Is one of your trees suddenly looking different than it used to? Leaning, dropping leaves, and discolored growth are all serious warning signs.  Whether it’s diseased, dead, or dying, a tree in trouble can pose serious threats to your property and personal safety. So, it’s essential to diagnose the problem before it gets more serious.

In this article, we’ll help you determine whether or not your tree is reaching the end of its life. And, we’ll help you decide how to take action.

Keep reading for all that you’ll need to know about that potentially dying tree.

Bad Bark

When a tree is dying, it may first display cracked or dropping bark. This can look like missing sections or large vertical lines running along the trunk.

If a crack is affecting more than half of your trunk, it’s probably time to call in a local tree company for assistance.

Still not sure that your tree is in trouble? Scratch away a bit of bark from its branches. You should see a thin layer of green, living tissue. If not, it’s further confirmation that you have a dead tree on your hands.

Lack of Leaves

If your tree suddenly has less foliage than it should or drops all of its leaves early and suddenly, its health is likely in trouble.

Another easy to read sign of distress is a tree that skips its regularly scheduled fall change in colors or is full of dead leaves that cling to it throughout the winter. In either case, it’s probably time for tree service and professional care.


Leaning trees present a major risk on your property, as they could suddenly fall, causing major damage or even injury. And, according to Consumer Reports, the average claim paid out for a tree that falls on a home is over $4,000.

Keep in mind, not every leaning tree is dead or dying. Instead, you could be dealing with an irregular growth pattern or root wind damage. But, anything beyond 15 degrees could present a hazard and should be removed.

Dead Wood or Dying Tree

An abundance of dead branches and decaying wood is a sign that you’ll soon be in need of tree removal.

Most trees decay from the inside out, so crumbling or soft wood is also a sign that your tree could be rotten to the core. Start by removing dead branches, and then inspect the trunk. If you don’t like what you find, call in a professional arborist immediately!

Pests and Other Problems

Does your tree suddenly have insects calling its trunk and branches home? Not every garden pest is cause for alarm, but some bugs are dangerous to the health of your tree!

Other warning signs that your tree is in trouble include mushrooms and fungus on the roots or base with soft wood behind them.

Take a Closer Look at That Dying Tree

With this guide in hand, it’s time to take a closer look at your potentially dying tree. Check for the symptoms listed above, and take note of any other worrying signs.

Still not sure if your tree is sick or dying? It’s probably time to call in the experts.

Contact Grace Tree Service today or call (765) 419 1313. Our friendly team is standing by to answer your questions, offer assistance with a diagnosis, and help you make plans to move forward with tree care, trimming, or even removal.