Signs and Symptoms of a Damaged Tree 

Trees are prone to damages and infections, and there are many causes of it. If you noticed something weird about the trees on your backyard, consult a professional to have it checked and treated. You shouldn’t disregard a damaged or decaying tree because it might cause safety issues in the future. The following are the signs and symptoms of a damaged tree and its causes. If you observed one of these in your trees, click here and consult a professional. 

Girdling Roots 

Girdling roots are roots that grow around trees that cuts off or restricts the movements of nutrients and water within the tree. Its symptoms include reduced leaf size, lack of flare at the tree’s base and dieback of branches. To prevent having girdling roots that affects other trees on your backyard, you should properly plant the trees next time. Do not also pile up mulch around the tree’s trunk.  

After planting the tree, make sure that it has an adequate rooting space so the roots won’t overlap others. However, if you already noticed this symptom, you can ask a professional to remove the visible girdling roots. To deal with this stress, maintain the plant’s health until the roots are cut off.  

Winter Injury 

There are tree species that don’t do well during winter season. You would know it has winter injury when its leaves have large brown patches and its entire shoots or tips of branches dieback. Evergreens might dry and turn brown during this season. To avoid this problem, do some research before planting trees. Plant the species which are accustomed to winters and make sure that it’s well-watered in fall season before the cold weather ticks in. however, if you have existing trees that don’t do well in winter, prune its damaged tissues during spring season.  

Lightning Damage 

Trees can withstand harsh weather and storms but it doesn’t mean it cannot be struck by a lightning. Lightning damage can leave long scars to the trees, running from its trunk to the ground. Its effects include dying of branches and yellowing of leaves. If you notice these marks, ask a professional to remove the damaged bark and branches. They would also trim the jagged edges if the tree has some.  

Waterlogged Soil 

Another cause of tree damage is waterlogged soil. It makes the roots die and rot as fungi and bacteria. Some of the symptoms are reduced tree growth, stunted shoots and small leaves. If you want to prevent this hassle in the future, when you plant new trees mix in compost to improve drainage in the soils. To control the situation, improve the soil conditions and drainage.  

Lack of Water 

This is one of the obvious reasons why a tree gets damaged. Lack of water will wilt the leaves making it brown or yellow and sometimes scorched. Next time, when you water the tree especially when it’s still young; remove the hard surface at the tree’s base. Do a regular deep-watering twice a week.