From increasing your property value and aesthetic qualities to keeping your heating and cooling costs in check, there are several reasons to keep the trees on your lot healthy and strong. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, your trees can still become very ill and even perish.

The ability to recognize the signs of tree illness can help you act quickly. And with the correct intervention, you might be able to save your tree. Here are a few signs your tree is ill and dying.

Several Falling Branches

It is not uncommon for branches to fall over after a heavy snowfall or during a nasty storm. However, if there are branches that are constantly breaking or falling off and the weather has been pleasant, it could be a sign of severe tree illness.

The branches of a tree that is diseased or dying will also feel very brittle and dry and feature very few or no leaves, which is another sign that the tree is ill. It’s common for leaves to change color and fall off in autumn. However, if your tree’s leaves start changing in the spring or summer or the leaves are wilting when the weather is warm, it is a clear warning sign that there is a problem.

Brittle Twigs

Another way to tell if your tree needs some serious TLC is to grab a twig and break it in half. If the twig bends and is difficult to break, that is a good sign. The inside of a healthy twig will also be green. However, if you grab a twig that snaps apart very easily and is dry and brittle, it is considered deadwood.

If you find a single twig that is dead, go around the tree, grab a few more twigs and test them. If the tree is covered with several deadwood twigs, it is a clear sign that the tree is diseased and dying.

Presence of Certain Type of Fungus

There are several different types of fungus that can infest a tree. Some types of fungus are not harmful, and others signal that your tree is dying because the fungus is feeding off the decaying wood. One type of fungus to watch out for is called tree bracket fungus. It comes in several different colors, including white, and looks like shelves that are growing out of the trunk.

If you notice this type of fungus infecting any of your trees, and you also witness any of the other above-mentioned signs, it is a sign that you need to have the tree examined by a professional.

Why Dying Trees Are Dangerous

If you only have one or two decaying trees on your property and they are not posing any threats to your property or family, you might consider leaving them alone. However, you shouldn’t ignore any decay for a couple of reasons. The first is the chance that the tree could fall. Even if it’s in a location that is very out of the way, the diseased tree could still fall and cause damage.

Additionally, if the tree is sick or dying because of an illness, such as blight, Dutch Elm Disease, or oak wilt, the illness can easily spread from one tree to the next. If you suspect your trees are dying because of any tree disease, contact a professional tree service or arborist immediately.

From falling branches to the presence of fungus, there are many different signs that your trees are sick, dying, and in serious trouble. If you have noticed that you have sick trees or have any additional questions, contact Ross Tree Company.