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5 Fall Warning Signs of Tree Problems

Fall Warning Signs of Tree Problems-1Do you have a tree that is starting to change color?  If you’re seeing Fall color on all or part of a tree now, it may be a sign that a tree is sick. Early color change is just one of 5 Fall Warning Signs that your tree is in trouble!
Unfortunately, Mother Nature has been hard on trees in our region over the past few years,” says Drew Slousky, ISA Certified Arborist. “We had a drought in 2016 that created long term damage to the vascular system of many trees and invited invasion by insects.  Now, this season, we’ve seen way too much rain which has opened the door for fungal diseases and root problems.”   

It’s time to get outside and check your trees!  Here are the 5 Fall Warning Signs to look for:

  1. Leaf Issues: Leaves of the same type of tree should change color and drop at about the same time. Changes before late September may be a sign of health problems.   Last year’s drought is having a big impact on many trees.  According to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, “negative effects of drought on plant growth and health may continue to be a problem for years to come.”    
  2. Decay: Mushrooms and shelf fungi are symptoms of decay when growing out of the root system or trunk of a tree.  Another sign of decay is a cavity.  If the decay is extensive, then the tree may be hazardous.
  3. Disease: With so much rainfall this summer, fungal diseases are rampant.  In particular, Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS) has affected many Oaks and other hardwoods.  If BLS is identified in the Fall, the tree should be treated with a Biostimulant now and treated with an Antibiotic the following Spring. 
  4. Insects:  When a tree is in trouble Borers such as Bronze Birch Borer and other bark beetles often move in.   One of the biggest Borer problems is Emerald Ash Borer which attacks both healthy and stressed Ash trees. A 100% fatal pest, professional treatment with a Tree-age trunk injection is the only way to protect Ash from Emerald Ash Borer.
  5. Excessive deadwood: Dead branches can be a serious safety hazard to people and property.  Brittle branches tend to break more easily in wind, snow and ice. 

What should you do if you spot any of these signs of tree problems?

The best place to start is with a safety and health inspection.  Your Giroud Arborist will check your tree from root to crown to identify dangerous cracks, decay, excessive deadwood or pest infestation


Depending on the problem, he may recommend one or more of the following actions:  

  1. Tree Pruning: Deadwood and dangerous limb removal, elimination of crossed branches and establishment of a healthy growth pattern.         
  2. Fertilize trees: The vascular system of many trees sustained long term damage from last year’s drought.  A Fall injection of time-release fertilizer stimulates root growth, improves root absorption capability and provides vital nutrients to help the tree get through the winter and have a strong start in the spring.
  3. Cable Supports: Trees with multiple trunks or included bark often require tree cable supports to keep from splitting apart.  The hardware must fit the specific problem and be installed at the proper height and tension.
  4. Insect Control: Fall treatments are available for pests such as Emerald Ash Borer, Spider Mites, Lace Bugs, Hemlock Adelgid and Scale.  Treatments must be completed before cold weather hits.
  5. Tree Removal: If your Giroud Arborist determines that a tree poses a danger to your home or property, have it removed now.  Hazardous trees have weaknesses and can be easily toppled or broken in high wind storms.

A Fall Inspection is the Best First Step

The only way to know for sure what’s up with your tree is to schedule your FREE Health and Safety Inspection with a Giroud ISA Certified Arborist. Don’t wait for winter storms to damage weakened trees! Call 215-682-7704 to get started today!


Author: Cindy Giroud

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