Having a tree on your property is a great natural asset. It provides shade and blocks excess solar radiation, helping your house stay cool. It’s also good for the environment as it provides additional habitat for wildlife and helps stormwater to seep back into the ground, lessening the volume of water entering your community’s drainage system.
However, managing trees can be difficult, especially when they’re showing signs of sickness or decay. Neglecting to take care of a sick tree can have negative effects on surrounding trees or cause damage to your property with falling branches. In this article, we give some basic tips on how to identify a sick tree, and what you can do to help it recover.
Trees can become vulnerable to infections due to the presence of insects and pests, bacteria, fungi, or viruses. They may also become more prone to sickness because of excess environmental stress (e.g. frequent or prolonged exposure to severe weather events) or disruptive human activity. Tree sickness can go unnoticed for a long time because some of the symptoms can be mistaken as part of the tree’s natural shedding process. However, you should start paying closer attention if you spot these signs:
If you suspect that your tree isn’t doing so well, there are some basic tree care techniques that can greatly improve its health. They are as follows:
If your tree’s symptoms do not improve, do not delay calling professionals to help you. Without proper management, signs of decay can worsen or accelerate, causing your tree to die out.
An arborist will be able to determine what environmental factors are causing your tree stress. They might also apply certain chemicals in limited doses in order to control insect damage, or temporarily boost your tree’s nutrient uptake. They should also be able to advise you on a tree care regime specific to your tree’s needs.
If you’re unsure whether your tree is sick and need advice from an expert, Contact Tree Removal Services now.