It’s a sign you don’t want to see. You look out the window to admire your landscape and you see it: a dead tree.
Or, at least you think it’s dead. You’re not quite sure what the signs of a dying tree are, but the tree isn’t flourishing and flowering as expected.
So how do you know if a tree is dead and do you need tree removal?
Here are five signs that your yard might be harboring a dead tree.
One of the key signs a tree is dying is if it’s supposed to be changing colors and it’s not. In fact, it’s just brown or yellow, there are minimal leaves, or there are no leaves at all.
If it’s winter, and you’re unsure whether or not it will produce any leaves, look for leaf buds on the branches of the trees. You may have to look closely, but if there are no buds the tree may be dying or already dead. Be sure to give it some time before you call an arborist for tree removal services.
The bark of the tree acts as a protective shield and usually is very strong. Trees have different types of bark, and the bark should typically cling to the tree and difficult to remove.
However, if the bark is brittle and falling off, and you can peel it easily from the tree, your tree might be dead. The bark also might be cracking.
Fungus and Bug Infestation
Bugs like ants and beetle love to make their homes in dead trees. So, if you see signs of bugs crawling around or wood shavings around the tree, there likely might be bugs making their home in your dead tree.
Fungus on the tree or around the base of the tree usually means rotting at the roots. Discoloration or mushrooms growing anywhere on the tree is cause for concern and you should consider tree removal.
If you take a branch off the tree and snap it in half, you’ll likely see green inside. This is the cambium layer, and it means that the tree is alive and well, especially if it’s hard to snap or bend.
On a dead or dying tree, however, the branches will be significantly more brittle and easy to break. Another sign might be that there is an abundance of branches at the base of the tree. A few branches are normal, but falling branches are dangerous.
A leaning tree may be another sign that the tree is dying.
Strong roots will make a tree stand up almost straight, but the roots might be damaged or compromised which will cause the tree to lean significantly.
Even if the tree isn’t dead a leaning tree still poses a danger in case it falls on someone or another’s property.
Know the Signs of a Dying Tree
These are several signs of a dying tree. If you find that your tree has one or several of these signs, it’s time to call a professional and have it removed.
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