Diagnosing The Issues That Are Causing Unhealthy Tree Growth And Hazards

Posted on: 14 June 2021


When there are problems with your trees, you may not always be able to identify what is killing branches and new growth. These problems can vary from insects to dehydration. Therefore, diagnosing the problems with your trees may require professional help. The following information will help you identify and treat problems affecting your trees:

Dealing with Tree Dehydration

One of the most severe problems with trees during the summer months is dehydration. The trees can be more vulnerable to drought if the soil retains water poorly. Adding a soil mixture that retains water to the base of the tree can help. You can also cover the soil around the roots with a ground cover material like bark to prevent evaporation. Even if you suspect drought conditions may be affecting your trees, you will still want to have the problems diagnosed and get advice on how to treat them.

Identifying Insect Infestations

Insects can also cause problems with your trees that are not always noticeable. There are some insects that are noticeable because you can see movements and where they have nested in trees. There are some insects that lay larvae in trees, which slowly eat away beneath the bark and can cause damage before you notice there is a problem.

Identify Diseases That Are Affecting Trees

There are various diseases fungi that can affect your trees. These problems often start during wet and humid weather, but they can affect your trees any time of the year. If there are trees with strange bulge growths or abnormally slow growth, the problem may be disease. Many of the problems with fungi can be visible, but you may need help diagnosing them and finding the right treatments. Make sure trees have good drainage during rainy weather and thin canopies to help prevent issues with fungi.

Dealing with Weaknesses and Storm Damage

The canopies of your trees are also vulnerable to problems that can cause hazards. These problems become obvious when branches break, but you want to catch them before this happens. This is why it is a good idea to have an arborist inspect trees that have heavy growth. Sometimes, the heavy growth of older trees can make the canopies weak and more vulnerable to damage.

The problems that are diagnosed with your trees may require special treatments and trimming.  A professional arborist can help with problems in your landscaping and come up with a tree diagnosis.