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How to Identify a Sick Tree in Your Yard

Trees are an essential part of our environment and play a crucial role in our ecosystem. They provide us with oxygen, shade, and beauty. However, like any other living thing, trees can get sick and eventually die if not taken care of promptly. As a homeowner, it’s important to know how to identify a sick tree in your yard to prevent the spread of disease and the damage it can cause to the surrounding landscape. Below, we’ll discuss some of the signs that indicate a tree may be sick and how to respond.

Look for Damage to the Trunk or Branches

The first and most obvious sign of a sick tree is damage to the trunk or branches. Look for cracks, wounds, and peeling bark, which may indicate disease or insect infestation. Larger wounds can be an entry point for pathogens that can infect the tree and cause further damage. If you notice any of these signs, contact our ISA Certified arborists for an assessment.

ISA Certified Arborist

At Shades of Green, our ISA Certified Arborists are highly skilled in the identification and treatment of tree diseases. We understand that having healthy trees on your property not only enhances its beauty, but also adds value. Our team undergoes specialized training to ensure that they have the expertise needed to identify and treat tree diseases effectively. With their knowledge and experience, they can spot the signs of disease quickly, recommend the best course of action, and provide the necessary treatments to restore your trees to their full health. We are committed to protecting your trees and ensuring their longevity.

Check for Leaf Discoloration or Wilting

Another sign of a sick tree is discoloration or wilting of leaves. These symptoms can be caused by several factors, including pests, drought, or disease. If the leaves have turned brown or yellow before the fall season, it may be a sign of a severe issue. In some cases, wilting leaves could be a sign of root damage, which can be fatal if not treated. 

Examine the Tree’s Structure

A tree’s structure can indicate the health of the tree. If the tree is leaning, has broken branches or appears to be unstable, it may be a sign of weakness or disease. A tree with a poor structure is more likely to sustain damage during storms, putting your property and family at risk. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to give us a call to assess the situation.

Look for Fungi or Other Signs of Decay

Fungi, mushrooms or conks growing on or around your tree can indicate decay inside the tree. The decay often forms below the bark, making it difficult to spot without professional assistance. If you see any fruiting bodies growing on your tree, it may be a sign of internal rot. This can lead to weakening of the tree and potentially lead to failure in the future.

Observe Any Pests or Insects

Pests and insects can also cause damage to a tree. For example, a sick or weakened tree might attract more pests, causing more damage to the tree. Some pests that pose a threat to trees include caterpillars, emerald ash borer, and spotted lanternflies. If you notice signs of an infestation such as holes in the trunk or branches, it’s essential to call the professionals here at Shades of Green to safeguard the tree.

Identifying a sick tree early on is vital in preventing further damage, which can be costly and time-consuming to repair. As a homeowner, it’s best to keep an eye on the trees in your yard for any signs of illness or distress. If you notice any of the above signs, contact us to assess the situation. With timely treatments and proper care, your trees can remain healthy and beautiful for years to come.

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