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How to Identify a Dying Tree

Are you concerned about a tree on your land? If you feel a tree is becoming unwell, you should consult a professional as soon as possible. It may be that the tree can be saved, through proper tree care and maintenance. However, it is also important to bring in an expert when a tree is dying or dead. Trees at the end of their life lose their strength and structure, making them highly dangerous.

Signs that a tree is dying

One of the easiest signs to spot when a tree is sick is the thinning of leaves. Healthy green leaves are a good sign that a tree is growing well. When leaf loss occurs out of season, you should consult a professional. Loss or discolouration of the bark is another early sign. A tree putting out shoots from the trunk or near the roots is another sign of distress, as is the sudden and rapid appearance of fungus.

If tree illness is advanced, then branches and boughs could begin to fall off. This is when a tree becomes extremely dangerous to people and property. Decaying trunks can lead to complete structural failure, with the tree uprooting or falling down, which can be catastrophic. Swift action should be taken to deal with the dying tree.

How to deal with a dying tree

Not all trees are beyond help. If you spot the sign early, it is often possible to nurse a sick tree back to health. In the very early stages of sickness, tree pruning and shaping can encourage healthy growth. Deadwooding, or removing dying parts of the tree, can create space for healthy branches to flourish.

However, a tree that is beyond help needs to be removed as soon as possible, otherwise, it can become dangerous. Tree removals should always be carried out by a qualified specialist, such as the arborists at Logan City Tree Loppers. We use specialised equipment and apply our expert knowledge to remove trees safely.

A dead tree can still be useful after felling, too. The stump or trunk can be left as a habitat for wildlife, or the timber can be milled with our mobile machinery – or broken down for sawdust.

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