Despite the fact that a large tree in the lawn, giving graceful shade to a cottage is the most popular scenic heartthrob the reality is slightly different. Trees on the lawn are beautiful and very truly it is necessary to grow more trees for a healthy atmosphere and ecosystem. However, this does not dismiss the truth that, in the current day scenario, trees on the lawn or at close quarters to the residence is a threat. The network of utility lines from drainage, water, electricity and other technological interferences has made healthy growth difficult for our trees. If there is an unhealthy tree on your yard or lawn or anywhere in the neighborhood, it is time for action. If you continue to ignore, the tree’s health would decline to the extent where reaching out for a tree surgeon to carry out tree removal in Austin would be the only option. Here are few signs and symptoms that will help you identify an unhealthy tree.
Every tree is unique and different, by this we mean even within the same plant species individual trees are different. An Austin Live Oak by the lake is not the same as the Live Oak near Texas’ rocky areas. The land, water and air; every element that influences the tree’s growth has an effect in determining the individual characteristics of the tree. Concluding that a tree is unhealthy by an overall outward estimation is possible, but it needs an expert’s eye like an ISA certified arborist. Only a specialist would be capable of spotting an unhealthy (or dangerous tree), right from the look of leaf shape, size, color, tree’s structural hierarchy (a lean way too away from its centre of gravity), density of canopy, leaf cover, branch structure, tree height, tree width, etc. Given the tree’s age and conditions provided, is the tree healthy? This is estimation to be made to evaluate the tree’s health. If any of the above-mentioned defects are visible in the tree’s stature, then you are looking at an unhealthy tree which poses a threat to the immediate surroundings.
The Leaf, Flower and Fruit
Displaying of a tree’s beauty- leaves and flowers and fruit. These three are also the easiest giveaways to determine trees’ health. If your tree skipped yielding flowers and fruits during its assigned time, then it is obvious that your tree is facing a struggle. Flowers that are not up to the color, shape or size they ought to be and fruits that don’t taste right or look anything as good as they were from your tree, cankers on the fruit surface, etc.; red signals, check on your tree’s health!
Choloris is the yellowing of leaves. A common condition from insufficient production of chlorophyll. Browning of leaves, premature aging of leaves, chlorosis, loss of lustre in the leaves are signs that the tree has either been unable to assimilate the nutrients and minerals that are available or it has been denied of its nutrients. Both conditions are detrimental to tree health and this needs monitoring. If your wonderful tree in Austin has been throwing at you any of these pointers, call for help immediately.
Your tree also has a backbone: its trunk. Cracking on the trunk, cavities within, peeling bark, holes from insect boring activities and tree infections via sap, do not dismiss any of these as no big deal. A cavity that you think is not big enough could be capable splitting your tree and the ‘V’ shaped junction, where branches divide, could actually be a multi-stemmed tree that you are unaware of. Double or multi stems are unhealthy for the tree’s structure. The tree grows weak and suffers to support the heavy crown or canopy above.
When the tree trunk grows weak and incapable of providing the branches with adequate nourishment, dead branches on the lawn it is!
The soil is the primordial element that comes into play in every plant or tree’s life. Right from the sowing, the soil takes the lead. Apart from providing the tree with water and other minerals required for growth and functioning, the ground also plays an important role in root anchorage. A good soil supports healthy roots. The other problems with root growth can be exposed root collar, root girdling and root rot. Root rotting and decay could be either from beetle (borer or bugs) invasions or from fungal attack. Look from mushroom growth at the bottom of the trunk and near the roots or decay to identify a fungal attack, and look for frass (sawdust from root and trunk boring activity) to spot boring activity. A close inspection at the ground would reveal more about your tree health than what you notice by looking up at it. Call for an arborist today if you haven’t had a soil inspection before.
Unhealthy trees are a threat to your roof and for the tree itself. An unattended infected tree diminishes the land value and quality. Austin, Texas has been the haven for several magnanimous tree species, therefore also giving you with a good chance at the best tree surgeons. If you suspect a sick tree in the premises, give us a call today at Value Tree Service to fix an appointment with our arborists. Identify the threat, save your tree today!