A skilled and experienced arborist can properly identify the stages of tree death and attempt to save a weakened or sick tree. However, a tree that is already dead is a danger to your family and your property. In this case, timely tree removal is critical.
A few dead branches can be very normal for any tree. Fortunately, routine pruning takes care of this problem. However, when you start to notice more deadwood than healthy wood, it’s time to consider tree removal because when a tree dies, the limbs will begin to shed. Eventually, the entire tree will fall, compromising your safety.
Many pests are attracted to weakened or stressed trees. For example, a dying tree will have brittle bark, making it easy for the emerald ash borer to inhabit the tree, causing even more stress. It’s essential to address pest infestation as soon as you start to notice signs of chewed foliage, holes in the bark, stunted or thinned leaf growth, or sticky substances anywhere on the tree. A tree’s likelihood of survival from a pest infestation declines the longer you wait to eradicate it.
Mushrooms need rotting organic matter to survive. Therefore, if you spot mushroom conks growing from the trunk of your tree, your tree is rotting and perhaps already dead. In most cases, trees with a substantial amount of fungi must be removed. By the time mushroom conks appear on a tree, the fungus has already caused severe damage to the tree. Moreover, it’s important to watch for signs of infection in nearby trees because fungi are spread from tree to tree via wind and rain.
Scheduling regular tree care will help prevent tree death. However, if you suspect a tree is decaying, don’t procrastinate! Take care of your dead trees when they are still upright before they fall and cause significant damage.