As trees are living things, they are subject to diseases, pests, and eventually, death. Often, there are things you can do to keep your trees healthy and help them live what is often a very long life. Here are some signs to look for that may indicate that your tree is in trouble.
Branches That Are Dead or Dropping
Dead branches are problematic because they can drop at any moment. This is especially worrisome if they’re heavy, for a heavy branch can injure a pet or a person or cause damage to a structure such as the roof of your home or your neighbor’s garage.
Branches Don’t Grow the Way They Should
Branches can be weak, grow as a V-crotch, cross and rub against each other, or be crowded. You need to keep an eye on these branches because a strong wind can cause them to break off. Better yet, prune or trim them if possible.
Granted, it’s hard to see whether the roots of your tree are damaged. One sign that they might be is if the tree just doesn’t do well no matter how you care for it. Mushrooms that grow right at the base of the tree may be a sign of root rot, as are signs of fungus on the trunk. To really find out what’s happening with the roots, call a professional arborist.
Damage to the Bark
Cracks, cankers, holes, or fissures in the bark are signs that the tree has suffered some kind of damage that it’s finding hard to repair. Holes can also be a sign of infestation or a woodpecker attracted to the attacking insects. A large bulge in the bark is also caused by the tree trying to heal after a wound or a disease.
A tree also leaks sap after it’s been injured. The injury is usually caused by a burrowing insect, and a professional arborist should be called in to check.
A Tree That’s Leaning
Sometimes a leaning tree is benign. It may even have a lopsided crown that needs professional trimming and can eventually straighten it out. A young tree that’s leaning can be replanted and supported so that it grows straight. However, if the lean starts at the base of an older tree and you see that the root plate has been heaved up out of the ground, it’s a sign that something is awry.
Learn More About Warning Signs
It’s a good idea to call a tree care specialist if you see these signs on your trees. In a lot of cases, the problems can be fixed without having to take down your tree, though sometimes removal is necessary. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our arborists at Hampton Roads Tree & Brush Removal of Virginia Beach.