While trees may be a long lasting and large part of your landscaping design, they are still living plants, which means that they can contract diseases and suffer over time due to age, damage, and other factors. Trees that have reached the end of their lifespan can pose a serious threat to both you and your home, as their large size poses a danger if they end up dying and falling. Understanding some of the signs associated with a tree that needs to be professionally removed can help you identify when you need to contact a landscaping professional to do so before your trees pose a serious problem to your home and garden.
1. Dead Canopy
Keep an eye on the leaves that make up the crown or canopy of your tree. A tree that has begun to die or is otherwise unhealthy will first show its signs there: leaves will dry up and die, and entire branches may begin to sag or begin to fall apart, and rot may take hold in sections that have already died. However, be sure to keep in mind that if only a single part of your tree is exhibiting these symptoms, your tree may only be sick, not dying. Calling a landscaping professional early may mean that only a section of the tree has to be removed instead of the entire thing.
2. Peeling Bark
Another telltale sign that a tree has begun to die and likely cannot be saved through selective trimming or other treatments is if you notice that the bark on the trunk of the tree itself is peeling or has otherwise separated from the wood underneath. Exposed trunk wood means that your tree has either suffered through a disease that has spread throughout the entirety of the plant, or that the tree failed to get enough nutrients and has starved. In the first case, you'll want to remove the tree as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading to other trees and plants in your yard: in the second case, removal is necessary to prevent the tree from falling on your home or property.
3. Fungus Growth
Finally, the last sign that your tree has completely died and should be removed before it can cause harm to your landscape is if you notice that fungus has begun to grow on the trunk of the tree itself. Fungus will only feed on dead organisms: its presence on your tree means that the entire thing is dead. Further, fungus will slowly structurally degrade the tree itself, making a collapse and falling branches very real possibilities.
For more information, contact a company like Big Tree Nursery.