9 Signs of Poor Health in Trees
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9 Signs of Poor Health in Trees

Trees not only enhance the aesthetics of your premises but also improve the quality of the environment. However, they require routine care and maintenance to grow and reach their full potential. A lot goes on inside of trees, from the leaves to the roots, and hiring a professional tree service goes a long way in ensuring your trees are in tip-top condition. At Southern Star Stump, we detect minor signs of stress and deterioration before it gets more pronounced, saving you time and money in the long haul. Here are signs your trees could be in better shape.

Tree Age and Lifespan

Most trees live hundreds of years, but property owners must provide the care to protect that species from damage. We recommend hiring a reputable tree care company to determine if the tree is in good condition or to recommend complete tree cutting and stump removal. Leverage the knowledge and experience of our arborists to determine if the tree is dying, and take action before things get out of hand.

Discoloration in the Leaves

Even changes in leaf color characterize autumn. If a portion of the leaves is discolored, you must call a professional for an inspection. We assess discoloration and premature leaf fall to determine the tree’s health and the best course of action. Look for yellow, red, or brown needles if you have evergreen trees on your property. Wilting leaves are of abnormal size, shape, and texture, showing poor health.

The Twig Test

Tree deterioration is only sometimes obvious. Property owners can assess their trees by breaking a twig and assessing the inside. If the twig is green, chances are it is healthy, and you can mitigate further damages by hiring a professional arborist. However, a dry twig means the tree is dying, and we can help with the cutting and stump removal process. Leverage our extensive industry expertise to ensure you take the best action.

Brittle Bark

Tree bark is comparable to the skin on the human body. If the trunk or branch of your tree loses bark, it is stressed or dying. It would help to look for other signs of deterioration, like cracks, splits, and cankers deep in the bark. If you notice any of these signs, your tree is severely damaged and requires professional assessment. In severe cases, sap may ooze from the tree, which creates a gateway for infection and infestation. We can provide quality tree-cutting and stump grinding services, ensuring it doesn’t pose a risk to surrounding healthy trees.

Tree Disease

The most common causes of tree disease include mushrooms, viruses, and bacteria. While some diseases are common to all trees, some affect specific species. It would be best to observe the tree for signs of unusual growth on the branches, trunk, leaves, or soil surrounding it. Sometimes preventive measures like trimming the tree can salvage the affected tree, but if the damage is severe, you must eliminate it.

Insect of Rodent Damage

Rodents and insects enjoy all tree species. Although some form a symbiotic relationship with the tree, others are destructive. The most effective solution is to hire an effective tree care company to inspect, detect, and address signs of damage before things get out of hand. We can detect signs of damage and recommend long-term solutions to prevent further damage to surrounding healthy trees.

Parasitic Plants

Weeds often compete with trees for water and nutrients. However, some weeds out-compete trees by growing up the trunk and suffocating it. A parasitic plant is not usually the cause of tree death, but it creates opportunities for infestation and infection. Our arborist team can determine the damage’s severity and recommend a suitable cause of action. In case of irreversible damage, we can cut the damaged tree and conduct stump grinding in Brookhaven to prevent a recurrence.

Soil Deficiencies

If the soil around your yard lacks vital nutrients, your trees may likely die. If the soil in your property lacks essential nutrients, it will cause widespread damage to anything growing on your premises. We can conduct a soil test to diagnose deficient nutrients and take necessary measures to restore lacking nutrients for optimal growth.

Weak Architecture

An improperly pruned tree develops irregular growth patterns which compromise the overall well-being. If the problem is not addressed in time, it can cause a structural imbalance that interferes with nutrient intake throughout the tree. Structural deterioration also results in vulnerability to breaking and falling during heavy rains and strong winds.

If you notice any signs listed, contact us at Southern Star Stump for professional help. We leverage extensive industry experience and knowledge to ensure you maintain healthy trees. Please schedule an appointment with our experts to learn more about signs of poor health and effective solutions to mitigate deterioration.