What A Dying Tree Looks Like
Trees are part of our life. They give us peace of mind, make our yards beautiful and fill our hearts with happiness. It’s no surprise that we have a stronger connection to trees than most plants. While the demise of a flower may pass unnoticed, a dying tree is one thing we find so sad and alarming. But most of us have no clue what a tree on its last legs looks like, what causes that slow death, and what gives the dying tree a new lease on life.
Signs are many and vary greatly. One tell-tale sign is no leaves or little leaves on one, or every, part of the tree. Other signs include branches dying and falling off, the bark becoming brittle, and the trunk becoming spongy.
Most trees are hardy but susceptible to insects, fungi, diseases and old age. Tree diseases vary from species-to-species, as do the bugs and fungus that wreak havoc on trees. Much like animals, the tree’s size determines the tree’s lifespan. Small ornamental trees live for 15-20 years, while maples live 75-100 years. Pines and oaks are “eternal”, with a lifespan of two or three centuries. Trees like Giant Sequoia and Douglas Fir hit a thousand years. A tree that’s dying from old age can’t be helped.
Dying trees look unattractive, but the damage they cause goes beyond shabby looks. Dead branches fall without warning and lead to property damage and serious injury. Diseased or insect-infested trees affect healthy trees and invite pests (rats and termites) to your home. A dying, leaning tree targets structures, power lines, pedestrians on walkways and cars in parking lots.
Do these things to boost your tree’s health:
- Avoid injuring your tree while gardening or landscaping. Like open skin cuts, wounds on trees catch infections.
- Watch out for exposed roots, as root rot is lethal.
- Without sun exposure and air circulation, your tree will die. Mulching and trimming help.
- If you live in a drought-prone area, your trees need ample watering.
- Prune your tree, which ensures proper growth.
- At all times, arborists are your friend.
Call an arborist. This expert diagnoses tree diseases and helps sick trees get better. A tree doctor will tell you if what you’re seeing on a tree are signs that it’s dying. You’re lucky if the problem is treatable. Treatment costs some money, but it’s a small price to pay considering how long it’ll take to plant another tree.
Is It Time For Tree Removal?
Trees die, just like other organisms. If nothing can be done to revive your dead tree, removing it makes sense. Tree removal and cutting down a tree is as hard as installing a patio paver or maintaining a screaming-green garden. An important part of this process is removing what’s left of the stump – learn more about stump grinding. Even if you have the skills and tools to do the task, you’re putting yourself and your property at risk. Hiring an arborist is quite expensive but very essential. The expert will remove the dying tree and inspect other trees in your yard.