What are the Signs of a Sick Tree?

What are the signs of a sick tree?

The summer months can be extremely hard on your trees. From enduring blazing heat, summer storms, and endless pests, your trees must be hardy to survive. If your tree has become damaged or sick, finding out early on is crucial. The team at 770-Tree-Guy is passionate about helping you preserve the health of trees. We would much prefer to save your tree than have to remove it. Check on your trees using our guide so you can give us a call right away if you spot problems.

Spotting Sickness Guide

  •       Start at the Roots—The roots of your tree provide crucial sustenance to the whole tree. If they are damaged or compromised, the health of your tree will suffer. Look for severed roots or the presence of mushrooms, fungus, decay, or pests.
  •       Look at the Trunk—Examine your trees for injuries. If you see bark peeling off, swelling, holes, dead limbs, black stains, or dripping sap, your tree is likely suffering because of damage or disease. Unhealed damage as well as the presence of bacteria or infestations could lead to your tree’s demise if left unchecked.
  •       Check for Cracks and Splits—A significant crack or split could compromise the integrity of your tree and make it a fall risk. Even if the crack or split is small, it could become a significant problem because it leaves your tree vulnerable to disease and pests. Think of a split as an open wound left untreated without a band-aid. If your tree is injured, you need to address it before the tree’s condition worsens.
  •       Examine the Tree Canopy—If the canopy is dropping leaves at an unusual time or has brown or variegated leaf colors, there may be a problem. For most deciduous trees, the leaves in your tree canopy should be green in summer. Brown leaves are already dead. Variegated leaves are generally a sign of your tree having a deficiency in water or nutrients. Limbs without leaves or V-shaped branch unions are problems to look for as well. Weak branch unions may eventually snap under the weight of the canopy.

If you have observed any of the signs above, reach out to 770-Tree-Guy for a consultation with our arborist. An arborist is a certified tree doctor, committed to the health and longevity of your trees. We will examine your trees and offer a clear diagnosis. Depending on the state of your tree, the sickness or damage may be able to be minimized with maintenance, pruning, nutrients, etc. Our team will do everything possible to preserve your tree. If the tree is beyond saving, we will recommend tree removal as a last resort. We are TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualified) certified so we can accurately assess the possibility of your sickly tree becoming a hazard to your safety. Early detection of sickness is key for saving your tree so be watchful for signs of poor health. If you are unsure and want peace of mind, schedule a visit from our arborist as a preventative proactive measure. We can examine your trees and determine if there are any health issues to address. 770-Tree-Guy is standing by to help– Give us a call to evaluate the health of your trees and landscape!