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We hate to see trees die. But it happens, and it can be a problem in more ways than one.

No one wants an unsightly deceased tree in their landscape, and if it’s a large tree near a building, it can be a hazard that could fall and cause damage or injuries. And removing a large dead tree can be costly.

That’s why it’s good to teach yourself about warning signs that signal your tree may be sick. Often, if you spot warning signs early, the tree can be saved. Josh Jarvis, our ISA Certified Arborist, offers this list of concerns that should tell homeowners in Georgia to watch tree’s health more closely:

In spring/summer, look for a diminished canopy. During the peak season for leaf growth, if your tree shows signs of wilted or dead leaves, or fewer leaves than usual, it’s a signal that something may be wrong.

Dead branches. All trees will have a dead branch from time to time. But if you see a cluster of dead branches, or if it appears that the dead part of the tree is spreading, it may be time for an arborist to take a look.

Discolored leaves. In leaf growing seasons, discolored leaves, leaves with holes, or other unusual leaf malformations can be a signal of a nutrition or insect problem that’s still in its early stages.

Moldy or fuzzy leaves. This is common, and it’s often a sign of a mold or fungus problem. It may also signal that the tree is getting too much moisture, and the mold growth is a result.

Unusual insect activity. If you see ants around the base of the tree, or flying insects in and around holes in the trunk, there may be a problem. Or if you notice clusters of bugs on leaves, this may be a signal of a tree under attack.

Trunk problems. Holes in the trunk may indicate insect activity or decay. Missing sections of bark or splits in bark may signal disease or damage from animals. And while it’s common for many trees to have lichens or fungus growing on the bark, extensive growth may be an indication of a problems.

Roots. Root problems are a big red flag. Many trees have roots that extend above the surface of the ground (that’s natural), but if you see signs that roots may be lifting and there are gaps underneath, this may indicate that the tree is tilting. Extensive growth of mushrooms around the root system may also indicate that there’s a dead area underground. And be vigilant of construction activities near the tree root system; roots may be accidentally cut.

If you notice signs that worry you, consult a certified arborist (this is a task we undertake continually at Jarvis Tree Experts). A consulting arborist can quickly tell if your tree is in danger and can help you take appropriate action.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.


Originally posted 2022-05-10 17:51:48.

Originally posted 2022-05-10 17:51:48.