Certified arborists, also affectionately called tree doctors, are your best bet when it comes to diagnosing and treating sick or dying trees. When people try to self-diagnose or treat their beloved trees, often times they can end up putting harmful chemicals on a tree that doesn’t need it, overwater their tree, or wind up doing more harm than good. At Schra Tree Care, our team is dedicated to preserving the beauty of our Colorado landscape, and that includes treating trees that are worth saving, and understanding when a tree is too far gone. Today, we’d like to share some useful information to help you understand when it might be time to call your local Loveland arborists.

How To Know If A Tree Is Healthy

In general, trees are pretty good at fending for themselves, especially if they have been around for a long time. Aside from occasional pruning and maintenance, a healthy tree should continue to thrive until an outside force or old age gets to it. Healthy trees should have full foliage, stems and leaves should be rigid, and the bark should not be loose or peeling (unless the tree is a certain type of birch, maple, or eucalyptus, in which case loose bark can be normal). The trunk should be free from fungus, free of “open wounds” from lawn or construction equipment, and should not be wilting, oozing sap, or have holes in branches or leaves.

Signs of a dying or dead tree:

  • Try snapping a small twig or branch from the tree. If it is dry and snaps easily, it is most likely a dead branch. This isn’t an instant death sentence for your tree, but if these dead branches are abundant throughout, it is not a good sign.
  • Your tree stopped growing: Trees grow until they die, so if you have noticed your tree is no longer growing, then it is probably dead – though this is obviously a hard aspect to measure, especially for large trees.
  • Does your tree have bare patches? If it’s a deciduous tree in the middle of winter, then that is obviously normal. But if it is an evergreen, or spring has sprung and patches of leaves are missing, this could be a sign of insects or diseases, as well as a lack of water. However, this can also be the result of improper pruning, in which case Schra Tree Care has you covered.
  • Check out the leaves. Leaves can tell you a lot about the state of a tree. If there are holes in the leaves, you may have an insect infestation. If the leaves are wilted or drooping, the tree may be over or under-watered, have too much or too little sun, or could have a disease.

Bottom Line: Call Your Arborist If You See Any Of The Above Signs

If you notice anything abnormal about your trees, call your local tree doctor. At Schra Tree Care, we offer free assessments on suspicious trees, so you really have nothing to lose. We have been treating and maintaining healthy trees in Loveland for over thirty years, and our experience allows us to continue to be some of the best arborists in the business. Contact us today to find out about tree removal, and talk to one of our certified arborists about our tree services.