How to Tell if Your Tree is Dead or Dying
We know the title of the article sounds sad but the reason we write about this is because dead or dying trees are huge safety liabilities. All it takes is the perfect storm or a strong gust of wind to send a huge branch or tree hurtling toward your home or car.
This happens all the time all over North America. This is also very important when buying home. A big mistake many consumers make is that they don’t ever look up. You should be looking for factors such as root decay, disease, leaning trees, dead branches, insect infestations and more. Other factors include exposed roots, holes in the trunk, cracks and peeling bark. None of these factors may necessarily mean that your tree is dead, however they have a strong bearing that your tree may be in the process of dying.
Much of these issues can be alleviated by an experienced, decent arborist. You can’t bring a tree back to life if it’s already dead. But for those on the brink, many are completely salvageable.