In recent blog posts, we have mentioned trees experiencing stress and the possible effects of that. In the post about tiny holes in the trunk of a tree we talked about how pests tend to target trees that are weaker or generally under stress. Also, we posted a blog about wood decay in trees. There we talked about how wounds in trees leave it more susceptible to pests and diseases and possible solutions for wood decay.
So what exactly do we mean when we say that a tree is under stress?
First, let’s talk about what to look for in your trees. If you notice any of these signs it is time to call a certified tree surgeon so they can assess the situation and offer possible solutions.
The appearance of the leaves is one of the biggest telltale signs that something is off with a tree.
Essentially we are looking for any abnormalities in the crown. This includes defoliation, discoloration, leaves that are too small, or premature falling.
Branches and Trunk
Branch dieback is when the branches on the outer parts of the tree start to die. Also, trees under stress may produce little sprouts on the branches or limbs. Notice the presence of any fungi growing on the woody parts of the tree as well.
Wounds in the tree not only cause stress but also greatly increase the risk of pest infestations and disease.
Other Symptoms of Tree Stress
Some general symptoms to look for include girdling roots, slow growth, and too much leaning.
Next week we will discuss potential causes of this stress/weakening and what actions you can take to manage and prevent it.
Again, in order to save your tree it’s important to call an arborist quickly. The sooner you catch it the better the chance we have at saving your tree.
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