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Help, Something's Wrong With My Tree!

“My tree is dying. Can you help? This is a common question looking for urgent answers. Unfortunately, it's frequently too vague to offer a helpful answer. It's a good idea to find out what's going on when your trees look damaged. Make a few notes and consider taking some pictures. In lieu of doing the detective work yourself, specialists like Brothers Tree Service can come to your property to diagnose problem areas and provide a plan to mitigate or solve any problems they find. For those that want to do more research, or offer more data for their tree specialists—Keep reading.

Photos of the tree, damaged areas and tree symptoms will be very helpful for diagnosis. Make sure the targeted problem is demonstrated clearly. Images can support accurate tree species identification. Take pictures of the full tree as well as detailed shots to literally give a full picture. Correct identification of tree species is crucial.

Next, it's generally crucial to pay close attention to the specific tree parts that have been harmed. Damage to branches, stems, or roots may result in brown or withering leaves. In general, especially later in the season, leaf stains or holes are common natural occurrences. Even extreme defoliation isn't always a concern for a tree that is otherwise healthy.

If there are symptoms with leaves, look for any patterns. Up top? Top down? Outside in? Inside out? Are trees of the same species in the region or close by exhibiting symptoms? Is this the first year the condition has been noticed? A bit of investigation might turn up important details.

Pattern seasonality and timing can both be significant. Symptoms generally appear at specific periods of the year throughout the life cycles of both insects and illnesses. When did the symptoms start to show up? How long has the issue been present? Is the weather odd lately?

Sometimes a tree's size, including its height and diameter, is significant. Bear in mind that not all huge trees are old ones. Open-grown trees have a quick growth rate.

Sometimes the environment might offer hints. Certain diseases have different hosts. Therefore, it might be crucial to understand the overall soil type, whether wetlands are nearby, and other such landscape characteristics.

Residential trees naturally produce a higher percentage of queries since they are more often observed. Urban surroundings, with their lawns, mechanical injuries, pesticides, compacted soil, open-grown exposure, etc., are extremely difficult on trees. Additionally, the sheer number of attractive horticultural types makes it more challenging to identify trees. Contacting a certified arborist like Brothers Tree Service as opposed to a field forester may be in the best interest of homeowners.

Has the ground been disturbed recently, particularly for residential trees? Root systems can be disturbed by a variety of home landscaping elements, including grass amendments, excessive or insufficient irrigation, roadways, and pathways. Remember that the majority of roots extend from the trunk to an area equivalent to the height of a tree and are located in the top 18 inches of the soil.

If you must offer a sample, be sure it can be used to identify the illness. Usually, a sprig of dead leaves or needles is useless. It's preferable to get a sample in the process of dying when submitting with the other data mentioned earlier.

Infestations that are seen are frequently secondary infestations rather than the root of the issue. For instance, if wood-rotting fungi have weakened the tissue, ants may dig tree trunks. Or, woodpeckers could hunt for larvae that have successfully gotten inside living tree tissues through cracks in the bark. Sometimes the harm is wrongly attributed to other bug species that are just so happen to be visible.

Sometimes lichens are mistaken for a fungus that might harm a tree. Instead, lichens just employ the tree as a growing medium.

Concern might arise from a tree's normal aging process, particularly from changes in the bark. As a tree matures, smooth bark frequently flakes off to reveal coarser textures. The older bark will shed. These changes in appearance might be confused as a disease.

It's a good idea to find out why when anything seems weird with trees; Brothers Tree Service is a wonderful place to start. Most of the time, the reason doesn't create much long-term damage to the tree. However, successful treatment or eradication of infestations, particularly those caused by foreign species, might result from early discovery. One of the greatest ways to safeguard a forest is to have numerous "eyes" on it.

Here are a few images of common diseases in trees:

Antracnose Infected Hollyhock Leaf
In chilly, damp conditions, anthracnose is a frequent leaf disease.
Maple Tree with Rhytisma Acerinum
From mid to late summer, maple trees frequently contract the tar spot disease.
Black Knot disease on a Cherry Tree caused by Apiosporina Morbosa
All varieties of cherry and their companions have perennial black knot cankers.
Numerous tree species frequently get nipple galls from different types of insects and mites.
Beech scale on beech tree caries beech bark disease
Beech scale's white waxy coatings give deadly germs access to the tree.
Wooly Aphids on Crab Apple bark
Woolly aphids are widespread, however they should be reported if they are found on fir or hemlock.

Tree care is complex and as responsible stewards of our urban forests, Brothers Tree Service welcomes the opportunity to help you find answers to any of your tree questions. Just a phone call away, our certified arborists can help you make sure your trees are as healthy as they can be. If you'd like a free consultation from one of our certified arborists, click here!

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