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Don’t Ignore Your Tree’s Warning Signs!

When we are sick or feeling under the weather, we may have a variety of symptoms such as fever, chills, poor appetite, coughing or fatigue. Much in the same way our bodies can show symptoms of an illness or virus, our tress can also show symptoms of tree diseases or the impact of invasive insects. However, many property owners might not realize that their tree is showing symptoms of an underlying problem, which can lead to tree damage or tree death if not promptly identified and treated. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at the three most common warning signs trees can give that their health is in jeopardy.

Leaves Tell A Story

Tree leaves are the most common indicator of a problem with tree health, as they are the most visible part of a tree. Owners should always be concerned when they see leaf discoloration, poor leaf growth, early leaf drops (such as in the late summer as opposed to the fall or winter) and curling or browned leaves. Each of these symptoms can indicate a problem with the tree health and should be addressed immediately. Causes could include drought, poor soil health, invasive insects, tree diseases or fungi, heat or construction damage.

Take A Closer Look

Property owners should also never ignore warning signs that appear on tree bark or limbs, such as spots, insects or unusual growths. These can indicate major threats to tree health, such as the tree diseases hypoxylon cankers, oak wilt, and root rot. When treated early, many of these trees can be saved and protected from future damage and tree death, preserving valuable trees for property owners. In addition, early and effective treatments can prevent the spread of these harmful diseases from spreading to other healthy trees on the property.

Underlying Problems

Many trees can become weakened or near death due to issues underground in the root system. A poor root system can be caused by soil compaction or an incorrect planting depth, which can prevent the tree from absorbing essential nutrients such as water, sunlight and minerals from the soil. The tree may show warning signs such a lack of root flare at the tree base (making the tree look like a utility pole), or poor soil near the tree. In order to save the life of a tree threatened by these issues, root flare excavation, soil aeration or deep root fertilization may be needed.

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