Sometimes trees seem immortal. You see them standing tall and proud; they’ve stood against countless storms with barely any problems. They look like they could be there forever, continuing to stand up against anything that man and nature can throw against them.
Of course, that’s not true. Trees are alive, and as such, they have a beginning and an end. They can get sick, they can also die.
The thing is, it can sometimes be very difficult to ascertain that trees are sick, or that they have died, and the particular problem with sick, dying or dead trees is that they can pose great safety problems to your house, your yard and property, and to your family and the people that visit you.
Trees that are sick, dead or dying may not strength enough in their root structure to survive against the storms that they used to stand against in previous years, or they may drop their branches, some of which might be very large, posing a constant threat to all those who are nearby.
But there are signs that trees might be sick or dead, and need to be removed by professional tree removers. If you notice your trees exhibiting these signs, quickly call a tree removal company to get immediate expert advice.
Look At Your Trees – They may have broken, damaged or dead tree branches.
Branches that are hanging on precariously can become a hazard in high winds. These branches should be removed. However, be sure to take care when cutting branches off trees. Cutting into a tree is a would, and like human wounds, these cuts can become infected if the area is not treated in the right way.
Place close attention to the bark on your branches. I know, this is not particularly exciting, but branches that don’t have bark might indicate a dead branch. Now, a branch can lose bark, but if the bark doesn’t grow back, the branch is likely having health issues.
Look at the trunk – check for missing bark and cracks.
When looking for cracks, these aren’t just the shallow cracks that you would naturally see on any tree’s surface. These are normal, and part and parcel of being a growing tree. The cracks we are looking out for are not surface cracks, but cracks that go deep into the tree. This could be indication that the trunk has become rotted, or that the soil supporting the tree has become unstable, causing part of the tree to shift in response.
As with branches, missing bark may be an indication of health issues. Healthy trees lose bark, but grow them back. Sick and dying trees may not.
Look at the base of your tree – Check for fungus
This sign relates to the health of the tree’s root system. If mushrooms or fungus are growing at the tree’s base, or around its base, this can be an indication to the health of your tree’s root system. It is the root system that keeps a tree planted during strong storms; if your tree has weak roots they really need to be checked out by professional tree service experts.