While enjoying the shade of your trees in Summer and Fall, you may notice a few bare branches, cracks in the trunk or discoloration of leaves. But what’s the difference between a typical change in the season and symptoms of something more?
When a tree is beyond repair, it can wreak all sorts of havoc on your home or yard. As well as becoming a potential eyesore to the neighborhood, a dead tree can call unwanted pests and fungus to your yard. When these uninvited guests eat away at the foundation of your tree, it will become unstable and more likely to fall unexpectedly.
Before deciding to rid your residence of these harmful trees, it’s important to check with a tree care specialist to ensure the tree is beyond saving.
In the meantime, here are five signs your tree may be dead or dying:
- Tilting Trees: Before inspecting your tree too closely, take a step back. Is it leaning more to one side than the other? If it is, this is a sign that your tree may be dying and is unstable, making it potentially hazardous.
- Examine the Leaves: Check out the leaves, or lack thereof, on your tree. If your branches are bare on one side or the leaves or needles are brown and it’s not winter, this could be an indication your tree is dead or dying.
- Visual Signs of Trunk Damage: Take a look at the trunk of your tree for any splits, vertical cracks or missing bark. Not only is this the sign of a dying tree, it could be time to look into a tree removal service as the cracks cause the tree to weaken, making them easily breakable during severe weather.
- Evidence of Fungus: Before a tree dies, it slowly starts to rot away from the inside out. While outer symptoms may not be obvious, check the base of your tree for any fungus or mushrooms. If you find some, there is a chance your tree has already died and needs to be removed.
- Uninvited Guests: When a tree dies, or is dying, you may notice an increase of deadwood loving bugs in the area. Insects such as carpenter ants, termites and various beetles will infest the dead tree and you may notice holes being left in the trunk. This is a solid sign it’s time to seek some affordable tree removal services.
If you still aren’t sure whether your tree is dead or dying, you can also do a scratch test on your tree by scratching a few branches with a knife. If the tree is healthy, the scratches will show green colors and feel moist. You can also do a similar test by breaking small branches from your tree to see what condition it’s in.