Like any living greenery on your property, trees require ongoing care and attention to thrive. Simply leaving your tree to its devices and failing to give it the maintenance it needs is likely to result in an unhealthy and unstable tree that could cause damage to your property.

Recognizing the signs that your trees need professional care can prevent potential problems, ensure their health, and keep your landscape looking its best.

That's why the professional arborists from Arboraxepert have created this blog to explore the top signs indicating it's time to call a professional tree care service.

Let's get started!

Visible Signs of Distress

The first category of signs to look for involves visible changes in your tree's appearance, including the following:

Dying or Dead Branches

If you notice branches that have lost all their leaves or have a significant lack of foliage, it may indicate a problem. Dead branches can be a hazard and should be pruned or removed.

Yellowing or Browning Leaves

Discolored leaves that persist despite proper care can be a sign of stress, disease, or pest infestation.

Fungus or Mushrooms

The presence of fungi or mushrooms at the base of the tree or on the trunk can be a sign of internal decay. It's essential to address this promptly to prevent further damage.

Structural Issues

The structural integrity of a tree is crucial for its long-term health and safety. Here are some of the most apparent signs that a tree's structure is compromised:

Cracks in the Trunk

Cracks or splits in the tree trunk can weaken the tree's structure and make it susceptible to breakage, especially during storms.

Leaning or Tilting

A tree that suddenly leans or tilts may have root issues, and it could pose a significant safety risk.

Exposed Roots

If the roots of your tree are exposed or visibly damaged, they're vulnerable to disease and may compromise the tree's stability.

Unusual Growth Patterns

Sometimes, trees exhibit abnormal growth patterns that require professional attention. Keep an eye on the following signs:

Excessive Suckers or Shoots

If you notice an abundance of suckers or water sprouts, it may indicate an underlying issue, such as root damage or stress.

Stunted Growth

Trees that consistently fail to grow or have sparse foliage may require intervention to address nutrient deficiencies or compacted soil.

Cankers and Swellings

Unusual growths or swellings on the trunk may indicate disease or insect infestation, which needs immediate professional assessment.

Pest and Disease Infestations

Trees are vulnerable to pest infestation and diseases that can compromise their health. If you notice any of these signs, contact a tree specialist:

Visible Pests

If you observe pests like caterpillars, aphids, or borers in large numbers on your tree, it's a sign that intervention may be necessary.

Unexplained Leaf Loss

Rapid and unexplained leaf loss, especially during the growing season, can indicate a severe pest or disease problem.

Bark Damage

Damage to the bark, including holes, peeling, or oozing sap, can indicate a pest infestation or disease.

Root Issues

The health of a tree's roots is critical to its overall well-being. While noticing root issues isn't always easy, here are some clear signs you can't miss:

Girdling Roots

Roots that wrap around the tree's base can constrict its growth and nutrient flow, leading to health problems.

Soil Compaction

Compacted soil can suffocate tree roots, reducing their ability to soak up nutrients and water.

Visible Root Decay

If you can see signs of root decay or rot, such as exposed, blackened roots, it's essential to address the issue promptly.

Safety Hazards

Safety should always be a priority when it comes to tree care. The following signs indicate your tree is in need of emergency intervention to prevent a safety hazard:

Proximity to Structures

If your tree's branches are encroaching on your home, power lines, or other structures, they pose a safety risk and may need trimming or removal.

Overhanging Dead Branches

Dead branches that hang over walkways, driveways, or play areas can pose a significant safety hazard.

Tree Leaning Toward Structures

A tree that leans toward your house or other buildings may require professional evaluation to prevent potential damage in storms.

Age and Maintenance History

Consider the age of your trees and their maintenance history. If any of the following rings true to you, your tree may require professional care:

Old Age

Older trees may require more frequent professional care to maintain their health and safety.

Lack of Maintenance

If your tree hasn't received regular care and maintenance, it may be more vulnerable to issues that require professional attention.

Environmental Factors

Environmental stressors can take a significant toll on your trees, and recognizing how they impact your trees' health is essential. Keep an eye on these issues arising:

Drought Stress

Prolonged periods of drought can weaken trees, making them more prone to pests and diseases. Look for wilting leaves, leaf scorch, or premature leaf drop as signs of drought stress.

Excessive Moisture

On the flip side, overly wet soil can result in root rot and many other fungal issues. Standing water around the base of the tree is a clear indicator of excess moisture.

Air Pollution

Urban environments with a high amount of air pollution can damage trees. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and leaf burn.

Evaluating Multiple Signs

Sometimes, it's not just one sign but a combination of factors that indicate the need for professional tree care.

Multiple Signs of Stress

If your tree exhibits several signs of stress, such as yellowing leaves, visible pests, and trunk cracks, it's a strong indicator that professional intervention is necessary.

Decline Over Time

A tree that has been gradually declining in health, with worsening symptoms over time, should be assessed by an arborist to identify the underlying cause.

The Bottom Line

Caring for your trees isn't just an aesthetic choice-it's an essential aspect of property management and safety. Recognizing the signs that your trees need professional care is the first step in preserving their health and longevity.

Arboraxepert is a professional tree service company with the expertise to keep your trees healthy. To enlist our services, call us at (613) 424-7331.