I wanted to reach out to those whose trees experienced damage from Gypsy Moth Caterpillars this spring with some suggestions as to what you can do to help restore vitality to your trees.
The damage to the trees’ leaves caused by the feeding caterpillars impacts the tree’s ability to generate and store energy that is needed to create new growth and thus makes the tree more susceptible to damage from other stressors such as heat, drought, insects, and disease.
To help ensure ongoing tree health after Gypsy Moth damage, we recommend the following:
- Water – water your trees once a week in the summer and through the fall during dry periods. A thorough soaking will help keep tree roots healthy and improve growing conditions.
- Prune – prune limbs that have died to help reduce the risk of branch failure and landscape hazards.
- Fertilize – apply a fertilizer in the fall to provide the tree with nutrients to promote healthy root development and new growth in the spring.
- Identify Egg Masses – egg masses on the trunks and stems of trees now are signs that you will see gypsy moth activity again next year.
If egg masses are found, feel free to give us a call at (413) 525-0060, option “2” or contact us through our website. We can work with you on a plan to take preventative measures in the spring to avoid damage to your trees again next year.