It’s important to visually assess your tree from the ground up. Look for these signs to properly gauge the health of your tree.
Examine what’s happening at the base of the tree. Pay attention to the roots and look for decay or other soft spots. Are there cracks present in the trunk? Severe damage can likely affect the long-term survivability. Trunk swelling, or overgrown areas of bark can be a signal of advanced decay. As a tree ages, old bark will fall off on its own. In healthy trees, newer bark will grow to replace it, but if newer bark fails to grow and smooth patches of wood remain for longer periods of time, your tree may not be in good health.
Look towards the crown, or top, of the tree from the ground. Pay attention to broken or hanging branches, patches of missing bark or areas that have failed to regrow leaves over an extended period of time. Depending on the season or type of tree, bare leaves should be noteworthy. Deciduous trees will shed their leaves in the winter when healthy, whereas they will cling to the dead branches during the winter when unhealthy.
Spotting root damage isn’t always obvious. Exposure to extreme elements, poor soil compaction, or even recent construction or excavation projects can damage a nearby root system. Additionally, nearby construction or tree removal could expose your tree to more direct sun or wind and this sudden increased exposure can be damaging to the soil and tree itself.
Aside from the aesthetic impact, dying trees can add additional costs:
Dead or weakened branches can fall without warning and pose a liability cost.
Dead trees can attract insects or other pests that can multiply rapidly.
Dying or diseased trees can spread to other nearby trees on your property.
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