If your tree stops looking lush, green, and vibrant, there could be something seriously wrong. Each part of the tree is vulnerable to different issues, and you should regularly inspect your trees for signs of ill health.
Leaf damage on trees can be a sign of disease or pest invasion. Look for the following:
- Is the tree losing leaves?
- Are there insects or “sticky sap” on the leaves?
- Are the leaves yellowing?
- Are there brown spots or holes on the leaves?
If your tree has been under watered or overwatered, it may be stressed. Stressed trees are more susceptible to disease or insect attacks. Water your trees as advised by your Arborists for best results, and call us if your tree looks sick
American Arborists’ ISA Certified Arborists can identify your specific tree problem and recommend a course of action to improve your trees' health and longevity.
If your tree seems to be drooping, lopsided, or uneven, attention to the branches may be the solution. Look at your tree and do a quick evaluation:
- Are there dead or broken branches?
- Do the limbs seem excessively long and heavy?
- Are limbs hitting buildings or structures?
- Is there a potential hazard in your tree?
American Arborists’ tree pruning service can correct most issues with industry standard ANSI A300 pruning procedures. Crown thinning, raising, and/or weight reduction can give you peace of mind and improve the long term health of your trees. Hazard pruning may also include the installation of cables and braces to help mitigate the risk of tree failure. A hazard assessment is critical to understanding potential liabilities that may be present.
Storms or excessive growth can cause trees to split or crack resulting in possible damage to property and life. Trees in this situation need to be remedied immediately. Our ISA Certified Arborists are available for emergency calls 24 hours a day, every day!
Your tree's bark is its main defense against decay and pests. If damaged, your tree’s health can start to go downhill quickly. Look at the bark on your tree:
- Are there holes in the bark?
- Are there cracks or splits in the trunk?
- Is the bark peeling off the trunk or branches?
- Is your tree excreting excess sap or showing signs of discoloration?
Many insects enter a tree’s system by boring into the tree’s bark and trunk, causing irreparable damage. Stressed trees are often more susceptible to attacks by boring insects, compounding the problem. Significant bark damage can result in tree decline, die back, and even death. Contact us immediately if you suspect damage from boring insects or other pests, as your tree's life could depend on it.
The root crown (the part of the root system that lies just beneath the soil) is another gateway for damage. Tree roots usually extend at least as far out as the canopy. Check your tree and the ground around it:
- Has your tree been planted too deep?
- Has your tree had fill built up around it?
- Is the ground around the tree compacted from heavy foot traffic?
- Is the base being sprayed by irrigation?
- Has there been recent construction activity under the tree canopy?
The majority of tree roots are only 18″ deep. Construction, compaction, landscaping and irrigation can have detrimental effects on a tree's health. A proactive effort should be made to preserve your trees prior to any disturbance around their root systems.
Further beneath the surface, your tree’s roots continue to grow and spread. If your tree seems to be failing and there is no obvious reason, look to the ground:
- Do you have poor soil conditions?
- Are your trees suffocating from a lack of oxygen and poor drainage?
- Did you know that most tree problems are due to poor soil conditions?
Soil and root conditions are the most important areas of a tree’s health and an overwhelming majority of tree problems are due to poor soil conditions and improper root development.
American Arborists will help you ensure that your trees are receiving the natural micro-organisms, humates (rich organic matter), and oxygen they need to survive in their environment.
Key Benefits of the Service
Having your trees health checked on by an ISA Certified Arborist is part of a sensible tree maintenance program. Our Arborists can:
Quickly diagnose the problem
Suggest a plan of treatment
Perform any physical work to be done
Treat for insect infestations
Deliver “wound care” to damaged trees
Test your soil
Trust the experts to help you save the life of a tree in trouble!