If you're like most homeowners with mature landscaping in your yard, you place a high value on the big trees that provide you with shade, act as windbreaks, and generally increase the aesthetic appeal of your property as a whole. However, you're probably also at a loss concerning how to proceed when you notice signs of tree trouble. Although you probably know that serious leans and other obvious signs of distress and you may be unaware of several subtle signs that the time has come to bring in the services of a professional arborist. Following are three situations when scheduling a visit from an arborist may save the life of your favorite tree:
The Appearance of Fungal Colonies on the Trunk
Many homeowners find that fungal growth is picturesque and adds character to the appearance of a tree. However, it can also be a sign of serious disease, so call in an arborist to pinpoint the problem. If the tree has a significant fungal infection, it may have to be removed, so reach out for professional assistance shortly after you first notice the fungal growths -- if they're allowed to multiply, it may be too late.
The Appearance of Crown Dieback
The tricky thing about crown dieback is that you probably won't notice it until the tree has been severely affected -- after all, it's difficult to see what's going on at the top of an average fully-grown tree from the vantage point of your yard. In order to assess whether or not a tree is experiencing crown dieback, you need to observe the tree from above or from a distance. You don't need to be directly above the tree to tell whether crown dieback is an issue -- you'll be able to see this from a block or so away -- the top of the tree will look as if it's wilting. Be sure to make a habit of checking your trees on a regular basis for any sign of this condition.
The Appearance of Bumpy of Split Bark
Bark issues are sometimes the result of the natural aging process of trees, but they can also signify the presence of pests and pathogens, some of which may kill the tree if allowed to continue unchecked. When in doubt, make an appointment for a qualified tree care professional to inspect the tree to pinpoint the problem and prescribe a solution.
Contact a company like Phoenix Tree Service for more information and assistance.