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As we welcome spring and prepare for the arrival of summer, it’s only natural to want to get your garden cleaned up and looking its absolute best. Being able to enjoy your own private outdoor space is wonderfully relaxing, allowing you to connect with nature. And while you may be busy pruning all your perennials and giving thought as to what annuals you will plant this year, you may also want to take a close look at any trees you may have on your property.
While trees are meant to last for a lifetime, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. They can become stressed, unhealthy, and even start to die. This can happen to any type of tree, no matter the age, which means it’s important you stay up on their health. So, how can you tell if your trees are healthy? Here are some signs to watch for.
Dead and/or Broken Branches
A good place to start is by inspecting the tree for dead and/or broken branches. While they may only be a couple if you see this amount growing, this can be a red flag. You also want to be sure that you remove dead branches as quickly as possible, as they act as a vessel for insect and disease that will spread to the rest of the tree.
Does the Tree Have Bare Patches?
You can also look at the general shape of the tree. Does it look bushy and full or are there bare patches? If there are areas where the leaves aren’t growing, it could be an early warning sign. Often this means there is a lack of nutrients that are reaching those areas of the tree.
How Do the Leaves Look?
The way the leaves look can also act as an indicator. Leaves should be brightly colored and hold their shape and form without wilting or drooping down. If the leaves are wilting, it usually means the tree needs water. If the leaves aren’t staying their normal color and are turning brown or yellow out of season, then this can point to a number of issues.
What to Do About a Dying Tree?
Sometimes even with the best intentions, products, and practices, a tree may still not be salvageable. If that’s the case it needs to be removed so as not to cause any safety concerns. Dead branches can fall or snap off during storms and cause a whole lot of destruction. JC Arborists recommends having a dead tree professional removed so as to do it properly and safely. The last thing you want is to attempt to cut down the tree yourself and have it fall towards a building, car, or even yourself. Professionals have the proper tools and training to do the job safely.
Maintaining Healthy Beautiful Trees
Even though trees don’t often require the same amount of work and attention as a garden does, they still should be monitored for general health and wellness. Catching signs of stress and disease early on can save the tree’s life.