The Signs Your Tree Might Be Dying

The Signs Your Tree Might Be Dying

Most people are pretty sad to see an old tree die out, especially if that particular tree holds plenty of fond memories or provided you with lots of cool shade on a hot summer day.

It is important to know the signs that a tree might be dying. When you know the signs, you can start nursing your tree back to health or you can get it removed before it topples over on your home, vehicle or a family member. There are lots of different things that can cause an old tree to die but you can usually tell if the tree is reaching its end by keeping an eye out for the following signs.

Brown and Brittle Bark

Tree bark is useful for protecting the trunk from insects and impact. But when the tree bark becomes loose, when there are lots of vertical cracks in the bark, or when missing bark patches start appearing, the tree might be dying.

Few Healthy Leaves

Healthy trees are lush and green during spring and summertime. Lots of brown and brittle leaves and poor leaf production is usually a sign that the tree is struggling. Instead of dropping to the ground, these trees usually have dead and brittle leaves clinging to the tree well into wintertime.

Lots of Dead Wood

A couple of dead branches is perfectly natural but if dead branches are regularly falling off and if there are lots of dead wood noticeable in the tree then it might be sick or dying. These dead tree branches are always risky because they can fall at any time and can be damaging to your home.  

Hosts Lots of Critters and Fungus

Insects like beetles, ants and termites love to feed on dead tree matter. Lots of insects and bacterial or fungal growth like mushrooms is usually a sign that the tree is dying or might already be dead. You can also look for signs of rot in the trunk and feel around for softening wood areas.  

Root Damage

It isn’t always easy to see root damage since some roots grow deep underground. If you recently dug a hole near the tree then you can check the root system for damages. Damaged roots usually look soft and rotten and can have a lot of insect infestations. Other signs of root damage include thin foliage, slow yearly growth, yellow leaves that are smaller than usual and wilted leaves.

Root damage can be very dangerous because it is so hard to detect and it can result in an entire tree toppling over on your home when the winds pick up or when the soil is wet.

The Tree Leans Over

When the tree suddenly starts to lean over, it is usually a sign of imbalance, a weakened structure, or root damage. Larger trees can also become tipped over in intense winds and are not too likely to recover.

Fails the Scratch Test

Trees usually have a cambium layer right beneath the dry layer of bark. If this layer is still green, the tree is still alive but if it is hard, dry and brown, it might be dying. You can test by using a fingernail or a pocket knife to remove a small portion of the bark. Scratch the cambium layer to see if it is still moist and green. It is best to do several tests on the trunk.

It is always best and safer to get a dead or dying tree removed before it falls over on your house and causes damage. Contact Big H Trees to get old trees in your yard tested or to have a dying tree professionally removed so you can plant and regrow a new tree in its place.If you are looking for Palm tree pruning Melbourne, contact us today to know more.

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