Sick Trees: How to Recognize Them
Trees are one of the most important elements to a healthy environment. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to recognize when a tree is sick or dying.
In this blog post, we’ll explore how to recognize the signs of a sick tree.
A healthy tree will have a strong root system with plenty of intact roots at or near ground level and an absence of exposed roots from damaged areas, widely spaced branches that are not drooping), dark green foliage (particularly leaves on upper portions) without spots or patches, and deep color in bark, no mushrooms growing around the base of trunk or beneath lower limbs. A few white fairy rings can be tolerated but they should not extend more than 20 feet into surrounding area). It will also have wide canopy overhead providing shade for people walking underneath it, birds nesting there, squirrels climbing up the trunks etc.
A tree could be sick if it has a thin, sparse crown or branches that are drooping. Branches should not be tightly spaced and there should not be any mushrooms growing around the base of trunk or beneath lower limbs). If you notice more than two white fairy rings in your yard then this may indicate an unhealthy tree. It’s important to check for pests such as borers, which can cause damage at the roots level. A tree is considered dead when it no longer produces leaves on new growth spurs: these look like small circles about one foot from ground surface) with brown bark and black inside where leaf attaches), shriveled needles (no green color visible), broken off branches with exposed sapwood showing through area below break point.
Other signs that your tree might be sick include dead leaves, branches, or needles on the ground below it (don’t confuse these with natural fall foliage), prominent vascular tissue and roots visible at the base of trunk, wounds from fallen limbs or other damage to bark. These are more common in storm damaged trees but can occur for different reasons. Wounds that have been sealed may not be initially noticeable as a sign of trouble. Inspect your tree regularly – this is an important part of prevention!
If you notice any signs described above then please call a certified arborist ASAP from Tree Surgeons Ulverston so they can provide professional care as soon as possible!