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The Selby Area’s Go-to for all Forms of Tree Surgery

Some of the most common reasons our tree surgeons are called out for work in Selby and wider Yorkshire relate to tree and leaf disease. There are countless varieties of each, but some are more common than others. Being the Selby area’s go-to for all forms of tree surgery, it goes without saying we encounter them regularly, while carrying out tasks like hedge cutting and stump grinding. On this page, we’ve provided some information on the diagnosis of some of the most common tree and leaf diseases suffered by plants in the UK.

Diagnosing and Dealing with Tree and Leaf Disease in Selby

If you live in or around Selby and you’ve noticed anything unusual going on with your plants or trees whatsoever, then we urge you to get in contact with us. Whatever it is could be an early sign of tree or leaf disease. We’re happy to issue free advice and no-obligation quotes, so don’t feel that you’ll be required to sign on the dotted line for immediate tree surgery; we won’t employ pushy “sales” tactics and will speak to you in layman’s terms.


The conditions detailed below are a drop in the ocean when compared with how many there are overall, and many can only ever (realistically) be diagnosed by experienced and qualified tree surgeons who know what to look out for. Our tree surgeons will be able to diagnose the disease and take action to save your plant/tree or, if it isn’t saveable, then prevent it from spreading to nearby foliage via reactive tree surgery solutions like hedge cutting, tree felling and stump grinding.


Honey Fungus – An umbrella term that refers to a number of Armillaria fungi, honey fungus attacks and kills trees fairly indiscriminately. Most of the time, the only tree surgery honey fungus calls for is a fast and efficient felling, followed by stump grinding. Symptoms include decaying roots, a white fungus growing on the wood or the sudden death of roots/foliage. During autumn, affected trees will often sprout clumps of honey-coloured toadstools, hence the name of the disease.


Other symptoms include a tree sprouting smaller or paler-than-average flowers, an early “autumn colour”, and the tree’s stem cracking or bleeding. If you spot this deadly form of tree disease, we urge you to contact us immediately. It’s unable to survive in the soil when detached from its food source, the tree. Immediate tree surgery (felling and stump grinding) will prevent it from spreading and infecting/killing off more trees.


Powdery Mildew – Often encountered when carrying out hedge cutting for our many repeat clients around Selby, powdery mildew targets laurel leaf hedges/trees and takes the form of a visible white coating that grows over leaves. The tissue under the powdery mildew goes brown and falls out, leaving ugly holes in the leaf.


Although fairly innocuous and certainly very common, there are chemical fungicides on the market that are specially formulated to banish powdery mildew. You can also carry out light hedge cutting or trimming to remove affected leaves and encourage new growth of healthy leaves and foliage. If you’d rather have our experienced tree surgeons deal with the problem, don’t hesitate to call us.


Acute Oak Decline – Affecting mature English/sessile oak trees over the age of 50 (and occasionally younger trees), acute oak decline manifests itself in the form of black weeping patches on stems/trunks, splits and fissures in the bark, necrotic tissue under bleed points, larvae that sit between the inner and outer bark and thinner foliage.


While tree surgeons are often unable to save severely affected oaks identified around the Selby area, most mild cases will recover when well looked after. In severe cases, we’ll typically fell the diseased oak and strip/burn its bark on site. This will reduce the chance of the disease spreading. Afterward, we’ll carry out stump grinding and survey any nearby trees to ensure the problem hasn’t spread.

Spotted signs of tree disease or a pest infestation? Call our tree surgeons on 01924 860 062 or

07866 047 522. We’re the Selby area’s go to for quality, affordable tree surgery.

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