How do you treat a sick tree?

Discoloration on leaves

How can you tell if a tree is diseased?

Trees are a wonderful asset to our homes. Not only do they enhance the curb appeal and provide us shade, but they increase the property value too. So, when a tree is sick or dies, it can devastate on many levels, which is why many homeowners will go to any length they can to get sick tree help.

When you have a sick tree, help from a professional is recommended.  If saving the tree is your goal, getting proper sick tree treatment from a professional if saving it is your goal. Not just anybody can provide sick tree care that will bring a tree back to health, and every tree is different in how it should be treated. Some respond to sick tree fertilizer and other needs specific pruning or other measures such as the attention and experience of an arborist.  

If you have a tree with any of these and want to save the tree, call a professional arborist. Otherwise, call a tree service company to cut the tree down and haul it off before it falls on your house, cars, or worse, a person. Leaving an infected tree can spread the disease to other trees around your home and the neighborhood.  Here are seven signs that a tree may be diseased.

  • Black flowers or black shoots: If there are black flowers or black shoots coming from a tree, it likely has a disease called “fire blight”.  This tree disease is common and affects more than 100 different plant species, which is why you need to find professional sick tree help or have it removed.
  • Bleeding or Seeping: A tree that is “bleeding” or seeping could be diseased with alcoholic slime flux, which will start collecting around the tree base when it gets badly infected. This fluid has an unpleasant odor and will leave dark marks on the branches and trunks, which appears mostly in warm weather. Seek immediate sick tree help to get rid of the disease.
  • Pale brown shelves at the base: This is a fungus known as Inonotus dryadeus. Over time, “plates” or “shelves will form around the base, close to the ground, and will turn black. Without professional sick tree help, it will stunt the growth of the tree’s branches.
  • Gray growth: This is another fungus that can cause a tree to be sick, primarily birch, cherry, hickory, and maple. It is a hard, grey growth in the shape of a hoof and has 1000s of tiny white pores on the bottom side.
  • Bark peeling: Bark peeling from a tree is a clear sign of a diseased tree and without the bark, the tree becomes more susceptible to other diseases and the elements.  Often, this isn’t noticed until it is too late and is beyond any sick tree help. The best thing you can do is to hire a professional to cut the tree down and haul it off.
  • Mildew: Mildew is just bad no matter where it is found, and on a tree, it will appear on the leaves in a white powdery substance. This is common in humid weather and will distort the leaves, turning them yellow. Professional sick tree help should be able to recommend a treatment to rid the mildew and save the tree.
  • Brown or yellow in offseason: When the leaves of a tree turn brown or yellow and the growth seems to be abnormally slow, this is often caused by Armillaria root rot, another fungus. It will rot the roots and eventually the branches will die, the leaves become jagged and torn, discolored, and the bark will have cracks and splits, and blemishes, blisters, marks or spots on the leaves.

How do trees get sick?

Trees can get sick by a variety of means, among them are:

  • Bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses and infections
  • Chemicals such as lawn fertilizer
  • Over-watering or under-watering
  • Insects and mites
  • Fungi, mildew, mold
  • Bad soil, weeds
  • Animals cause damage the tree never recovers from
fungus growing on trees

Can a sick tree be saved?

Trees get sick just like humans, and they can live a long life too if kept healthy. Trees have a lot working against them like the climate, diseases, environment, insects, other issues. If you have a sick tree, follow these suggested tips and if they don’t work, get professional sick tree help as soon as possible.

  • Problem Identification: Before you can give a sick tree hep, identify the problem. There are specific indicators to look for like brittle wood, dry-looking tree, leaves are lacking, the trunk has cracks or decay in areas on the tree.
  • Watering Issues: Moisture is a common factor for making trees sick, either too much or too little. 
  • Mulch with Care: Mulch can harm trees even when used with extreme care. Do not pile the mulch too thick or too close to the base of the tree. The roots need to breathe, and it also will minimize the possibility of bacteria, fungi, insects, rot, and other issues. 
  • Proper Fertilizing: Fertilizing your lawn can make your trees sick. Keep a safe distance as you fertilize your lawn. 
  • Proper Pruning: Research pruning techniques online or have a professional arborist do the pruning for you. The wrong pruning can do damage, make a tree sick, or even kill it. 

What are the signs that a tree is dying?

A deficiency or reduction of leaves produced on the entire tree or parts of. Other indicators a tree is dying is a brittle bark that falls off multiple dead limbs, and the trunk is brittle or spongy.

Can a dead tree come back to life?

No. While trees look dead in the winter and come back in the spring, they are not dead. They are in dormant mode, much like bears hibernate in the winter.  It is sometimes possible to revive a tree that is dying or is sick with professional sick tree help but resurrecting a dead one is impossible. Besides trees adding to the curb appeal of our home, adding value, and providing shade, they are also essential to the earth.  They provide us the oxygen we’re breathing every day. So, with any tree that appears to be sick or dying, it is worth getting sick tree help from a specialist. Our tree specialists are always available to assist you. Give us a call today at 817-975-0180 for sick tree help in Fort Worth, TX.