‘Holes or spots on leaves of a tree can tell if it is diseased or not’

‘Holes or spots on leaves of a tree can inform whether it is diseased or not’

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4 days after a 250-year-old heritage tree collapsed contained in the premises of Carmel Convent Faculty in Sector 9, killing a 16-year-old and injuring a number of others, a Chandigarh-based tree skilled defined that determing if a tree was diseased or not may very well be achieved by virtually everybody by checking its leaves.

Dr Harjit Singh, who holds a PhD in Botany and can also be has a Masters diploma in Landscaping, additionally acknowledged that the duty of sustaining bushes was totally that of the Horticulture Division of the Administration.

Singh, who retired as an government engineer of the Horticulture Division of the UT Administration, advised The Indian Categorical, “Generally the drying of leaves or shedding is taken into account as a pure phenomenon. For a typical man, the one signal to look out for in a tree is that if its leaves have holes or spots. Recognizing in leaves occur when a tree is diseased. Accordingly, assist will be sought from an skilled and remedy began.”

Singh additionally stated {that a} tree will get hole when there’s an assault by a stem borer — any insect larva, or arthropod, that bores into plant stems. Assault by a stem borer typically results in decaying of a tree.

“A skinny mud like line contained in the trunk can provide us an concept if a tree is termite infested or not with the bare eyes. When a stem borer assaults, a tree begins getting hole from the within and begins to die,” he stated.

He insisted that correct pruning of bushes was additionally essential.

“We simply typically lower a department of a tree or prune it a bit of and depart it like that. It is rather like leaving a wound open. If lower improperly, a tree attracts bugs. It is very important deal with an improperly lower tree, else bugs begin feeding on it or the identical turns into uncovered to

moisture within the air and may turn out to be fungus laden,” Singh added.


Singh additionally specified how international locations overseas like China and Japan have the tradition of getting “tree docs” — who’re accountable for taking care of bushes, give them remedy occasionally and are additionally accountable for their maintenance and upkeep.

“I used to be in Muscat for six years on deputation and even there they’d this tradition of taking care of the maintenance and upkeep of bushes and giving them remedy,” he added.


Dr Harjit Singh, who can also be related to the Chandigarh Tree Lovers Society, stated that he and his colleagues had submitted a listing of 100 heritage bushes to the administration to assist them compile a listing.

“There are various bushes that are greater than 100-years outdated. They’re positioned in faculties, gurdwaras, temples, bus stands. The one positioned inside Carmel Convent college was additionally on that checklist. We had fashioned a workforce that had meticulously travelled throughout town and recognized 100 such heritage bushes and submitted a listing of the identical to the administration. Nonetheless, the administration simply took round 30 bushes from that checklist and declared them as heritage,” Singh stated.

He added that bushes want skilled care else they too decay and die.

For instance, he stated, Gulmohar bushes have a lifespan of 25-30 years and should be supplied remedy after a sure age. He stated that ordinary spraying for fungus and termites should be undertaken occasionally, with particular consideration required earlier than the monsoon season.

“Carmel tree could have been improperly pruned”

Singh stated that the heritage peepal tree at Carmel Convent Faculty could have been improperly pruned, resulting in the incident.

“I really feel that the tree was not pruned proper. It additionally wanted to be handled. Principally the tree was left in an injured state and termites began consuming it up resulting in it collapsing,” he stated.


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