• October 30, 2014

Living Smart: Can this tree be saved?

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:30 am

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues.

Top-rated tree experts tell our team that trees, like other living creatures, need good nutrition, a healthy environment and periodic care, including, for some, pruning in late fall or winter when insects are dormant and sap isn’t running. If you’re worried that one of your trees might be on its last limb, consider consulting an experienced, reputable tree doctor. “Arborist” is actually the proper term for professionals who are trained in tree planting and care.

The following are signs that a tree should be examined by a pro:

Leaves appearing later than usual

Leaves falling off earlier than normal

Discolored leaves or leaves without veins or with odd nodules

Bark that forms bumps or is split, cracked or peeling

Dead branches near the top of the tree

Fungus growing around the trunk, mushrooms forming around roots or twigs growing from the trunk

An arborist may conduct a variety of tests to determine the best course of action, including a soil analysis. For proper growth, trees need soil that contains a particular balance of 15 mineral elements. The arborist may also test soil acidity or alkalinity. Fertilizer or soil amendments may make the soil a healthier tree environment.

Sometimes, no treatment is enough to save a tree. Reasons for removing one include serious root or trunk problems or structural defects that could cause the tree to topple in a high wind.

If you’re thinking of hiring an arborist, contact well-reviewed local tree service companies and ask if they have an arborist on staff.

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