Aside from diminishing the appearance of your property, diseased and dying trees pose certain risks to the rest of your yard or pasture. You want to address the problem quickly so that it may be remedied, perhaps even in time to save the tree. If you’re not sure what an ailing tree looks like, however, the damage could be done and irreversible by the time you get around to having it diagnosed.
In this article, we will detail the most common tell-tale signs of tree disease or demise.
Leaves Aren’t Looking Too Good
Some trees shed leaves and needles throughout the year, but you’ll be able to notice when your tree is suddenly dropping far too many. This is especially true during summer and spring where trees are less likely to experience massive leaf dropping.
Of the leaves that remain attached to branches, some or all may appear discolored or disheveled. This also indicates toward a sickness somewhere within the tree.
Branches are Hitting the Ground
We’re not talking about healthy branches being stripped from trees during a violent storm. We’re talking about bare branches suddenly falling from the tree. If this is happening to your tree without any apparent reason, disease could very well be the reason why. Examine the branch after it’s fallen. You may see rot or a bug infestation that points to this problem.
Bark is Peeling Away
The bark of a tree is essential for its health, as it protects the inner core of the trunk and helps the tree maintain its nutrients. When the bark is suddenly peeling off in large amounts, this points toward a lack of nutrients that will only get worse the longer it goes unaddressed.
You See Rot on the Trunk
Rotted segments of a tree’s trunk can be obvious, or they can be subtle. If your tree is exhibiting any of the symptoms above and you aren’t sure whether it points to disease or not, look at the trunk for your answer. Pieces that are rotted away indicate that the tree is diseased or dying.
Call in the Professionals to Diagnose, Treat or Remove a Diseased Tree
Diseased trees can, over time, present a significant risk to your property. When you first notice any of these indications of disease or imminent death, it’s time to call in an arborist to get their opinion.