If you have a tree that concerns you either by its lack health and aesthetics or its structural integrity, you should have an evaluation done as early as possible.
In at least 75% of the cases we are called on, the tree can be restored to good health and made structurally safe, but time is of the essence. Trees showing signs of stress are often in a stage of continuous decline, and the sooner treatment is administered, the better the chances of recovery.
Of course if a tree is structurally at risk, the next heavy storm could bring it down. No one can predict when this will occur, but we can assess the level of risk.
We assess your trees from top to bottom. Look for these 5 major signs of a tree in decline or at risk of breaking or uprooting:
Dead branches or branch tips. This is usually the first visible sign that a tree is in declining health. This indicates diminished circulation either in a localized area or throughout the tree.
Wilted or discolored leaves. This is often caused by a lack of water, but can also be due to a fungal infection.
Fungus (also called “Conks”) growing out of the trunk, or mushrooms growing along roots. This indicates some internal decay inside the trunk, or roots that have died off. On a limited scale, this is usually not serious and can be treated over time.
Sawdust (also called “Frass”) in spots around the trunk base. This is serious. It indicates an insect borer, and usually when this is seen, the tree is beyond treatment.
Severe lean, trunk cavities, decay or cracks in the trunk or major limbs. These are structural defects, and the primary remedy is reduction pruning of the outer* canopy. By reducing the length of the limbs, we reduce both weight and wind stress – 2 major structural benefits.