Keeping Your Trees Healthy
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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

What Are Some Signs Of A Tree Being Diseased?

Joshua Mercier

When your tree becomes diseased, it will likely begin to rot and need to be removed. However, it can sometimes be difficult knowing when it is diseased. Here are some signs to keep an eye on so you know when to call for tree trimming services or removal.

There is Severe Trunk Damage

Many trees show more obvious signs of disease in the truck instead of the branches. Look at the trunk of the tree for signs of wounds, cracks, or seams. You might see some severe decay near the bottom of the tree, often covering a large circumference of the tree. For larger trees, look around the entire circumference for even small areas of rot or disease. Some trees are able to heal on their own, so even if the trunk is diseased, it doesn't necessarily mean the tree should be cut down. However, it is a good place to start.

The Leaves Are Falling at a Rapid Pace

You may also notice that there are significant changes in the leaves. One of the signs to look for is having more leaves laying on the ground, which is a clear sign of the leaves falling at a rapid pace. You may also look up at the branches and see more empty spaces where leaves should be. Not all trees will make it obvious that the leaves are getting thinner when they are diseased, but it is definitely something to look for. Also look closely at the leaves for signs of disease, such as being a darker color, ashy, or having small holes in them.

There Are Black and Ashy Branches

When tree branches get diseased and start to die, they will turn a darker color and get an ashy appearance. They often appear as if they have been burned. Look closely at the branches on the tree for signs that certain branches or areas of the tree are changing to a darker color. It is not uncommon for only certain parts of branches to show this sign of disease since it is also a sign the branch is already dying. Trees that haven't been diseased for long won't be dying, so this might not be spreading across the entire tree just yet.

The Branches And Limbs Are Brittle

Diseased branches and tree limbs may also become very brittle. Like the leaves, they often break off and fall to the ground more rapidly. If you see a lot more branches around the perimeter of the tree on the ground, it could be a sign of a diseased or dying tree. If you see brittle branches, it might be a good idea to trim the diseased branches and keep it from threatening the rest of the tree.