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Is Mistletoe Harming My Tree?

While the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe might seem sweet, the reality of what mistletoe does to our trees in the landscape is not so nice! If you have hackberry, cedar elms or oak trees in your landscape, or if your neighbors have mistletoe, there is a good chance you have mistletoe lurking about.

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What is mistletoe?

Mistletoe
is a parasite. It roots into the vascular system of its host tree to
suck up precious moisture and minerals it needs to survive. If you have
trees weakened by drought, construction damage
or pests and disease, mistletoe can have a much bigger impact. If the
mistletoe is not removed from the host branch, it will continue growing
until the host branch eventually dies off. Once dead, the branch could
cause damage to your home or property.

Because we have heavy
storms here in the DFW area, it’s always important to remove mistletoe,
hazard branches and deadwood before the next storm happens. Branches
that are weakened by mistletoe are more likely to break during a storm
or heavy rainfall.

How does mistletoe get into your trees?

Birds and squirrels
are the biggest reason mistletoe spreads. They move the seeds from tree
to tree as they forage for food, perch or build nests. Mistletoe goes
to seed every three years so it’s best to remove it at least every other
year so that it can’t reproduce.

Is mistletoe invading your trees? Now, while trees are dormant, is the optimum time to remove it.
It’s always best to remove mistletoe before trees bud out in spring.
Since mistletoe depletes trees of nutrients, it’s also important to
fertilize infected trees. Give us a call right away to schedule your appointment for mistletoe removal.

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