tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

The Homeowner's Guide To Maintaining A Northern Catalpa Tree

Wesley Perry

Northern catalpa trees are often the centerpiece of a landscape, calling lots of attention to themselves with their trumpet-shaped flowers and lush, green foliage. You may enjoy lounging under the shady branches of your mature northern catalpa, or observing the birds that come flit around its flowers. But if you have a mature northern catalpa tree on your property, it's important that you take steps to keep it in good health. Here's how to care for your northern catalpa so that it stays beautiful and vibrant for years to come.

Have it pruned.

 Mature trees don't need to be pruned every year like young trees since they already have an established shape and are not growing by leaps and bounds. However, you will want to have your northern catalpa pruned every few years. Your tree care expert will remove dead branches so they don't keep leeching valuable nutrients from the tree. This will ensure the tree's remaining branches stay healthier and are better able to resist disease. You may even notice that the blooms become more vibrant or plentiful.

Scatter some compost over the soil.

Your tree has deep roots, so it should not have trouble reaching the nutrients it needs to stay alive. However, the richer your soil, the brighter the tree's flowers and leaves will become. A good way to enrich the soil around your catalpa tree is to scatter some compost over it each year. Just keep your veggie scraps, lawn clippings, and fallen leaves in a pile, turning them over regularly. When they are broken down into a rich, black dirt, spread them out over the soil surface in a broad circle around the tree's trunk.

Make sure your yard drains well.

Northern catalpa trees don't do well if the soil around them gets too moist. This can "drown" their root system. So make sure your yard drains well. If you notice water puddling around the tree after a storm, add a drainage ditch or consider having drain tile installed to get rid of this puddling. If there is a period of drought, watering the tree can help. Just make sure you don't overdo it, and try to avoid getting the tree's trunk itself too wet as this may attract fungi that causes disease.

With proper care, your northern catalpa will stay brilliant for decades. Contact a tree care service in your area for more tips and information. Visit for more information.   


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tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

Do you love the trees on your property? Are some of the trees looking as if they are not as healthy as they once were? Do the smaller trees get enough sun to grow tall? Sometimes, trees can develop diseases or become infested with insects that can cause them to die. If you catch these diseases and infestations early, you can oftentimes save the tree, or the surrounding trees. To learn what to look for on your trees, visit my website. There, you will find a long list of diseases and the symptoms to watch for to protect your trees from destruction.