If you have several trees in your yard, you may become concerned that one of them has contracted a disease. If so, look for one or more of the signs below that you have a tree that is severely diseased.
Leaves Are Spotted And Discolored
One of the first signs of tree disease is often a discoloration in the leaves. They may have black spots, and the green leaves may become yellow or brown. Sometimes drought can cause this discoloration, however, so you should also look for another one of the signs discussed below.
Branches That Are Completely Bare
As one of the most noticeable signs, branches that are completely bare could be an indication that your tree is diseased. While it may be normal to have some branches die, you should not see dead ones scattered profusely throughout the tree.
Dead branches could also be a sign that the tree is not getting enough water. However, if there has been adequate rainfall and other signs such as those listed below are present, this could mean the tree itself is dying.
Cracks Start Forming In The Trunk
Another sign that your tree is sick is the formation of cracks within the trunk. While one or two cracks may not be worrisome, many cracks could suggest that a viral or bacterial infection has invaded the trunk, robbing it of water and making it dry out. These open areas could eventually lead to rotting at the core of the trunk, which is evidenced by the sign in the next section.
Fungus Is Growing Out Of The Bark
If you do see cracks along the sides of the trunk, look for fungal growth coming out of them. Since tree fungus feeds on rotting wood, this is a telltale sign that your tree is dying on the inside.
Eventually, the rotten trunk will no longer be able to support the weight of the tree, increasing the chances of it falling. You may want to have the tree removed before this happens to prevent the risk of having it fall on your house, or worse, a family member.
If you have a tree that is exhibiting one or more of the signs above, you should consider having it trimmed or removed from your property to keep it from infecting your other trees. You may want to contact a landscaping company, such as Treetime Inc, as soon as possible that offers trimming and removal services to discuss your options.
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