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Eight Signs of a Sick Tree

You love your trees. They provide shade, beauty and character to your home and yard. The last thing you want is to cut down a treasured tree that doesn't need to be removed. But a sick tree can be a danger to both your house and your family. Case in point: the Virginia-Highland mother and two sons who were killed by a 100-year old falling tree during a thunder storm in 2003. A certified arborist who examined the tree after the accident said its root system was severely damaged by a root rot fungus.

If you suspect that one of your trees is sick or damaged, check to see if it displays any of the following indicators of a tree in trouble:

  • Mushroom-type fungi growing at the base of the tree
  • Sawdust along the trunk base or root zone
  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
  • Hollow or decayed areas
  • Wilted or discolored leaves
  • Insect damage
  • Dead branches
  • Man-made wounds

If you do have a sick tree and want it removed, call a reputable insured company like offering custom removal services that match your needs and budget. If you love your sick tree and want to know if it can be saved, can still help. We have the technology and expertise to determine if your tree can be nursed back to health, or if it has to go.

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.