4 Signs of a Dying Tree

4 Signs of a Dying Tree

October 15, 2021

Trees are important in any landscape, as they provide shade, privacy, wind protection and more. Proper tree care is essential for preserving the trees in your landscaping, but how do you know if your tree is dying? Equally as important: How do you bring a dying tree back to life?

Read on to get all the information you need to know to preserve your trees and the overall appearance of your landscaping.

Flaking, peeling bark

Bark is like the skin of a tree, and you can tell a lot about the health of a tree just by inspecting the bark. If you’re noticing flaking and peeling bark on any of your trees, it’s a clear sign they aren’t receiving enough nutrients and may potentially be dying. While you should always speak with a qualified arborist if you notice this problem, you can try to save the tree yourself by watering areas that are missing bark. Then, tape the bark back to the tree until it reattaches.

In some cases, bark loss can be caused by a serious infectious condition. Unfortunately, the infection could easily spread to other trees nearby. It’s always wise to speak with a professional arborist whenever you see significant bark loss, as they can determine whether infection has taken hold and the steps you should take to get it under control.

Rot and fungus

How do you know if your tree is dying? If you see unexpected leaning, mushroom-like growth on the trunk or excessive dead branches littering the ground, your tree may be rotting from within. Also, look for wilting or browning during spring and summer—this is a sign that fungus is affecting the tree. These problems require immediate evaluation by an experienced arborist. Your arborist will determine whether it’s worth trying to save the tree or if it’s simply too far gone.

Cuts or splits

Inartful pruning and trimming is one of the leading causes of tree death. Large cuts, splits and torn branches are open wounds on a tree, and they’re difficult to recover from. Lightning strikes and wind are another cause of trauma, splitting trees from top to bottom and ripping branches from the trunk. In most cases, it’s unlikely that a tree with extensive trauma will survive. Check with your arborist to determine the best course of action.

Termites and pests

Pests are a tree’s worst enemy. From termites to beetles and ants, there are many harmful pests that can kill a healthy tree. It’s best to catch pests early before they compromise the structure and stability of a tree. Reach out to your local arborist if you notice tiny holes in the wood or shavings near the base of trees, as these are typically the first signs of an infestation.

The best way to bring a dying tree back to life is by taking immediate action. If you’re concerned about the health of your trees and you’re noticing any of the signs and symptoms described above, don’t hesitate to reach out to a trusted arborist. Neumann & Sons Tree Service can diagnose and treat any issue that may be compromising the health of your trees, giving you the advice you need to make informed decisions about your landscaping.

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