Tree Service

Common Tree Problems

Since many tree problems are easily identified, expert advise regularly examining your trees and looking for potential problems. Trained arborists can also help spot issues early on, suggest preventive measures, and educate homeowners on telltale warning signs. Keep in mind this is not an all-inclusive guide to tree issues; afflictions vary greatly based on the location and type of tree.

Dead Branches

Dead branches present a risk of falling, are unsightly, permit decay to enter the tree, and serve no useful purpose to the tree. They should be promptly removed.

Fungus and Mushrooms

Fungus and mushrooms growing on a tree or around the base of a tree are signs of decaying or rotting wood or roots. When a tree's roots decay or rot, the tree is dying. As the root weaken, the tree loses support and is more likely to fall or split. If the problem is identified early enough, a knowledgeable professional tree service may be able to save the tree.

Dead Trees

Because dead trees do not sprout leaves, they are easily identified in the spring. A dead tree should be removed promptly, especially if it is in an area where it could inflict damage or injure someone if it fell. In fact, dead tree removal is the most common tree service job.

Missing Bark

Bark is a protective portion of the tree, so large areas of missing bark indicate a sick tree, and the can lead to insect infestation.

Beetles and Borers

Both beetles and borers are small insects that attack and often kill trees. They Tunnel into the bark to lay their eggs and deposit fungus, which later feeds their young when they hatch. The tunnels and the fungus disrupt sap flow and ultimately kill the tree. By the time most attacks are discovered, the infested tree is doomed. However, quick action may save the surrounding trees from contracting and infestation from the afflicted tree.

Girdling Roots

Trees that are planted too deeply or otherwise improperly are at risk for root girdling. Girdling roots are roots that have gradually wrapped themselves around the trunk of a tree at its base or below the soil. These tightly wrapped roots can prevent the tree from getting necessary water and nutrients, which weakens the tree, leaves it susceptible to insects and disease, and eventually leads to its premature death. Trees with girdling roots can be identified by their deformed lower trunks. Sometimes, girdling roots can even be seen at the base of the tree. An arborist will be able to assess the situation and determine whether the problem roots can be safely removed to improve the tree's health.

Raised earth around the tree base

Raised or broken earth around the tree base may be a sign that the tree is starting to uproot and potentially fall, especially in a strong storm.