelines, you can make sure that they live long and healthy lives. First, let's talk about how to identify one. That way, you'll know you're taking care of the right kind of tree. One of the first things you should look for is that they have an opposite branching structure with multiple leaflets. The leaves themselves are usually green, though they do turn either yellow or purplish burgundy in the Autumn. The fruit that follows the Spring flowers of this tree hangs in clusters of winged seeds that turn brown and linger until early Winter.
When it comes to the care of the white ash, the first thing you should know is that they do need to be properly pruned if they are going to remain as healthy as possible. Broken, diseased, or dead branches need to be removed in order to make sure that whatever caused that disease or death does not spread to the rest of the tree. Sometime, you may have to remove some live, healthy branches too, in order to make sure that the rest of the tree gets the proper amount of sunlight and air circulation. There needs to be plenty of air circulating throughout the canopy.
There are number of disease and pests which can adversely affect the health of white ash trees. If you detect signs of any of these pests or diseases in any of the trees in your care, you should contact a tree doctor as soon as possible. One of the most common of these diseases is known as ash yellows. It gets its name for the fact that when your tree is infected with it, its leaves will yellow much earlier in the year than they are supposed to. If there are brown areas on the leaves, your tree may have a disease called anthracnose. Canker along the trunk and main branches is another sign of this disease.
Of course, by taking good care of you ash trees from their birth, you can prevent a lot of those problems from ever developing in the first place. This means making sure that they get the proper amounts of water, fertilizer, sunlight, and pruning, as well as calling a tree surgeon when you spot any problems, just as we have already mentioned.