Whether your house came with trees or you’ve planted some yourself, if you’re like most people, you don’t think about them much again except enjoying their shade and pleasant appearance. Paying closer attention to the health of your trees can pay off, though. If there’s a health issue with one of your trees, catching it earlier means you have a better chance of fixing it more easily, and less expensively. In addition, if there’s a structural problem with your tree, you may prevent additional property damage if a limb or the whole tree falls. Here are some common things to check for to keep your trees healthy.
Common Signs of Poor Tree Health
Most of the time, trees don’t keep their poor health a secret, but instead find subtle ways to tell us early on that they’re having difficulties. Some indications of possible problems are:
- Noticeable changes to leaf color, shape, or size
- Wilting or dropping leaves beyond seasonal changes
- Fungus, or other growths
- Finding many insects concentrated on parts of the tree
- Other insect signs like holes in leaves and bark or clumps of webs that aren’t from spiders
If you notice any of these issues, it’s a good idea to check with a tree specialist.
Weather-based Tree Problems
Some problems with tree health are due to the weather. Obvious problems like limbs brought down by wind and storms are obvious, but may require attention. Other problems may be the result of weather conditions like drought or flooding, and trees may also need care following either event.
Many insects can cause problems for trees. Some bore their way into a tree, others enter when there’s damage to a tree that exposes layers under the bark, such as after pruning or when a branch or limb breaks off. These insects can cause minor, cosmetic damage, or they can end up killing a tree or contributing to its decline.
Fungus and other Diseases
Different kinds of fungi, cankers, and rust can grow in trees, also causing damage from minimal, cosmetic issues to severe damage and ultimately a tree’s death. Such fungal and bacterial problems can infect a tree from any tree injuries, or they can work their way in from the outside. Many such tree diseases can be treated if caught early, though some, like Oak Wilt, can only be slowed in some cases and never cured.
Wrong Tree for the Location
Some tree problems arise because a tree has been chosen for a location to which it is a poor match. Trees that thrive in a cooler climate like most spruce, mountain ash, and some junipers will perform poorly in northeast Texas. Other poor location matches happen because a tree suited to full sun is trying to grow in the shade, or a water-loving tree may do poorly in very dry soil.
Trees are an integral part of many home landscapes and a healthy tree will provide you many years of shade and beauty. Contact us today so we can help you find the trees you’ll love that will thrive in your space.