A dying tree is a liability. While no one wants to spend the money removing trees that once provided them with beauty and shade, the sad fact is it that it needs to be done to avoid damage.
So, how do you know if your tree is on its way out? There are many different signs a tree is dying. In this article, we’ll tell you what to look for and when to seek professional help.
Why Remove Dead Trees?
You might not give much thought as to whether a tree on your property is dying, but it’s important to find out. Dead trees become brittle, which lead to limbs falling off, potentially causing injuries and property damage. It’s important to have dead trees removed sooner rather than later.
Spotting Signs a Tree Is Dying
So, what should look for to determine if a tree is dying or not? While it can vary depending on the type of tree, there are some telltale signs to let you know something isn’t right.
The Bark Isn’t Growing Back
Healthy trees will shed old bark and replace it with new pieces. If you see big areas on your tree without any bark, it’s a sign that the tree’s health is declining.
There Are Lots of Empty Branches
Another indication of a dying tree is bare branches. If your tree isn’t full of leaves during seasons when it should be, you may have a dying tree on your hands. Some trees will also hold onto their dead leaves instead of dropping them in the fall, giving you another hint that something’s wrong.
You Notice Trunk Damage
Do you see big cracks going up and down the trunk? Severe damage to a tree’s trunk can really hurt its longevity. Look for large verticle fractures near the base of the tree.
Your Tree Has Damaged Roots
If a tree starts leaning to one side or begins sprouting tiny branches near the bottom of its trunk, it could have damaged roots. Because the roots are underground, it can be hard to see for sure, but these signs usually point to roots that have been harmed.
The color of a tree’s leaves can tell you a lot about its health. If a tree has lots of yellow leaves in the spring and summer, it’s a sign that it’s not so healthy. The same principle applies to evergreens with yellow or brown pine needles as well.
Large fungus-like wood conchs growing up the trunk of a tree can be a warning sign. These fungi like to grow on trees that are beginning to rot inside, so keep an eye out for their growth.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
While it can sometimes be tricky to know when a tree’s health is declining if you check for these signs a tree is dying, you should be able to spot any trouble.
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