Damage to trees often occurs over a long period of time. If the damage becomes widespread you could be faced with the expensive process of having trees professionally removed from your yard. In addition to the expense, having a mature tree removed from your yard can dramatically impact the overall aesthetic of your landscape. Ultimately, if you have a tree in your yard that is in trouble you need to take action in order to save it, protect your property, and protect anyone who may be near the tree.
Widespread discoloration of the leaves
If you notice widespread discoloration of the leaves on your tree it could be a sign that your tree is in trouble. The presence of disease often shows up in the leaves of trees. Oftentimes the leaves will appear completely yellow and may have spots. Another potential sign of disease to look for in the leaves is when they continue to hang onto the branches after fall and into the winter. A healthy tree will naturally shed the leaves and should not have any stragglers still holding on after the fall.
Obvious pest damage
Obvious pest damage on your tree is a sign that it might be in trouble. Pest damage often shows up as holes that have been bored into the tree. Some types of pests create nests inside the tree that are impossible to see from the outside. This means that you have to look at the signs of pest activity that show up on the outside of the tree. Pests like carpenter ants can create lines of tiny holes around the trunks of trees. If you see this sign or others that may indicate pest damage you need to take action to ensure that the tree is not in danger of dying or falling over.
Sections/branches that are no longer producing
If there are branches or whole sections of a tree that are no longer producing leaves it could be a sign of trouble. Healthy trees produce leaves throughout. An entire section that is not producing can indicate root damage. A branch here and there that is not producing could point to more localized damage. Either way, if you have an area on your tree that is not producing you need to take steps to figure out why and address the problem.
There are a number of parasitic growths that can indicate that your trees are in trouble. These growths include cankerous lesions and ball moss. The source of these problems and the impact they have on trees can vary. Cankerous lesions can disrupt the natural flow of water and nutrients through the vascular system of trees. Ball moss can accumulate and make branches too heavy to bear the weight causing a dangerous situation.
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above in any of your trees it is important that you take swift action. A tree that is in trouble can be knocked over by a storm or have branches that fall off unexpectedly. This creates a dangerous situation for anyone who is near the tree. You can protect the health of your trees and the people who are around them by calling in a tree care professional at the first sign of trouble.