When you look up at the trees in your yard, what do you see? Your tree might be trying to tell you something! Ok, it can’t use a phone or smoke signals, but your tree is brilliant at sign language. For example, a dead tree branch is often a signal of a hidden health issue, and if your tree has a lot of deadwood it could be a big problem! Insect invasions, disease, poor root systems are just a few reasons why a tree might be in distress. Here are a few tips to help you spot problems and take action.
How to Spot Deadwood
Foliage: Live branches transfer essential nutrients to the tree’s foliage. a dead or dying tree branch will show little to no foliage because this process has slowed or stopped.
Bark: A tree’s bark naturally falls off, but is replaced as the branch grows. As a tree branch dies however, it will no longer replace any lost bark, giving you a clear warning sign that something is wrong.
Trunk Decay: Brittle bark or fungus growth on the trunk can mean your entire tree may be dying. As it deteriorates, the branches of your tree will die off, creating a big falling hazard.
Inspecting Your Trees Branches Can Prevent Catastrophe
Check out this video of Giroud Vice President and ISA Certified Arborist, Drew Slousky, inspecting a fairly large Maple tree. This Maple lost a massive dead limb in a wind storm.. Drew’s video explains how this dead tree branch and other deadwood in the tree opened the door for insects and decay. As a result, the tree is no longer safe and must be removed.
Here are the actions to take now
Inspection: Call Giroud Tree and Lawn to inspect not just your tree branches but your entire . Our ISA Certified Arborists are highly trained at identifying dead or compromised branches.
Pruning: Removing deadwood is key, but it takes a steady hand and a lot of knowhow to do it right. Cutting too far towards or away from the trunk can endanger your safety. Our Tree Climbers have years of experience safely and professionally removing deadwood.
Give your tree some TLC with a Deep Root Feeding: Gving your tree an extra boost with a nutritious deep root fertilization treatment will help keep your tree and its branches healthy and strong. Check out our informative post to learn How Every Tree Benefits from a Deep Root Feeding!
By properly caring for your tree with regular pruning, visually checking for warning signs, and boosting its health with fertilization treatments, you can avoid falling hazards from deadwood. You will also keep the tree strong and able to fight against insects and diseases. It all starts with contacting your ISA Certified Giroud Arborist for a FREE inspection. Call 215-682-7704 today!