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How To Handle a Dead Tree

Oftentimes homeowners see something about a tree of theirs they find odd. Many times they report the tree as dead – but a tree is only dead if it is not bearing leaves. If it’s not dead, however, that doesn’t mean it’s in good health; if you’re one such homeowner, there’s a definite possibility that something is wrong with your tree. At Big & Tall Tree Works, we’re more than willing to assist you if you think something isn’t quite right with one of your trees.

Is My Tree Sick?

Sick and/or dying trees have multiple symptoms. We’ve assembled a list of some of those here.

  • Bark: If the bark of your tree is peeling off, it’s in trouble. It likely isn’t dead yet, but if you don’t take action soon, it will be. When a tree’s bark is peeling off or there are many cracks in the trunk, the tree is declining. Bark is the protective layer of a tree, and doesn’t usually peel off unless the tree is dying, though the tree could also be lacking in nutrients.

  • Branches: If the branches of your tree are falling off more often than you suspect is normal, something’s up; sick or dying trees lose branches more often.

  • Animals: If animals are nesting in the tree, that may also be a symptom of a problem.

  • Mushrooms: If mushrooms and other fungi appear on your tree, it’s likely not doing too well. Similarly, a large patch of mushrooms appearing unexpectedly near the roots could indicate that your tree is dying or at least on its way there.

What Should I Do?

Give us a call. We’re experts in handling dead or injured trees and will be happy to assist you – after all, it’s not your job to know everything about trees there is to know. That’s what we do so that you don’t have to.

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