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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

2 Surefire Signs Your Sycamore Tree Is Stressed

Joshua Mercier

Trees add a great deal of appeal and value to your home. However, certain conditions may arise, affecting the look and health of your trees. With heights between 75 and 100 feet, the sycamore tree makes a massive statement in your yard. Unfortunately, improper maintenance can stunt the tree's growth while increasing its risk of disease and death. With this guide, you will learn that signs that your sycamore tree is experiencing enormous stress that needs to be addressed.


No matter what type of tree you are curious about, it should never be leafless in the spring and summer seasons. If your sycamore has lost all of its leaves in the spring and through the summer, there is an underlying issue affecting the growth and health of your tree.

In the spring, new growth should appear. It may be a lighter green in color compared to existing leaves, so you should be able to see the actual new growth during the first few weeks of spring.

Sycamore trees that are losing or have lost all of their leaves in the spring and summer are most likely under attack by a fungal infection. A tree professional can apply a fungicide to the tree, but pruning away diseased limbs will also be necessary to prevent the fungus from spreading to nearby plants and trees.

Wounded Branches/Bark

The actual foliage of the tree may be a focus, but if the tree's branches and limbs are showing signs of distress, the sycamore may be dying.

Cracks in the branches or actual holes and cavities are a sign the sycamore is weakening. This weakening may stem from heavy exposure to wind. Or, the tree may be under attack by pests, such as aphids and borers, which eat through the bark, creating nests inside the tree.

Protecting the tree from wind can be difficult unless the tree is young. If the tree has been planted recently, consider transplanting it to another area of your yard that does not experience heavy gusts of wind. This location may be behind your home or in between other outdoor structures that offer protection from the wind.

A pesticide can be applied to the sycamore if you believe it is infested with aphids or beetles. Pesticides are available in liquid form that can be sprayed onto the tree. Or, you can apply a powdery pesticide, which can be thrown across the tree's branches, trunk, and foliage to kill existing insects while preventing ones in the future.

The Sycamore is a durable tree that makes a big statement in your yard, but certain issues may harm its look and health. If you are noticing one or both of these signs of stress, your sycamore deserves a bit of care. Click here for more information about landscaping services.