It can be difficult to know if a tree is dead or alive. When you have a dead tree on your property it is best to have it removed before it can become a hazard. Below we look at some of the most common reasons for tree deterioration.
Tree trunk deterioration
Look at the tree trunk and look for cracks and pieces of bark missing. If you see any it might be a sign that your tree is dying. Healthy trees continually replenish their bark on a continuous basis. If the trunk is bald and smooth looking your tree needs to be evaluated by a professional tree service.
Look at the tree trunk and look for signs of fungus at its base. Fungus growth is one of the most common signs of a dead tree. It could mean that the tree is decaying from the inside out and is already dead.
Cut or Scrape the Branch
One of the easiest ways to determine the health of a tree is by cutting or scratching a branch. With a small knife scratch one of the tree's branches and if you see green, fleshy material your tree is in good shape.Try this to some more branches in different parts of the tree, and if they all show the same result, you've got a healthy tree.
Check for Bare Branches
Tree branches should produce new leaves in spring or summer, but if they are not, it can be an indicator that it is damaged. In some cases, only one side of the tree is affected with bare branches, and the other side is fine. It can mean that the tree is only diseased on one side, but it could still be a problem because the tree will become lopsided and breakdown because of its weight.
Check for Damaged Roots
If the tree is at an odd angle or leaning towards one side it can give an indication that trees roots are damaged. Construction and excavation sites areas can also loosen up the top soil and can contribute to the root's damage by creating shallow roots.