Just like humans, trees can be plagued by several kinds of diseases and illnesses which affects their system, inhibits their growth or productivity. They can also suffer injuries from violent storms, vandalism, domestic accidents, and etc. These can affect their structural integrity, causing their limbs to fall off or even leading to a total breakdown of the tree as a whole. Now, the essence of tree treatment is to address the health challenges that may be suffered by any tree. When trees are left untreated and unattended to, they may not live up to their potential in terms of growth, productivity, beauty and etc.
When Does a Tree Require Treatment:
Of course, there isn’t necessarily a need for treatment if a tree hasn’t shown any symptom that its health is in danger. Nevertheless, this doesn’t exempt the need for periodic examination, pruning/trimming, and etc. Here are a few signs that may necessitate the need for treatment in a tree:
After Significant Injuries: Trees can be hurt from accidents, vandalism, turbulent weathers and etc. Some injuries may seem so minor that tree owners would be tempted to ignore them. However, it is important that tree owners take note of injuries and seek professional help immediately after sighting them. Injuries may cause cracks in trees leaving space for pests to penetrate their system. This may end up affecting their structural integrity, and leading to the total damaging of the tree.
Premature change of color: When a tree suddenly turns from lively green to pale yellow or some other unusual color, this may be a sign that it is suffering from chlorosis or other harmful diseases. It is safe to act immediately upon noticing this symptom in a tree. The more a disease or infection stays or spreads through a tree, the more difficult it is to be treated.
Slanting or Leaning: When a tree is no longer standing straight, this can mean danger to its surroundings – it may likely fall any moment. Leaning tree often results from storm damage or accidents. When tree owners observe that their tree is no longer standing straight, it is expected that they contact a professional or emergency tree services.
Premature leaf loss: When a young tree loses its leaves excessively, this may be as a result of excess heat or an infection. When an arborist inspects it, she/he can tell if what the problem is, and how the issue can be addressed.
Leaf spots: When leafs develop irritable spots, this can be a sign of some fungi infections. While these infections may not be as dangerous as other diseases, they can affect a tree’s beauty in the long run.
Twisted or curled leafs: when several leafs in a tree are twisted or curled, it is a symptom that the tree is currently responding to something toxic or harmful. In many cases, it is a sign that the tree has been infested by pests, or it has been exposed to herbicides.
Unusually slow or delayed growth: When a tree’s growth is delayed or declining, this may be signaling that it isn’t getting enough nutrition. It may also be as a result of some issues with the soil. It may also mean the tree roots are planted too deep within the soil.
The growth of mushrooms at its base: This may not always be an issue. However, to be on the safer side, it is expected that tree owners take note of the development of mushrooms from a tree’s base. While some mushrooms may be helpful by aiding a tree’s nutrition, some may actually be toxic, and may affect the tree’s growth, productivity and development.