Watch Out For Signs Of Unhealthy Trees

Is your tree dead or dying? Is it sick? Maybe your tree is just tired of being neighbors with you? Not likely, but there are some tell-tale signs of a tree in need that even the most novice of horticulturists and weekend warriors can pick out. Last weekend while laying in my hammock enjoying the Summer weather I happened to notice what appeared to be an orange-colored fungus gaining a foothold on some of the tree branches. Not wanting to lose my shade or my hammock for that matter I began researching. Here’s what I found.

Top 8 Signs Your Tree is Sick

  1. Saw-dust along the base of the tree.
  2. Mushroom type fungus is growing on the tree. This may look right out of a fairy tale and be pleasant to look at, but those mushrooms are steeling vital nutrients from your tree.
  3. Cracks in the limbs or trunk.
  4. Hollowed out or decaying areas. These may be great areas for an owl to dwell, but it comes at the expense of your tree.
  5. Wilted or discolored leaves.
  6. Insect damage.
  7. Dead branches
  8. Man-made wounds.

If you believe your tree has been adequately watered and is on a regular watering schedule then you may need the services of an arborist. In my case I just needed to prune off some of the infected areas and use a fungicide treatment for trees. The brand I used was Daconil fungicide. I also picked up some worm tea from my friend who is involved in worm composting. Worm tea is an all natural fertilizer and insecticide made from the castings of worms. The tree seems to be in good spirits now with no new signs of fungus growth.

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