Tell-Tale Symptoms of a Sick or Dying Tree

Tell-Tale Symptoms of a Sick or Dying Tree

When you know the tell-tale signs to watch for, you’re empowered to take action the moment you realise one of your trees is sick or dying and needs the expert attention that only an arborist can provide. And while it’s important to discern between deciduous and evergreen trees, the following signs are a fair indication that something is wrong and your tree needs to be inspected.

Leaves and Trees

If a tree is leafless or has far fewer leaves than other trees, there’s a good chance that it’s sick or dying. With regard to leaves, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Clinging dead leaves – If a deciduous tree has branches with dead leaves clinging to it while the others are bare, the branches with leaves are probably diseased or dying, as dead or dying branches don’t drop their leaves when they should.
  • Discoloured leaves – On evergreen trees (trees which stay green all year round), branches with leaves that are yellow, red or brown are sick or dying and need to be inspected.

If you notice these signs, give us a call and one or our arborists will inspect the tree and discuss your options with you.

Tree Branches

Generally speaking, branches that have lost their bark are dead and those losing their bark are dying. Some other signs to look out for here are boring insects (these insects only bore into diseased/dying or dead wood), fungus, which is a sure sign something is wrong, and signs of rot.

Inspecting your trees on a regular basis is an important aspect of tree care. Should you notice any of the tell-tale signs discussed here that indicate a tree is dead or dying, call Henshaws Tree Service.

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