Deadly tree disease in our area

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — There’s a disease affecting many trees across our area.

Bur Oak Blight, a fungal disease found in Bur Oak Trees, has been discovered in some trees in Albert Lea.

Tests were performed and confirmed the cases.

It can weaken the trees and even kill them.

Local experts say there are some signs you can keep an eye on to see if your trees are infected.

“It typically starts in the bottom of the tree and the leaves dry as it moves up,” Albert Lea Parks Superintendent Joe Grossman said. “Then, there is blotchiness on the leaves or kind of a v pattern on the leaves and they’ll be part dead and part alive, looks very similar to anthracnose.”

He adds trees all over the area have been dealing with the disease.

But, the good news he says is it treatable and can be dealt with.

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