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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Five Signs Of A Struggling Tree




Trees are an integral part of any garden design and, aside from the occasional trimming of branches, they are also relatively low maintenance. However, trees - like any other plant life - can experience problems that will require action to resolve. In an effort to ensure you are always able to identify signs of ill health in the trees in your garden, below, we’ve put together a list of warning signs you need to be aware of…

#1 - Damage to the trunk

Wildlife can cause nicks and holes in trees, so small, isolated areas are not necessarily a cause for concern. However, larger cavities, patches of loose bark, or swollen areas could be a sign that the tree is struggling, especially if the issue is widespread across the entire trunk.

#2 - Fungi or mushroom growth near the roots

Fungus or mushrooms growing either on the roots or in the surrounding area is always a concern, even if the tree otherwise appears to be well.

#3 - Dead branches

A single dead branch does not necessarily mean that the entire tree is unwell, but could signal further investigation is required.

Identifying a fully dead branch can be tricky, but here are a few tips on what to look out for:

     Dead branches tend to hang low and, often, somewhat precariously.
     Bark will often be missing, and the branch may be a different colour to other branches.
     In spring, dead branches will remain as bare wood; if you can see any buds at all, the branch is still alive.
     In the fall, any deciduous tree will shed its leaves in preparation for new growth the following spring. If old leaves are still clinging to the branch of a deciduous tree in December, then the chances are that the branch has died.
     Fungus growing on any tree branch is a bad sign; even if the branch is still technically alive, it may not remain so for much longer if fungus is present.

#4 - Yellow or brown leaves

Obviously, some tree leaves change colour in the fall naturally. However, yellow or brown leaves during spring or summer are not normal, and definitely warrant further investigation.

#5 - A drooping canopy

If the tree’s canopy is drooping in spring or summer, this could be a sign of underlying illness. If the drooping canopy is accompanied by excessive leaf fall, then you will need to take further action.

What should you do if you notice any of these signs?

If you notice any of the signs above, the next step is to seek to identify the cause of the issue. There are a variety of different ways you can do this, ranging from consulting an expert to opting for an air spade investigation service to examine the tree’s roots and look for signs of common diseases. Realistically, professional assistance is the only way to both ascertain the reason for the issue and, if necessary, formulate a solution, so it’s best to avoid DIY fixes and instead place your tree in the experts’ professional hands.

In conclusion

Hopefully, the above guidance will help you to identify any health issues in your trees and, if necessary, ensure you are able to take remedial action that can guarantee you’re able to enjoy a beautiful treeline long into the future!

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