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How To Nurse A Sick Tree Back To Health

Posted on March 5th, 2021

How To Nurse A Sick Tree Back To Health

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.

How To Tell If Your Tree Is Sick

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:

  1. You notice that the tree leaves are deformed or have odd colors and shapes
  2. There are dark spots on leaves
  3. There’s fungal growth, especially around the tree’s base
  4. You notice insects attacking the tree
  5. There are small holes in the branches
  6. Bare branches during summer
  7. Damage or signs of decay on the tree trunk
  8. The tree trunk is dry and crumbly

What You Can Do To Improve Your Tree’s Health

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:

  1. Avoid putting fertilizer around your tree’s root zone – Using too much fertilizer can kill off organisms that are beneficial for tree growth. Over time, excessive use of fertilizer can also make your tree dependent on the nutrients derived from it.
  2. Don’t use pesticides – If you spot insects destroying your tree, refrain from using pesticides as this may cause even more harm than good. Pesticides contain harsh chemicals that can harm your tree when its health is already compromised by an infection.
  3. Prune exposed roots – Eliminating potentially diseased roots will encourage your tree to grow new healthy ones. Try hand trimming as well in order to avoid further root damage from lawnmowers.
  4. Make sure your tree has enough water – Your tree might be suffering due to water scarcity. This is quite common in the summer months when there have been prolonged periods without rain. Do some online research on the amount of water your tree needs based on its age and species, and water accordingly.

Call An Arborist To Inspect Your Tree

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.

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