How Do I Know When a Tree is Sick?

Is Your Tree Sick? 5 Warning Signs That Something is Wrong

Are you wondering how to recognise when a tree is sick? While a dying tree is usually obvious, it might not always be clear when a tree is in poor health. If you know what to look out for, some types of tree sickness can be taken care of and treated.

If you choose to ignore a sick tree, it can become a danger to wildlife and humans. Broken, dead limbs, may become a hazard and even cause costly repairs if they fall on a building or car. Keep an eye out for these tree sickness signs so you can take care of them quickly.

Abnormalities on the Tree Bark

If you notice moist, weeping, flaking, or discoloured tree bark, this could be an indication your tree is sick. The bark is the trees protection and if it can’t function properly the tree will start to suffer. If caught early enough, your local Brisbane arborist may be able to help and bring your tree back into good health.

Dead and Weakened Branches

If your trees branches are severely dry, cracked or drooping significantly, this can signify the tree is dying. Test whether branches are dead by snapping them off. If the snap is bone dry, the branch is dead. These branches can drop without warning and pose a safety risk. Have your local tree lopping specialist assess whether the tree needs to be removed.

Wilted or Discoloured Leaves

Is your tree showing wilted or discoloured leaves at the wrong time of year? This could indicate that the branches are going to die. It’s a sign that the leaves aren’t getting the right nutrition and moisture that is needed for growth. Damaged leaves, such as holes, can also point to an insect or pest infestation.

Insect and Pest Invasions

While certain insects can live on trees harmoniously, others can wreak havoc, causing a tree to get sick. If you notice more insects than normal on your trees, or potential pests, action needs to be taken. Talk with your local arborist who can help to treat infestations. To deter pests, ensure your tree is kept healthy year round, with a tree care plan such as pruning, watering, mulching and fertilising.

Decay, Mold and Rot that Takes Over

If a tree gets too much water, or it lives in a boggy area, this can cause decay, mold and rot to set in. To stop rot taking over, it should be cut away immediately. Mold can mean that the tree is rotting from the inside.

Talk with your local Brisbane arborist who can help rid your tree of mold and rot and bring it back to good health.