The fall is a good time to give your trees a little extra attention. Mowing, trimming, and gardening all slow down a bit in the fall and provide you with extra bandwidth to look at the condition of your trees. If you notice dead sections, harmful growths, pest activity, or other signs of disease on your trees then they may need some professional attention this fall.
They have dead branches and/or sections
Dead branches and/or sections of your trees can indicate the presence of a problem. It could be a localized problem that only impacts that one area – such as some type of trauma from severe weather. However, a dead area on a tree could be the first sign of a serious and widespread problem. Your tree could be dying from the inside out and the dead branch is the first evidence of it. When you notice that an area of a tree did not grow leaves in the fall or looks brittle it is time to start investigating the potential reasons behind the change.
There are harmful growths present
One of the easiest ways to identify a problem on a tree is seeing growths that should not be there. Growths can occur on the branches or show up on the bark. Keep an eye out for anything on your tree that does not seem to belong. Another potential sign of disease is discoloration of the leaves on your tree. If you notice spots or the leaves changing colors in any season that is not fall then it could indicate a problem. Quickly identifying these issues will help you take action and fix them before they cause serious damage to the health of your tree.
You have noticed pest activity
Pest activity near or on your tree should get your attention and prompt you to action. Pests can damage your tree from the inside out and have the potential to cause tree death. It is sometimes difficult to see pests in action on your tree especially if they spend the majority of their time inside of it. You can look for evidence of pest activity on and around the tree to help you determine if there is an infestation. Clues to look out for include holes in the tree and piles of saw dust around the perimeter. If you suspect pests, have a tree care pro come out to determine if your suspicions are true. Once you know that your tree is infested you can take steps to eradicate the problem.
If you want to keep your trees healthy, it is a good idea to give them a little attention this fall. Keep an eye out for the signs of problems mentioned above. When you notice a potential problem, get help right away. Quickly dealing with any issues your trees encounter is the best way to protect them from damage or death.