Even if you practice good tree care in Decatur, it’s possible for one of your trees to be unwell. To help keep your trees healthy, watch for the following indicators of disease:
While looking up at your tree, if you notice that some of the branches appear dead or dying, then do not discount this as part of the tree’s natural life cycle. When a tree’s branches start to die, this can mean that it has contracted a disease. If some of the branches appear graying or are brittle, then contact a tree service or arborist.
If you live in a wet climate, you may not think twice about seeing mushrooms crop up around your tree’s base. Unfortunately, many mushrooms only grow on decaying matter, so seeing this fungus on or around your tree can be a sign that your tree is diseased or dying.
It’s normal for insects to live in your trees, but not all bugs should be considered welcome, as some of these critters can affect the health of your tree by causing damage and transferring disease. Some caterpillars, for example, will construct nests among foliage and feast on the tree’s leaves, a problem which can prevent the tree from photosynthesizing and cause it to starve. If you notice that your tree is looking unhealthy and that its leaves or trunk appear damaged, then consider calling an ISA certified arborist to take a look.
Have you noticed new shoots springing up around of the base of your tree? If so, then there may be a problem. Often mistaken as a sign of health, new growth at the base of the tree often means that the roots are suffocating or that the tree has lost too many leaves to survive. Because this can mean that the tree is unwell or that its core is already dead, it’s wise to call an arborist as soon as possible to learn if tree removal is necessary or if the plant can be saved.