5 Signs Your Tree is Dead or Dying

By: albertaarb - April 3, 2017

It’s so easy to take your trees for granted. Most people may go through their lives without giving them a second thought. They buy a property, see that it has trees on it, and that’s where it ends in their mind. You don’t know how important trees are, until you live in a house or neighbourhood without them. Then the absence and a feeling that “Something is missing” will really take over. At the same time, you might not have any idea how damaging and expensive a dead tree can be… until it’s too late. To prevent you from taking on a massive expense that could be caught now, here are a few signs you need to look out for, just in case a tree on your property is dead or dying.

Bare Branches

This is often the first sign and what gets you to call an arborist in the first place. Maybe it’s because the tree caught a disease. Or maybe it’s from extreme weather or neglect. In any case, once you tree branches grow bare, it’s a bad sign. Once your tree is no longer producing fruit or leaves, it’s time to call a professional. It may not be too late. You might be able to save it. But a trained arborist will be able to tell you if your tree has a disease, or serious trunk or root damage.

Damage to the Trunk

Is there any bare spots or cracks on your tree’s trunk? When it’s healthy your trees bark may come off for one reason or another, but it should always be replaced with healthy and new bark in its place. But, if there is a bare patch that stays bare, you should worry that your tree’s health is in jeopardy. Also, clearly a big crack in the middle of your tree is not good, that’s structural damage. You may notice this after a big windstorm or in the spring after a particularly bad winter season. Noticeable Fungus If you see a shelf or bracket fungus (aka wood conchs) on the trunk, branches, or roots is not a good sign. It’s very likely the tree is not much more than a home for parasites and dead inside. So you should take care of it now, before it becomes a problem.

Possible Root Damage

You may not directly see the damage to the roots. You may, if there is clear damage to a root above the surface. But chances are the damage took place underground, deep below the surface where you can’t see it. You will, however, notice the tree suddenly leaning in one direction. You should also be on the lookout for epicormic shoots, or small branches coming from the lower part of the tree trunk.

Any More Questions?

A trained arborist can assess the risk any tree presents to your safety or your property. They can remove it, if necessary, or instruct you on the steps you can take to save it, if possible. At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property. Click here to contact us or call the number at the top of the page for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job.

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