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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

React Quickly When You Notice These Early Warning Signs Of Tree Issues

Joshua Mercier

When you have trees in your yard, taking care of them involves more than just raking the leaves each fall. To make sure that your trees are healthy, it's important to keep an eye out for any potential early warning signs of issues. Upon noticing these signs, you can then call your local tree service, which can send a crew to your home to assess the condition of the trees that you're concerned about. Then, several steps can be taken, including trimming a tree's problematic areas or even removing a tree entirely so that its issues don't affect the trees around it. Here are some warning signs to watch out for.

Dead Branches

The presence of one or more dead branches is a sure sign that your tree is experiencing problems. Dead branches are easiest to spot during the summer because their lack of leaves will make them stand out against the other branches on the tree. During the spring or fall when none of the branches have leaves, look for branches that are a different color — often darker — than the other branches on the tree. Throughout the year, you may also notice strips of bark and twigs on your lawn, which can often be a sign of dead branches.

Excessive Leaf Loss

While it's common for deciduous trees to lose their leaves in the fall, it's a concern if you notice that a tree's leaves are littering the ground while they're still green. This symptom could be the result of a wide range of issues with the tree, including not enough water getting from the roots to the branches. This can occur during a prolonged drought, but it can also occur because of damage to the roots — for example, an excavation that severed some of the roots. The tree service crew will be able to give you a likely reason for the leaf loss, and suggest methods, if possible, of fixing the problem.

Trunk Rot

A rotting trunk can have many symptoms. Sometimes, the trunk is actually soft to the touch. In other cases, the bark may show signs of mold or rot. Whatever the case, rot is a potentially serious problem that can spell the end of your tree. If the rot is too severe, the tree service crew will likely suggest cutting the tree down. In less serious cases, improving the drainage around the tree can save the tree's life.

If you are noticing any of the above issues with your tree, contact a professional at Gene's Tree Service.