Have you ever looked at your lawn, stared up at your trees, and noticed that they seemed a bit off? Maybe it was a barren branch or perhaps it was less vibrant than usual. Whatever the case, it is important to inspect your trees on a regular basis. Chances are, the tree is under stress. If it is a minor issue, you can correct it on your own. For more serious issues, hiring a skilled arborist is the best way to ensure your tree is well cared for. Five Star Tree Services has put together a simple guide on spotting tree stress and how to treat it.
Split or Cracked Trees
Trees that have large cracks or splits should be attended to as soon as possible. Even if you think the damage is minor, it is a good idea to have it evaluated by a professional. Some cracks can heal over time, while those that cover more than half the tree signal that it should be removed.
Injured Branches After a Storm
At times, storms can injure trees, leaving behind broken or weak branches. The best way to keep your trees healthy is to prune the injured branches as soon as possible. Lower branches can be pruned by the homeowner, but higher branches should always be taken care of by a professional tree care company.
Trees that develop a slight slant over the course of several years are no cause for concern. However, trees that are usually straight that develop a sudden slant should be evaluated. The problem could be due to storm damage, disease, or even root failure. The tree can fall over at any time and should be removed by a professional tree care service.
All trees shed their leaves seasonally. However, when a tree loses all its leaves out of season, it is a big sign that there is a problem. Trees will shed leaves when they are stressed by pests, infestations, or even simply lack of proper nutrition.
Early Color Changes & Wilting Leaves
If a tree that should have vibrant green leaves is sporting fall colors out of season, chances are the tree is under stress and should be evaluated. New trees that have yellow or wilting leaves should also be attended to as soon as possible. They may be suffering from transplant shock and need a bit of TLC from your local arborist. Also, trees can become sunburned in high heat, which will result in browned leaves or dried out leaves.
Spotty Leaves After the Rainy Season
If your tree develops spots on its leaves following the rainy season, chances are it is a fungus. This can stress the tree, but with proper care, it is usually treatable. Make sure you call in the professionals as soon as possible because some fungus is lethal to trees and require tree removal.
Small Discolored Leaves Following a Drought
Trees thrive on water and when they don’t get enough it will put the plant under stress. Long-term dehydration will result in small leaves that are yellow or brown in color. Sometimes it can take years for the above symptoms to surface, but the drought will always shorten the lifespan of a tree.
How We Can Help
We care about trees and are always happy to help if you think yours may be under stress. If you’re in need of Richmond Hill Tree Care, give us a call at (416) 990-3355 to set up a no-obligation consultation.