How To Tell If Your Tree Is Sick?


Most of us have a common idea that our mission is complete if the tree we planted grows. Your trees require cultivation and nourishment to grow and survive for a long time. If ignored, they can get sick and infected. But the good thing is that you might be able to save your valuable tree by being prepared with some simple diagnostic instruments. The main signs of tree disease are listed here to equip you with the information you need to ensure your tree is strong and healthy.

What Causes Tree Illness?

As with humans, trees can become ill. During a storm, it is easy for harm to happen. Especially if they are deficient in nutrients or water, trees are prone to illness. Additionally, pests can wreak havoc on trees, causing them to rot and lose their bark.

Damaged Tree Bark

The bark of a sick tree may be discolored, wet, flaky, or weeping. The bark of your tree is essential for protecting the core of the trunk and keeping the tree healthy. The tree may lose vital nutrients if the bark begins to peel off excessively, which could lead to death.

Branches Are Dead and Weak

Drooping, breaking, or dry branches are a clear sign of damage to a tree. By snapping it, you can tell if a branch is dead. Your safety is at risk if a tree has weak or dead branches since big tree limbs are prone to sudden, unexpected falls. Cut a tree off as soon as it has weakened or has dead branches. Ask a tree care expert to look for illness or other problems in the tree’s remaining parts.

Dying or Wilted Leaves

The first indication that branches are ready to die can be wilted or falling leaves, especially at the incorrect time of year. It indicates that the leaves aren’t receiving the nutrition or moisture they need to thrive. Among other things, wilted, withering, discolored, or damaged leaves indicate decay or an insect infestation. Save a tree from disease and pests by being aware of this problem. It’s crucial to assess a reliable remedy to the issue as soon as possible.

Mold and Rot

Trees can occasionally receive too much water. A tree that has mold on it may be internally deteriorating. Other factors, like excessive moisture on the bark, can also cause it. Decay, mold, and rot may develop if the trees are in muddy or swampy areas, and it can be hard to control when trees start to rot. It needs immediate removal to stop the tree from decaying.

Insect Infestation

To a certain extent, insects and trees may cohabit. But if the tree becomes a haven for pests, its health could be in danger. Certain insects cause damage to trees. 

Lanternflies are one of these insects. It results in tree dieback, leaf curling, seeping sap, and wilting.  In addition to harming trees, the honeydew produced by these insects promotes the formation of black sooty mold.

Another threat to vulnerable trees in your yard is termites. Termites feast on dead wood. They won’t start eating a tree until it has already sustained some harm. These insects weaken the tree’s structure and branches further, leaving it more vulnerable to storm damage.

Get Help From The Experts For Your Sick Trees

Trees are a vital resource that, when maintained properly, can live a long, healthy life. By frequently checking your trees, you can identify any issues before they worsen and get them diagnosed and treated.

As we always remind tree owners to evaluate their trees, we advise seeking a professional inspection before performing any DIY tree care. Our skilled arborists at Flores Tree Service have access to equipment that enables us to reach the summits of tall trees and the realm of tree roots. It allows us to assess the health of your entire tree with accuracy. As a tree owner, your attention to detail can make all the difference!

If you live in Bucks County, call us today for a quote, and let us save you and your precious tree. 

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