Why is my tree dying?
There are a multitude of reasons your tree could be suffering. The
main possibilities are age, disease, lack of nutrition, infestations, fungi,
and damage. The vast majority of trees that suffer from disease, do not display
symptoms on the outside. In fact most diseased trees only display symptoms on
the inside which can make matters worse for caring homeowners. Many of these
diseases will eat the trees contents into decaying and creating a hollow trunk.
It is possible for this process to further become complicated by the breaking
of hollowed out branches, and limbs.
One of the worst possible scenarios for a trees health is disease
followed by the winter or harsh weather climates. This ultimately will result
in physical breaking of much of the trees limbs. Lack of nutrition tends to be
a problem with transported trees. Often the trees will be arranged in such a
matter that they do not collect enough sunlight. The importance of arranging
trees in a position where they can grow adequately cannot be overstated.
Another big killer of trees is infestations. There are pollens,
insects, and fungus that will mold together and create dangerous bacterial
breeding grounds. Insects in most cases will burrow into the tree and establish
nests that thrive off of sucking the nutrients directly out of the tree. When
you factor in the rich amount of nutrients inside, and the rate of insects to
multiply you have a very serious threat for your tree.