Trees have a relatively long lifespan, with some species living for 50 years and others living for centuries. When a tree dies, it will begin to lose its structural stability while dropping its branches.
This can create a dangerous scenario for homeowners and their property, which is why it’s important to monitor dying trees.
Symptoms of a Dying Tree
Is my tree dead or alive?It’s important to know the difference between a dead and declining tree. Usually, sick trees can be saved, but a dead tree is a huge risk to you and your home.
The good news is you can help reduce that risk in just under a minute!
Try this quick test: Using your fingertip or a pocket knife, scratch one of the tree’s twigs. If it’s moist and green underneath, your tree’s alive.
If it’s brown and brittle, take a few more steps to inspect the tree:
• Scratch a couple more twigs to see if any are fresh green underneath.
• See if there are mushrooms or other fungi growing at the tree’s base.
• Check the trunk for peeling bark, cracks or splits.
• Look up into the canopy for hanging branches, deformed leaves or missing leaves.
• Taken together, these signs point to a dead tree. If your tree failed the scratch test and you see one or more of these signs, call your arborist as soon as possible look and remove it if necessary.
How to Save a Dying TreeIf your tree passed the scratch test, that’s great! Now the next step is to find out if and how you can save your sick tree. The most reliable way to do this is to have a certified arborist inspect the tree in person and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan.
If you want to learn a bit more about what’s going on before calling, look for these symptoms of tree stress and see what the most common solution is.
Is your tree in trouble? Does it need to be removed? Call us for a free consultation.
Remember that when a tree is dead, it should be removed to protect your property and the property of those around you. However, do not attempt to take down a large, structurally compromised tree on your own! If you need a tree removed or if you are in need any other landscape design services, please email us or call us.
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