Spotting Dead Trees

Dead Tree

Information About Spotting Dead Trees

Trees are living things and just like every living thing trees can die. However, unlike animals, trees don't emit the same symptoms when they are suffering or are near death. This guide is made to help you distinguish whether a tree is healthy and alive, sick, or dead. Although some diseases are easier to spot than others trees can be destroyed due to diseases. Spotting a sick or dead tree early can save it to ensure that your yard has healthy and lively trees in it.

Benefits of Spotting Dead Trees

The benefits of spotting a dead or sick tree are so you can prevent any catastrophe in the future. Dead trees are extremely unstable and are a hazard to all. A storm or other event could trigger the tree to fall. Dead trees are extremely unpredictable and without a warning they could collapse. A dead tree near a house or yard could fall destroying property and hurt people which is important to have it removed as soon as possible. Sick trees also need to be taken care of or else you will have to remove them due to potential hazards as well.

How It's Done

If your tee is dead or sick it needs to be taken care of immediately. Most sicknesses are due to insects or pests and certain types of fungus that attack specific trees.

The most common tree diseases are Antracnose, (a fungus that east away the leaves of a tree) Root Rot, (a fungus that eats away the roots) and chestnut blight fungus (a disease that has wiped out most chestnut trees in Eastern US). Insects can harm your tree by chewing through the bark and creating colonies in your tree. If a tree is sick or has insects it is best to call your local tree arborist so they can help you take care of the tree.

Dead trees are a little bit easier to spot. Dead trees do not produce leaves or the leaves they produce are sparse and unhealthy looking. This is the number one way to tell if a tree is dead. Sections of the tree may be dead. If a branch is brittle and the bark peels off easy or doesn't produce leaves it is dead. Dead branches need to be removed immediately. Soft or crumbly wood as well as fungus such as muchrooms growing on the bark can indicate the tree is dead. Since trees usually die from the inside out it can be very difficult to spot a dead tree sometimes. If a larger tree is dead in your yard it is recommended that you contact an arborist to have it removed since they are qualified and have the right equipment for the job.