My tree looks sick. How can I find out what's wrong with it?

You have a few options to find out what's ailing your tree:

 

1. Call or email the Master Gardener helpline (323) 260-3238 or mglosangeleshelpline@ucdavis.com. Master Gardeners are volunteers who've been trained to help with fruit tree and gardening questions.

 

2. The UC Davis Integrated Pest Management site offers lots of information. Click on "Homes, gardens, landscape and turf - including Pest Notes".

 

3. Consult a professional arborist. Get a few quotes before selecting one.

 

4. If there is a disease or insect problem, you can send in samples to the County Plant Pathologist or Entomologist. They will diagnose the pathogen for free. Click on this link for the directions to send samples http://acwm.co.la.ca.us/pdf/SampleSubmission.pdf.

 

Here’s the general website that has other pest information from Los Angeles County. http://acwm.co.la.ca.us/scripts/pestpdf.htm.