3 Big Clues There's A Problem With Your Tree

Posted on: 26 October 2015

It's never a good feeling to realize that you might have to drastically trim a tree or even remove it entirely. The thing is, how do you know for sure that you are truly at that point? You can contact a tree expert right away, but until one arrives, there are some things that you can look at for yourself to determine whether you're facing a potential issue.

Sections of the Tree Are Bare

When a tree gets sick, the first thing that suffers are the leaves. If you start to notice that more leaves than usual are on the ground, pay some extra attention to the tree. Over the next few days, see if there are more leaves fallen beside the tree. Another option is to take a quick picture of your tree every day. That way you can quickly see where the leaves are falling from and how badly the situation is deteriorating day by day. Often you can see trends in daily pictures that you don't really notice when you're looking at the tree in real time.

Big Branches Appear to Be Dying

Big branches take a lot of fuel from your tree. So if you start to notice that larger branches, particularly toward the uppermost reaches of the tree are not faring well, that's an indication of a larger problem. When the tree diverts energy to healing itself, it can't send those nutrients to the farthest branches. If the branches are extremely high up, use binoculars or the zoom feature on your camera to get a better look at whether the branches are rotting or not. You can try the same trick of taking a picture every day to see if the problems with the branches are progressing or not.

There Are Power Lines Close By

Power lines can do a lot of damage to a tree, but you might not notice right away. Often trees that are near power lines adapt and move branches to work around the lines and poles. Sometimes the wires are still too close, however, and that can be dangerous for the tree. If you can't keep the limbs trimmed away from the power lines, the tree may need removing altogether.

If you're concerned that your tree is in danger, it may be time to do something about it. Contact a tree removal expert like Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. who can assess the situation and recommend a course of action that will work for you.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.