3 Areas To Assess If You Think Your Tree Is At Risk

Addressing a dying tree can be a bit confronting for dedicated gardeners. As true appreciators of the towering giants that provide us with shade, cool and beauty the year round, it can be difficult at the least to admit they need to go.

Sick trees often give us time to act before it’s too late. Sometimes a tree can’t be saved and it is important at this stage to engage with a qualified arborist and have them assess and remove the tree.

When we talk about the signs that trees give us before it is too late to save them, it is important to remember that a qualified arborist will be able to identify the tree’s potential to continue to live healthily or whether it won’t make it safely through the season. Here are some main pointers that should help you ascertain whether calling an arborist is your next best bet.

Soil and Roots

Brittle roots that seem soft or slimy, or have become a habitat for creepy crawlies are signs of a dying tree. Look for organic growth, like fungus. This points to rotting wood, which is an ideal medium for fungus to grow. Rotting wood is never a great sign if you’re looking to save a tree.

Trunk and Bark

Missing patches of bark, holes made by insects, or the presence of many beetles are all red flags. When a tree branch drops bark, it is definitely overdue for an assessment. You must act quickly, especially if your tree is large- the larger the specimen, the greater danger it presents to those who use the space it takes up.

Branches and Leaves

Evergreens should, obviously, always be green. If they’re not, it’s not a good sign. When evergreens are ill, it is easily spotted through the presence of rust coloured foliage. Depending on the season, your deciduous trees may lose foliage during the growing period, especially if they’re not coping with illness. Look for leaves that appear crispy and brown, or yellow and spongy, especially those which appear upon entire sections of the tree.

If you need help identifying whether your tree is able to be brought back to health, or in the worst case scenario, whether it needs to be removed, call the team at Daryl’s Tree Care. We are a team of highly qualified tree arborists that know exactly how to treat a sick tree or remove a hazardous, dead or dying specimen. Call (03) 9998 3628 for more information about the services our team provide.

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