How To Diagnose a Sick Tree

by / Tuesday, 18 July 2017 / Published in Blog

Trees consistently give of themselves throughout their lifetimes. Like a trusted family member, they selflessly give to mankind in the way of oxygen, shade, fruit, and wood. If you have mature tree growth on your property, you know how trees become an important part of your surroundings. That is why, when a tree is struggling, it can become an emotional decision to remove it due to disease or trauma.

Unfortunately, a sick tree can infect the surrounding tree growth. It can also become a safety hazard in the event it falls. Consequently, it makes sense to continue to keep a close watch on a tree that may exhibit signs of illness or weakness. Be mindful of symptoms of an ill, dying tree, or structurally damaged tree. If you see any of these signs, it may be in your best interest to consult with a San Jose tree removal specialist.

Decay

This may be a more insidious symptom since decay will most commonly affect the tree’s interior first. When a tree exhibits soft and easily breakable wood, and has fungi-like spores growing on its trunk, these could indicate that your tree is suffering from a certain amount of decay. Deadwood, which is exactly what it says, is a sure sign of tree decay.

Cankers

Patches of deadened bark may be cankers. These are areas where fungi or bacteria has infected the tree through an opening. Once exposed to a tree’s interior, it can stress and attack the tree. Many times, a canker can be pruned from a tree if it hasn’t invaded too deeply or extensively.

Cracks

Cracks can be normal, but some are not. When a crack becomes very deep, it can affect the tree’s integrity and become host to pests which may further harm the framework of the tree.

Weak Joints or Branch Unions

If branches look is if they are not firmly attached to a tree, it may indicate a problem. Branches with weak unions can often break off and become safety hazards.

Poor Basic Structure

Trees may structurally grow unnaturally due to weather, lack of sufficient sunlight, or improper pruning. A tree with poor structure can often be rectified if caught early. Otherwise, a structural deficit, such as leaning, can present a safety hazard.

If you have located a sick or damaged tree on your property in San Jose, it may be time to consult with a tree removal professional. A tree specialist, or arborist, will help identify trees that are struggling or at risk for illness. If there is a way to save the tree, an arborist will be able to make suggestions. If a tree needs to be removed, an arborist has the correct machinery and equipment to do this safely and efficiently.

If you are noticing any symptoms of an ill tree, call the expert arborists at Bay Area Tree Specialists. We provide complete tree care and tree removal in the San Jose area and offer 24 hour emergency services. Call us today to see if we can help save your sick trees.

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