Urban trees are under a lot of stress. Trees are often planted in the wrong places or they're not taken care of properly. A stressed tree should be addressed or the tree's health could decline until the tree needs to be cut down for safety reasons. Here are signs your tree may be stressed out and what actions you might need to take.
Signs of a Sick or Stressed Tree
The leaves on a tree tell a lot about the tree's health. If leaves are sparse, turning colors at the wrong time of year, falling too early, or have signs of insect damage, your tree may need help. Sometimes, a tree sheds its leaves as a defense mechanism, and prompt treatment could save your tree.
The bark of a tree can also give indications to the tree's health. Fungus growing on a tree could be a bad sign since fungus likes to grow on dead and decaying wood. Missing bark, lifted bark, and cracked bark are also signs of a tree in distress.
A leaning tree can be another sign that indicates trouble. Roots showing above the ground and a tree that leans more than it once did could indicate the tree is at risk of falling.
How a Tree Care Company Can Help
Call a tree care company to figure out the cause of your tree's problem and to determine if the tree can be saved. In some cases, a tree might need to be cut down to keep a disease from spreading or to prevent a disaster from the tree toppling over. Other times, a tree can be saved. The tree care company may need to remove some diseased or damaged branches, add nutrients to the soil, water the tree, or treat the tree for a disease or insect invasion.
The tree care company can also teach you important things to do to help your tree over the long term so it can regain its health. This is especially important for young trees, but even mature trees need special care occasionally. You might not be able to prevent storm or insect damage, but you can prevent stress through poor care of your tree.
Trees are affected by heat, drought, soil compaction, and lack of nutrients just like other plants. Trees in an urban setting often have difficulty caring for themselves but you can make up for that by providing water and nutrients, and getting advice from a tree care company.