Growing a tree from a sprout to a towering structure of strong wood and thick bark is an extremely rewarding experience. Trees are beautiful that stand as sentinels of some of our most memorable years and stunningly vivid memories of our time outside. When your tree starts to look a little less than healthy as the years progress, it can be easy to shrug it off as a mild change and nothing really serious. The truth is, it can be hard to make sure that your tree remains healthy. With the help of our tree trimming expertise, you’ll be able to determine if your tree is dying or merely diseased and what you need to do to combat it.
Gauging Tree Health
Trees are complex organisms, but they’re still a form of plant life so you don’t have to be a veterinarian to diagnose an issue with your tree’s health. If you check the health of your tree on a regular basis you’ll be able to handle issues before they become something more sinister and rather than calling us for tree trimming you might be calling us for stump removal. There are a few steps that you can combine to find out how to treat your tree and determine what kind of tree trimming and health solutions you might need to employ.
Test Out Your Bark
The first step to determine tree health is to check out the bark of your tree. Much like skin, the bark will display some abnormalities if the innards of the tree are a little worse for the wear. Thus, if you can see a “wound” in the bark it’s totally indicative of a pretty serious health problem. It’ll be a spot that looks like it’s been potentially carved out of the tree, but it’s merely been decaying in that section. That is a definitive sign of tree rot and you’ll need to take immediate action if you want to save the tree. Fungus is another blood red flag that will lead to the death of your tree sooner rather than later. Look out for cracks in the bark too as it implies you’ll be having issues with the structural integrity of the tree and high winds could easily cause significant damage.
Tree Trimming Test
You should definitely evaluate your twigs and branches to gauge the health of your tree. First, remove a small twig or branch and crack it open. If you break it off and find it’s bright green inside you’ve got a healthy tree. Dark green means it’s aging poorly and losing some health, and if you find it’s black or brown the branch you took it from is dead. You can classify that branch as “deadwood.” If you find evidence of dead wood in one section, you’ll probably find it in other parts too. Test several branches and twigs around the tree to carefully assess the damage. Sometimes handling this issue is as simple as cutting off the limbs with good tree trimming techniques. Other times it’s much more complicated.
The Scratch Test
If you’re worried the tree is actually dead, head to the source and scrape some of the bark off. If the innards of the trunk look brown or black, the tree is already gone. If it’s still got some green, you can totally salvage it.