My trees are not looking well. How do I know if they are sick?
When the appearance of your trees seems to be declining, they are most likely sick. The best way to know for certain if your trees are ailing is to contact an experienced tree company promptly. Most homeowners do not know how to tell if their trees are sick, so you are not alone. The arbor care company has ISA certified arborists, tree doctors and tree care specialists who are able to assess the health status of your trees. With their extensive knowledge, experience and their adherence to the high standards of excellence that the International Society of Arboriculture requires, you can rest assured that your trees will receive the finest care.
What are signs of sickness in trees?
There are numerous indications of sickness that trees manifest depending upon the tree’s variety. Different tree diseases will cause different visible symptoms. However, the following are common signs that sick trees normally reveal:
- Premature Defoliation: Are your trees losing their leaves frequently? Does it seem strange that leaves are falling from your trees and it’s not appropriate with the season? When trees shed their leaves excessively or at the inappropriate time of year then they have a tree disease. Do not delay in contacting a tree expert when you observe frequent or early leaf shedding.
- Branches falling & Dead Branches: Robust trees will have flexible branches that do not snap when bent. Although severe storms may break tree branches, normally when bare branches fall from the tree or you notice dead branches on your residential grounds then your trees are sick.
- Peeling Bark: Strong bark with even coverage along the trunk are indications of a healthy tree. If you observe peeling, flaking, chipping or bare areas on tree bark then the tree is diseased.
- Yellowing, Browning or Dark Spots on Leaves: Healthy trees will have blemish-free leaves and be the appropriate color for their variety. Yellow or brown leaves, as well as leaves that look as if they’ve been burned, are definite indications your tree is sick. Unsightly dark or black spots are symptoms of a common tree sickness. An arborist that treats sick trees should be contacted immediately.
- Thinning Appearance: A strong healthy tree should have a lush, thick canopy with no bare areas. Trees that are weak and declining will have an overall thinning appearance.
- Excessive Water and Moisture at the Tree’s Base: If you observe areas within your grounds where water is always standing or the soil seems to be excessively moist then there’s a great chance that your trees may have damaged or decayed roots. Many fungal-based tree diseases thrive in moisture so it’s of utmost importance to contact a tree doctor.
What can I do to improve the appearance and health of my trees?
With tree sickness, early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important. Many tree diseases cause irreparable damage and can even eventually kill the tree. The sooner that treatment is administered then the least amount of destruction from the disease will result. After the necessary treatment is administered by a tree care specialist then there are many proactive ways to protect the health of your trees. Remember, your trees are valuable assets. Restoring and maintaining their health is extremely important.
- DEEP ROOT FERTILIZATION: This very important treatment is administered by a highly-trained tree experts after determining the specific minerals and nutrients that the tree requires. Trees do not receive adequate nutrition from topical lawn fertilizer applications. The tree expert injects under pressure the liquid nutrients directly into the tree’s root zone. The injected oxygen also aerates the soil and eliminates soil compaction and the damage that it can cause. Trees that receive this key treatment annually are 95% less likely to become sick and also maintain a strong root structure.
- REGULAR TREE PRUNING: Overcrowded tree branches prevent adequate sunlight from reaching the tree and prevent sufficient air flow. Regularly-scheduled pruning by a tree pruning service corrects these issues and helps maintain the health and vitality of your trees.
- PREVENT WOUNDS: Tree sicknesses tend to target trees that have been wounded and damaged. Accidental wounding can occur from regular lawn maintenance such as the use of weed trimmers and shovels. Construction projects within the grounds can cause tree damage also. Always entrust the care of your outdoor residential grounds to a professional arbor care company who will ensure that tree wounding does not occur.
- EARLY DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT: If you observe or suspect that your tree may be sick, contact an arborist that treats sick trees immediately. With tree sicknesses, the sooner treatment is administered then the least amount of damage will be caused to the tree.
- TREE HEALTH ASSESSMENT: This valuable treatment is important to maintain the health of your trees and to learn if your trees are declining. The trees are thoroughly examined by an ISA certified arborist who then completes a tree evaluation report. If the tree is weak and vulnerable to tree sicknesses then the certified arborist will see to it that tree sickness is prevented. The nutrients the tree requires to be in the best of health will be determined by the tree expert and aid you in preventing tree ailments.
- CONTROLLED WATERING: Some watering methods such as sprinklers cause too much moisture on foliage or habitat grounds which invites fungal diseases. Controlled watering by soil drenching or soaker hoses directed by an arbor care professional ensures your trees receive the correct amount of water and that tree sicknesses do not occur.