Autumn Tree Care. What are Tree Brackets?


Come autumn, mushrooms and toadstools start poking their heads above ground.  But although these mysterious fungi may look beautiful, they can spell danger for our garden trees.

The fungi you see on trees in the autumn are known as bracket fungi, and are an outward symptom of a fungal infection in the tree. It is often the first time you will notice anything wrong with your tree.

Ganoderma tree bracket on an oak tree

Ganoderma bracket fungus on an oak tree

Bracket Fungus Infection

Don’t ignore a bracket fungus infection in a garden tree. Fungal infection will often weaken the tree, eventually making it unstable. With the strong winds of autumn and winter just around the corner, you can act now to prevent costly tree falls in later months.  As gardeners, we’re legally responsible for the trees in our gardens; it’s important to act swiftly if you discover tree brackets in your garden.

Most infected trees will need to be felled, but there are occasions when the tree can be saved. The sooner the problem is identified; the better the chances of the tree’s survival.

If you suspect you have a bracket fungus infection, then call us on 01483 422661 or use our contact form and we’ll get in touch to let you know the best course of action.

Learn More About Tree Brackets

If you want to understand more about bracket fungi, the following websites are good sources of information:

www.rhs.org.uk

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/