Because sick or dying trees can pose a risk to the security of your family and your Weatherford, TX, home, it’s important to opt for tree removal or crane tree removal service if your tree cannot be saved. Crane tree removal involves using a crane to remove a tree in a non-invasive procedure. A sick tree can sometimes be saved, but not always – sometimes it’s best practice to have the tree removed to avoid the possible harm it can cause if it falls. A primer on how to spot the signs of a dying tree and how to try to save your tree can be helpful for property owners.
Odd Pattern of Growth
A tree that leans or has an odd growth pattern may be a tree in distress. Leaning is a strong indicator of an imbalance in the tree’s structure and general overall tree weakness. If a tree leans from its natural vertical line at a 15-degree-or-greater angle, it may have fallen victim to root or storm damage. This tipping of trees—and in particular, large trees—is hard to recover from. In fact, most trees that start to lean will die, eventually, at least. Almost all leaning trees will require the help of a tree removal service. For large trees, the best option is often crane tree removal service.
Root Damage Indicators
The roots of your tree lie deep beneath the surface, which makes root damage particularly difficult to ascertain. And although you can’t always get a visual on root damage, the chances of root damage are significantly increased if you have recently undertaken construction work or excavation projects nearby. Changes in the health of your tree can be indicators that the roots were inadvertently damaged during the process. Similarly, partially exposed or shallow tree roots open your tree up to the effects resulting from inferior soil compaction or the elements, both of which can affect your tree’s vigor. Your tree may be in serious trouble if you notice dead branches, wilted brown foliage during the growing season, undersized leaves, yellow leaves prior to the end of the growth season, thin foliage, and lack of growth. Depending on the size of the tree and its location, crane tree removal service may be necessary.
Presence of Pests
Common tree pests such as carpenter ants or bark beetles target trees that in their death throes, preferring weakened and dying trees to healthier ones. This makes their presence a sign of tree sickness and possible looming tree death. Likewise, fungi and bacterial infections, including depressed or discolored bark cankers or even mushrooms making a home on the tree or around its trunk can indicate tree rot, either in the trunk or roots. This type of decay has a tendency to lead to structural failure over time, which can put the safety of people and property in peril. Tree removal is an option for nipping the problem in the proverbial bud before it becomes a dangerous issue.
While a few dead branches may just indicate that you need to prune your tree regularly, an increase in the number of dead branches can be a harbinger of tree sickness and eventual tree death. And remember, dead trees—and larger dead branches—are subject to fall at any time, presenting a clear and present danger to your home and your family.
Lack of Foliage
In the case of deciduous species, the lack of green foliage during the growing season is cause for alarm. If branches show just brittle or brown leaves during non-dormant periods of the year or have dead leaves that cling to them in the dormant season without falling to the ground, trouble can be afoot. In the same vein, look for yellow, brown, or red needles in coniferous evergreen species as a sign of tree sickness. Trees that can’t be saved can easily be removed with crane tree removal service.
When a tree is in the process of dying or has already died, its bark starts to loosen and fall off. You may notice missing bark, vertical cracking, and even deep splits in the tree’s bark. Cracking is particularly alarming, since it is often trees with cracks that are structurally weak enough to fall during a bad storm, which can result in damage to your Weatherford, TX, property. Opting for crane tree removal service early on can save you a headache later down the road.
The Scratch Test
One of the easiest ways to determine the health status of your tree is to do the scratch test. The scratch test involves looking at the color of the dry, outermost layer of bark on the tree, known as the cambium. This bark should be green if the tree still has some life left in it. If the tree is dying or dead, then the cambium will be dry and brown. Use your pocket knife or a fingernail to remove a small bit of exterior bark from the cambium layer. Check the color you find there—is it green or brown? You may need to arrange crane tree removal services if the cambium bark is brown, indicating tree death.
Saving Sick Trees
Saving a sick tree is sometimes possible with early intervention and identification of the problem causing the tree to be sick. The problems that plague a sick tree are not as widespread as those that will ultimately lead to its death, so with skilled help from a well-trained arborist, some types of defects can be addressed and the tree’s life extended. By recognizing the signs that indicate a tree in trouble—and reaching out for help early on—you stand a better chance of saving your tree and avoiding the need for crane tree removal service. Further, opting for regular tree maintenance and tree care as needed, including treatments for pests and disease, can help your tree live longer.
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If you’re like most homeowners, you see all trees on your property as valuable assets. They not only make your landscape look better aesthetically, but they also offer shelter and shade and provide homes for plants and wildlife. If a tree is in distress, trying to save it is a noble and worthwhile feat. However, it’s not always possible. Crane tree removal service makes tree removal easier in many applications. Reach out to S&P Tree Service in Weatherford, TX, to learn more about tree removal and our crane tree removal service. It’s ideal for trees that are particularly large and located in a tight space.