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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Damage to the bark, including holes, peeling, or oozing sap, can indicate a pest infestation or disease.
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:
Roots that wrap around the tree's base can constrict its growth and nutrient flow, leading to health problems.
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 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:
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 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:
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.
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.
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.