What is Bacterial Wetwood?
This flora-based disease, also called slime flux, attacks the center core or bark portions of different types of deciduous trees. The disease is most commonly found in elm, cottonwood, aspen, and willow trees. The slime the disease produces is toxic to the trees cambium layer where the plant produces new cells and therefore may prevent new growth.
How is Bacterial Wetwood Identified?
Bacterial Wetwood can be identified by the presence of yellow-brown discolorations on the trunks, bark, and branches. The areas will appear to be moist and will sometimes be oozing. The slime ooze may have an unpleasant odor and is likely to attract unwanted insects to your yard. When this material dries, it will turn more of a gray color.
Bacterial Wetwood infections are tricky for even the most skilled of lawn care experts. There are not many control options for the disease, but we take an aggressive stance to slow the movement of this bacteria. We will analyze the trees location, soil quality it is planted in, and any other conditions that may be causing this disease to thrive. Drought conditions, as well as nutrient deficiencies, can lead to even worse Bacterial Wetwood problems. In severe cases, we suggest implementing an anti-bacterial systemic injection.