If you think that a tree on your property is dead, then you should call a tree service. A dead tree should be a major concern for a homeowner. If it falls, the tree can cause damage to your property or the neighbors' property. Here are four ways to determine if your tree is dying.
Damage to the Trunk
A tree with severe damage to the trunk may be dying. Examples of damage are seams and cracks in the trunk. It is also helps to look at the bark. As a tree ages, the bark tends to fall off. If the tree is healthy, then the bark comes back; a tree stays bare when it is unhealthy. According to Extension, if 50 percent of the tree is damaged, then you should cut it down. An unhealthy tree can survive but will have limited growth.
Check the Branches
Bare branches are a warning sign of a dying tree. Your tree should not have bare branches during the spring and summer months. If dead leaves stay on a deciduous tree through the winter months, then this is another sign. The leaves will just drop on the ground when it is a healthy tree. If the dead leaves are on one side of your tree, then this is a sign of serious root and trunk damage.
Root damage usually indicates your tree is unhealthy. However, it can be harder to detect root damage because the roots are not exposed. Telltale signs of root damage are when your tree starts to lean and when small branches grow from the base.
Some homeowners do not find out about root damage until the roots are exposed. You may find out about the damage through excavation projects, construction projects or when you have a shallow root system.
If you see large fungus growing on your tree, then this indicates that something is wrong. It is a sign that your tree is rotting internally. The fungus is usually on a branch or trunk. Everything behind the fungus is probably dying or already dead.
Location plays an important factor in the health of your trees. If you live in a neighborhood where houses are still being built, then it can cause problems for you landscape. Clearing land to build may expose your trees to more wind and sun. The increased sun and wind exposure negatively affects the health of your trees.
Sometimes the signs are obvious that a tree is dying. If you are not sure, then you can have a tree service, such as Smitty's Tree Service Inc, come out and assess your property. It is important to not wait until a storm come through and cause major damage.