Sycamores make beautiful ornamental shade trees, but even with the most attentive care, these big beauties are susceptible to disease when planted in the landscape. One minimally invasive way to control sycamore tree disease is to clear the leaf litter and plant debris that lands beneath the tree's canopy. When this material is left in place, the decaying material attracts fungi and pathogens that can attack healthy tree material.
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Rake up the tree debris periodically whenever there is significant cover. Sycamore trees drop a significant amount of debris and litter, especially in fall. Keep the area as clean as possible. Rake more frequently if your sycamore has a disease or has developed one in the past.
Gather the plant material and take it several yards away from the tree or as far from the tree as your property will allow.
Burn the sycamore debris or bury it deeper than 1 foot underground.
Tips and warnings
- Never allow tree debris to overwinter underneath a sycamore.
- Some municipalities prohibit leaf and tree litter burning.
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