How To Identify A Dead Or Dying Tree
If your tree made it through that gnarly storm on Monday, then it may be in some rough shape. A large cause of trees falling is due to them being sick, stressed, or dead. We are going to look at the key signs of dying trees to try and save you from having to clean it up after the next big storm.
If you suspect there’s something wrong with your tree, give it a top-to-bottom inspection, and keep an eye out for a mix of concerning symptoms.
- Check the trunk for peeling bark, and or cracks or splits .
- Look up into the canopy for hanging branches or missing leaves.
- Using your fingertip or a pocket knife, scratch one of the tree’s twigs. (If it’s moist and green underneath, your tree’s alive!)
- See if there are mushrooms or other fungi growing at the tree’s base. (If mushrooms are growing near the tree’s roots it may be dying.)
You can usually see visual keys that your tree isn't doing well. If it fails the tests you may want to can check here.
Your tree may also be under extreme stress. If it is still leaning then it is most likely stressed. You can find information here. You can also call a certified arborist