How to Identify Sick Trees

A Beginner’s Guide To Identifying Sick Or Dying Trees

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Due to the fact that trees are so important to our daily life, it is no surprise that people have a strong connection to trees. While the death or ailment of a flower may go unnoticed, the sickness or death of a tree is far more noticeable.

In fact, when a person notices a dying tree it can be quite alarming and upsetting. The fact is that if you are forced to approach a sick tree, you may find yourself asking the question of whether the tree is dying. This article will provide information on identifying sick and dying trees.

What Are The Signs Of A Sick Or Dying Tree?

The signs of a sick or dying tree will differ greatly depending on the type of tree and the severity of the infection. One sign among all trees to indicate severe illness and potential dying, however, is the lack of leaves or reduction in leaves produced on the tree. Another sign of a sick tree includes the presentation of brittle bark or bark falling off the tree. Sick trees will also present with a “spongy” or brittle trunk and dying limbs.

What Are The Causes Of A Sick Or Dying Tree?

While the majority of trees are hardy and can last for decades, it is possible for a tree to become infected by disease, insects, fungus, or die from old age. Tree diseases will differ according to the tree species, as will the type of fungus that can damage the type of tree.

While the majority of sick and dying trees will be caused by infection or disease, there are those that die from natural causes. A tree dying from old age will present with the same symptoms as a sick or dying tree, but this type of situation cannot be treated. The average lifespan of a tree will differ according to the tree with smaller trees typically living for approximately fifteen or twenty years. Larger trees, such as oaks or pine trees, are far hardier and can live for several centuries.

What Can One Do For A Sick Or Dying Tree?

fungi on treeIf the tree has been diagnosed as being infected with a disease or fungus, it is possible to find some form of treatment to manage the ailment. There are certain people who specialize in the diagnosis of tree diseases and the best way to find the correct treatment is by contacting these “tree doctors“. Tree doctors or arborists are available via online searches or asking for referrals from your local florist.

Arborists will be able to assess the tree and determine if the tree is dying. If the problem is treatable, they will offer options to cure the sick tree. This may be costly, but consider how long it can take to replace a mature tree and consider the treatment a long-term investment. If, however, the tree is beyond help or dying of natural causes it is not worthwhile choosing any type of treatment.