When determining if you have a living or dying tree in the wintertime, there is a complication since every tree looks dead. While it is doable yet somewhat difficult to resurrect a dying or sick tree, you can’t bring a dead tree back to life. There are numerous reasons that you should get rid of a dead tree, which we’ll talk about in this article.
Though, how can you tell if a tree is healthy, sick, or dead? Here are some signs that may help you answer this question.
Do I Have a Dying Tree?
The first thing that you need to do is examine your tree. There are a few obvious signs that will help you out and some things you could do on the tree yourself.
Inspect around the base of the tree trunk. Is there fungus? The fungus is an early sign that your tree might be dead. If you see fungus on the trunk, it’s typically a warning that there is decay on the inside of the tree trunk. It’s vital to know that anything past the living fungus is dead.
Tree Trunk Damage
Give your tree trunk a complete checkup. Look for fractures that are going vertically along it. If the trunk has severe damage, this raises the probability that the tree is unhealthy.
Does your tree have bark? As trees mature, bark will tumble off the trunk. If the tree is healthy, the bark will grow back. If your tree isn’t fit, you will see large and small areas on the trunk that are smooth wood spots with no bark.
Inspect the Bare Tree Limbs
Inspect the trees’ limbs. If they’re oddly bare during the spring or summertime, there’s an excellent chance there’s no saving the tree. Sometimes limbs on just 50% are full, and the other half is bare. This fact would indicate that the disease is only on one side of the tree.
A tree in which there’s a disease on one side could turn lopsided and fall. If the tree is deciduous, look to see if the leaves adhere to the limbs in the wintertime instead of dropping off. This sign means your tree is dead.
Look for Damaged Roots
While examining your tree, be sure to look for damaged roots. There are a few factors that can assist you in deciding if you have damaged roots. A key sign that a tree has damaged roots is if the tree seems to tilt to one side. This factor could indicate the tree’s roots aren’t resilient enough to keep it upright.
If there are weak or damaged roots, epicormic shoots may be existing at the trunk’s base. These are sprouts that could spring up, indicating the tree is under severe pressure beneath the ground. Some other aspects can alter a tree’s roots, both human-made and natural, such as new construction, loosened soil compaction, shallow root systems, and excavation projects.
Doing a scratch test is a simple way to reveal a tree’s health. Use a small knife to scrape the outside of a tree limb. If the inside is wet and green, your tree is healthy. Perform this task on a couple more limbs in various spots of the tree. If they’re all moist and green, your tree is in excellent condition.
A Dead Tree in the Wintertime
Deciding if a tree is dead in the wintertime is a little more complicated since dormant trees could appear as if it’s dead. However, one thing you can look for is if the limbs have buds on them. Even in the winter, a tree should have buds. Also, you could do the scratch test here for further determination.
Insects/Disease Could Spread to Other Trees
There are several reasons for a dead tree. Though the tree in question is dead due to diseases, this could create severe harm to nearby trees. Trees plagued with insects and disease could spread quickly to trees close by, copying the original tree’s fate.
If you want a professional opinion about what to do about your dead tree, reach out to us at Tree Worx. We will assist you in making the best decision in getting your dead tree removed swiftly.