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How to Tell if a Tree is Dying and Avoid that Backyard Disaster


Trees are nature’s way of providing the planet with sufficient oxygen and after thousands of years, humanity has finally realised how important they are to the ecosystem. Trees need regular care and attention, if they are to remain safe and attractive and in either a domestic or commercial environment, one must prune often. There are many reasons why a tree might die, perhaps too many to explain in this article, but whatever the reason for the tree’s demise, there are tell-tale signs to look out for, and here are the most common signs that a tree is about to meet its maker.

  • Trunk Damage – If a tree has vertical lines running along the trunk, this could indicate serious damage, and one sure sign is lack of bark. Every tree will shed its bark, just as a snake sheds its skin, and it must do this to accommodate new growth, but if you notice patches of the trunk that are bare of bark, this is a sign the tree is in critical condition and might easily topple over in a storm. If you have a dangerous looking tree on your property, and you live in Western Australia, there are online companies that specialise in tree removal services in Perth and surrounding areas, who can safely remove the tree and also grind away the stump, leaving no trace.
  • Lack of Foliage – If a tree that normally has plenty of young green leaves looks a little bare, this could be a sign of the end of its natural life. Of course, some trees are bare in the winter, so one must make allowances for seasonal changes. If you think a tree is looking rather undernourished and lacks the usual amount of greenery, call in Williams Tree Pro Services, who have been servicing the Perth region since 2005, and there isn’t a job they can’t handle. In England, you'll want to talk to Kings Cuts Tree Services, professional tree surgeons who operate throughout Romford, Dagenham, and the entire Essex area.
  • Change of Elevation – If a large tree suddenly leans over, even slightly, this could mean decay has got to the roots, and with some species, the roots are the first part of the tree to begin to cease working. This can be potentially dangerous, as a very large tree could weigh 30-40 tonnes and heavy wind would bring it down, and if you do notice anything unusual, ask your local arborist to examine the tree in question, as it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Fungus – Fungus on the lower trunk and surrounding the stump can be an indication of internal rot, but you can only establish this by asking an experienced arborist to look at the tree. One can never really be sure until an expert gives their opinion and if the tree is in danger of falling, it must be safely removed by a tree surgeon.

Trees are an attractive addition to any outdoor area and can really give the environment that natural feel, but they are also potentially very dangerous, especially if they are not looked after.

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