signs of a dying treeMany homeowners don’t know the signs of a dying tree. Unlike other plants, many dead trees remain standing for years after they stop growing. However, it’s only a matter of time before the tree topples down on its own, and you don’t want to be around when that happens. Here’s how you can tell it’s time to call for professional help.

The Bark Is Brittle and Peeling

Healthy trees have a strong, flexible bark that is slightly moist to the touch. Bark continues to grow in layers throughout the lifespan of the tree. If the tree is near the end of its life, however, the bark will begin to deteriorate. Brittle, flaking bark is often the first sign of a sick or dying tree.

There are many reasons for the decline of a tree’s bark. Sometimes, old age is to blame, and there’s really nothing else you can do. In other instances, a fungal infection may be affecting the health of the tree. Pests and insects can also cause damage to the bark. A tree expert can determine the cause of brittle bark and let you know the best solution.

Green Leaves Are a Thing of the Past

Deciduous trees shed their leaves each winter. You may notice the leaves changing colors—often shades of yellow or brown—before they drop. Bright green leaves emerge once again during the growing season. This cycle happens every year in a healthy tree’s life.

However, if you notice the tree losing its leaves before fall or winter, it may indicate a problem. Diseased or dying trees often shed their leaves during the spring or summer, and yellow leaves may also be a sign of stress. You should report any unexpected change in a tree’s leaves to an arborist.

The Tree Suddenly Leans to One Side

If you inspect the forest, you’ll notice that many trees don’t stand perfectly straight. It’s common for trees to have a slight, subtle lean. As trees mature, they tend to grow in the direction of the sunlight. That’s why some oddly-shaped trees have a dramatic lean before growing upwards.

But, if your once straight tree begins leaning out of the blue, weak roots may be the culprit. Carpenter ants and fungus are notorious for harming tree roots. These pests want to feast on your tree, and it may fall over if the roots fail. Always seek immediate help if your tree begins favoring one side.

Know Who to Call for a Dying or Sick Tree

Unhealthy trees pose a considerable threat. You never know when the tree may die and fall over on your property or a loved one. If you suspect your tree has seen better days, it’s time to reach out to a local arborist for advice.

Engram’s Tree Service has been in operation for over 25 years. As a husband and wife team, you can count on us to provide prompt, expert service. Our extensive knowledge of tree care means there is no job we can’t handle. We also have a state-of-the-art crane that allows us to tackle even the biggest trees. If you notice signs of a dying tree in your yard, contact Engram’s Tree Service to determine the next step.