From watering and fertilizing to occasional pruning, you do everything possible to maintain your tree. Even with the best of care, much like humans and other living beings, trees can become sick unfortunately. With this in mind, we at Nature’s Tree Service would like to share how to identify healthy trees.
Central Leader Tree Pruning
To have one central leader, most trees should be pruned. One leader ensures a straight appearance in addition to adding stability and strength to the structure. Some trees have more than one leader and several other trunks. Unfortunately, more than one leader may eventually cause the tree to split.
Tree Growth Rate
On a tree’s trunk and its branches, new annual growth should be visible. As evidenced by scars on the branch, your best bet is to check the distance between this year’s buds and last year’s. No two species grow at the same rate, so be sure to do your own research on the species in your landscape.
Trim Dead or Damaged Tree Branches
With a close inspection, you can identify any significantly dead, damaged, and/or diseased branches. If any issues are present, you will want to consult a professional for tree trimming. Dead or broken branches attract potentially damaging insects and diseases. Dead branches easily snap and healthy branches usually bend.
Healthy Tree Trunk Evaluation
To the overall health of a tree, a healthy trunk is critical. If the bark is loose or peeling is not good. Fungi growing on the trunk is not a good sign either. Contact an experienced tree service as soon as possible should you notice large cracks or holes in your tree’s trunk.
Bare Spots Where Tree is Not Growing Leaves
Until next spring, aside from evergreen trees, there’s no need to worry about bare patches. Common causes of bare patches include:
– Water and nutrients not reaching branches in the area
– Insects and/or diseases
– Improper pruning practices
– Damage from previously applied pesticide
– Animals eating the leaves
Tree Wilting Leaves
Signs of an unhealthy tree also include wilting. Its leaves and stems typically lose their rigidness and begin to droop when is stressed. A wilting tree stems back to a lack of water, over-watering, too much or too little sun, or diseases in most instances.
Healthy Leaf Color, Shape & Size
An actual indicator of your tree’s health is the health of the leaves. Naturally in the fall, the leaves will change colors and fall from most tree species. Just be sure make sure your tree’s leaves are the right color for the current season. Improper leaf color, shape, and size can all signal nutrient deficiencies, insect damage, watering problems, pesticide damage, and diseases.
No Tree Diseases or Insects
If you notice any of the following, your tree may be impacted by diseases or insects. Be sure to look for trouble such as insects, lack of fruit or flowers, or oozing sap.