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What To Look For When Leaves Fall From Your Trees

Fall weather means the arrival of cooler temperatures, the return of seasonal décor, and the falling of tree leaves all across the city. Although falling leaves can be a nuisance for residential property owners to deal with, the bare spots they leave behind can reveal many significant factors and warning signs about tree health. In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the top three things to look for when tree leaves begin falling from the trees on your residential property.

Tree Limb Cracks

One of the most common problems discovered when trees lose their leaves are cracks and breaks in major limbs and branches. These are often disguised by tree foliage throughout the spring and summer, and are not apparent until either leaves begin to fall, or the limbs break off and fall on to an unsuspecting person or nearby property. If you’ve discovered cracks or dangling limbs from your tree, these need to be pruned and removed immediately by Certified Arborists who can perform the job safely and efficiently.

Trunk Damage, Discolorations, or Growths

Another common discovery made by property owners when their trees shed leaves is damage, discoloration, or unusual growth on the base of the tree. Damage can occur to tree trunks due to vehicle or equipment usage near a tree, or from lightning strikes or other weather factors. However, this type of damage is often hidden by tree foliage, especially if the tree is not pruned regularly and branches are overgrown. In addition, residential property owners might also discover that their trees have unusual discolorations, growths, or oozing discharge from the tree trunk, indicating a tree disease or ailment. If trees on your property exhibit any of these signs, it’s critical to have a Certified Arborists inspect your tree to diagnose the issue and recommend treatment options.

Root Girdling

Finally, the last thing to check for when leaves begin falling from trees is the appearance of root girdling. Root girdling occurs when tree roots begin to wrap around the base of the tree and slowly choke the life out of the tree. This is often caused by trees being planted at the incorrect depth, with too much soil or mulch covering the very bottom of the tree. A tree suffering from root girdling will look like a utility pole where it meets the soil, with no visible root flare extending outward above the soil. Although root girdling can occur and be discovered at any time in the year, property owners are more likely to notice the problem when they are up close to the tree removing and clearing away fallen leaves.

If you suspect a tree on your residential property is suffering from broken limbs, discoloration, unusual growths, or root girdling, contact the tree experts at Embark Services today. Our team of Certified Arborists perform a full range of top-quality tree services on residential properties of all sizes, offering Tree Pruning, Cabling and Bracing, Tree Removal, Root Flare Excavation, Tree Planting, and Insect and Disease Treatments. Contact Embark Services today for more information about our safe, efficient, and professional tree services, or go online to request a free consultation!