SIGNS OF A DYING OR DEAD TREE
You should be aware of the signs of a dying or dead tree to prevent unwanted damage to your property. When trees begin to die they become a hazard. Dead branches can fall on cars, homes, garages, sheds, fences, pools, power lines, pets, and people. There are warning signs you should look for to help determine the health of your tree.
- Leaves are brown when they should not be during growth season.
- Red or Brown needles on your Evergreen is a sign that the tree is dying.
- Branches that have lost its bark is a sign of a dead branch.
- Fungus on the branches is a telltale sign that the branch is dead.
- The bark is dry, loose, and falling off.
- There are holes in the bark that indicate insect infestation.
- The trunk has fungus.
- The trunk and roots are slimy indicate a dead tree.
- Missing bark at the trunk.
- Carpenter ants at the base and around the tree.
- If you peel away the bark and the tree is dry then you have a dying tree.
WHAT TIME OF YEAR SHOULD TREES BE PRUNED?
Winter is a great time to cut most trees. As a general rule, trees and woody shrubs that don’t bloom are usually fully dormant in late winter – and should be pruned in the “dead” of winter. Blooming trees and shrubs should be pruned after they bloom.
Occasionally, pruning species such as maple and birch should be done in mid-summer for minimal sap loss. Prune trees for the importance of both health and safety. Trees that already dead should come down before they become a source of injury or property damage – any time of year!