Signs Your Tree Is Sick or Dying

Signs Your Tree Is Sick or Dying

Are you worried that a tree on your property might be diseased or dying? It’s smart to be concerned about these things as unhealthy trees are more likely to fall during wind storms. The following warning signs should help you determine if your tree needs help. If you notice these issues, contact us right away and we’ll help you with treatment or removal.

Symptoms of Unhealthy Trees

First, just give your tree a visual inspection. Are there discolored leaves? Is it losing leaves prematurely vs. other trees of the same species? Those could be signs that something is wrong. Also look for soft spots, open wounds, fungi or rot. If you see any cracks in the branches or trunk, this is a sign of serious structural problems that could be caused by disease.

Essentially, keep a look out for “The Three Ds.” Disease, Damage, and Death are all indicators that it’s time to call a certified arborist for help.

The twig test. To check for unapparent tree death, perform a simple twig test. Break off a twig and see what it looks like on the inside. As long as the tissue is green the tree is still living, but if it’s dark and brittle, that twig is dead. If you find one dead twig, check other twigs and branches to determine whether the entire tree is lost.

Clean it up.  After performing the twig test, if you discover healthy tissue it’s critical that you cleanly prune the branches you have broken off as improper wounds will attract more diseases and pests. If you’ve found a mixture of dead and healthy branches, you’ll need to remove the dead wood as soon as possible. When working with mature trees, it’s recommended that you call a professional as we have the knowledge needed to effectively heal and remove them.

Common diseases:  There’s a fungus common to the Portland area and Pacific Northwest Region overall. It’s called anthracnose, it loves wet weather, and its spores are easily spread by wind. When attacking trees, the fungus can cause leaf discoloration and defoliation, especially if the tree is stressed by something else like pests or poor pruning. Other tree species like oak, sycamore, dogwood, and Japanese maple are also susceptible to anthracnose. It’s just one of hundreds of pathogens and pests that could potentially harm your trees. For an accurate diagnosis, it’s best to consult a tree care professional.

Old age: Some trees just live longer than others. For example, various ornamental fruit tree species (like flowering cherries) may only live to be twenty-five or thirty years old, while Douglas firs and Giant Sequoias can live for hundreds of years. If you suspect that one of your trees is reaching the end of it’s golden years, call Inexpensive Tree Care for a possible removal. Don’t wait for Mother Nature to fell it for you.

Contact us anytime with your tree questions and concerns. We always make safety a priority and you can count on us to facilitate the necessary city permits for removal. Call 503-679-1410 or email rod@inexpensivetreecare.com today!

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