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Do you have a Sick Tree?

Trees are beautiful! No doubt about that. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But in order to keep them looking beautiful for years to come, they will need a little extra love and care. Without proper maintenance and preventative treatment, trees can become ill and eventually die.

To keep an eye on your trees’ health, try to inspect the trees around your property for signs of damage or disease at least once a season, or every 3 months. Just because your tree appears healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. Take a closer look! Trees can display thick and lush green leaves while harboring an illness.

What are the signs of a sick tree?

Wilted or Discolored Leaves

It may be a subtle change in color, like a lighter shade of green appearing, or it might be noticeable yellowing or browning of the leaves’ edges, but a change in coloration or texture of the leaves or needles are signs of an ailing tree. Also, keep a watch on the growth and density of the tree’s leaves. Uneven growth patterns may be caused by storm damage, improper pruning over the years, or it could be a sign of another condition.

Mildew, Fungi & Mushrooms

Trees often decay from the inside out, so it can be hard to see the signs of decay from the beginning. A good indicator of decay is the presence or growth of fungi like mushrooms. Mildew usually appears as white or gray powdery substance on the tree’s trunk and leaves. Although mildew normally will not kill a tree, it can cause the tree’s future growth to be mangled and stunt its ability to recover during harsh weather.

Tree Insects

If you see any creepy crawly insects on the tree’s trunk, branches, or leaves, then there should be cause for alarm. Tree Insects carry a large number of illnesses, disease pathogens, and bacteria which can seriously harm the tree in its entirety. Even if you don’t see the insects themselves, look for signs that they may be there, including holes borrowed in the tree, loose bark, or sawdust like material around the tree.

Abnormal Growths, Wounds & Sap

Damage can be done to a tree by Mother Nature herself or at the hands of men, but in either case, abnormal growths and wounds should be monitored closely. Watch out for cracks, cankers, and holes. Cankers are lesions on the branches and trunk of the tree, often circular or oval, with a sunken center and raised edges. Deep splits through the bark are also signs of possible tree failure. Be on the lookout for sap seepage, whether from a wound or other area of the tree. Sap seepage can be an indication of a bacterial infection within the tree, or damage being done to the tree by insects or birds.

Dead Wood

Branches and wood that are lifeless and dry are called dead wood. Because they break easily, these dead branches can be dangerous to people and property. These dead wood branches have been given the nickname “widow makers” for a reason. Being brittle, these branches can easily snap in the wind and fall, causing damage to whomever or whatever might be below.

Depending on the severity of the tree’s condition, there are normally two options: nurse the tree back to health, or make arrangements to have it removed. While are a number of treatments available to nurse your beloved tree back to health, only experts like the crew at GP Tree Service can provide you with the best solution to your tree problems. Call GP Tree today for tree removal and treatment services to meet your needs and your budget!

How do you keep your trees healthy?

It’s important to remember that planting a tree in the proper place is key to its survival. By planting your trees in the right location for their needs they will be well watered and fertilized and ultimately be a much healthier tree. Healthy trees are much less likely to encounter problems with disease, insects, or illness.

Pruning off the dead or affected material of trees can help to control the spread of the infection to the rest of the tree or other trees until properly treated. Remember to gather and destroy all leaves and infected material trimmed from the tree, or else your efforts may be in vain. Do not use infected material for compost piles or mulch!

Even if the tree can be saved, it’s important to prune dead, diseased or damaged branches promptly. Not only can diseased branches cause further problems with the tree, a large falling branch can cause considerable damage in its own right.

Disinfect your pruning and trimming tools after use on a sick tree. A simple wash with bleach water can save a tree owner future headaches. By doing this, a tree owner can protect against the spread of the disease to other trees.

If you are unsure of what to do about your sick or unhealthy tree in the Akron, or surrounding Ohio areas, contact GP Tree Service.

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