Whether you’re looking to remove a dead or dying branch, dealing with an infestation of harmful insects or simply maintaining the health of your tree, there are many reasons why you may need to call in the experts.
1. Dead or dying branches
Dead or dying branches can cause harm to your tree and the people around it. These branches can also be the entry points for pests like termites.
You can easily determine if a branch is dead by shaking it. A slender living branch will bend without breaking or cracking (but it will feel lighter and drier to the touch).
If all of the nodes on the branch are bare of buds or have dry, shrivelled-up buds, then it is likely dead.
It is common for trees to have dead branches throughout the trunk and limbs, which can make it hard to tell whether they are actually dead or not. Often, these branches are located in the tree’s inner canopy and receive little light or nutrients, diverting resources away from more important parts of the tree.
Trees are susceptible to disease and insect infestations, which can lead to damage and even death. Signs of an infestation include chewed leaves, sawdust-like material on the trunk or branches, and small holes in the bark.
While many homeowners may not be able to identify an infestation, an arborist can evaluate the situation and provide appropriate treatment options. Typically, the most effective solutions are applied in a timely manner to reduce the severity of the issue.
In addition to the usual suspects, trees are also susceptible to fungal diseases and insects such as wood borers and beetles. Generally, these infestations can be avoided by proper pruning practices and regular inspections. However, it’s important to understand that they can still happen if you aren’t prepared to handle the situation.
Trees are often exposed to damage, disease, and other problems that can result in the tree becoming sick or weak. This can result in a tree falling onto a home or even causing injury to people inside the home.
In addition to insects, trees can also be affected by fungi that decay the tree’s wood. These fungi can be very harmful to the health of the tree and can cause the tree to die.
In addition to fungi, many trees become stressed from environmental conditions like heat, drought, flooding, lightning, animal damage, construction, soil compaction and wildfire. Stresses affect the process of photosynthesis by decreasing the number of carbohydrates that are produced, which leads to the tree’s stored food reserves being depleted.
4. Poor indoor air quality
The quality of the air around you is a big part of how long your tree lives. For example, if you live in a large apartment complex, you may be exposed to cigarette smoke and other contaminants. This is a problem that can be remedied through the use of air filters, HVAC systems and other measures. Using these types of devices can improve the indoor air quality around you and increase your tree’s longevity.
But one of the most important benefits of reducing pollutants is that it actually improves your home’s energy efficiency. The result is a cooler and more comfortable place to live. Luckily, there are many companies that offer professional and affordable energy audits to help you make the right choices. The top-rated companies can also provide you with a list of recommended improvements that you can make to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
5. Storm damage
Storms can bring high winds, heavy rain, and other destructive forces that may cause damage to your home or commercial property. This includes damage to your roof, siding, and gutters, as well as shingles.
The damage can be caused by a variety of weather events, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning storms. It can be a significant financial burden on your property and your family.
After a storm, it’s important to examine your trees to determine the extent of the damage. If a tree is still healthy with only light limb damage, it may recover quickly.