Is the old tree in your yard dead or dying? How can you tell if you can save a sick tree? Knowing when a sick tree is able to be saved can save the planet from losing another one and may also save you some money. Cutting down a tree is costly, yet leaving a dead tree standing can be dangerous. The following steps can help you to determine if you can treat a sick tree. 

Is the tree dying?

Identify whether or not the tree is dying. Start with a simple tree inspection. A tree that is sick or dying will show these signs:

  1. No green buds or leaves
  2. Branches break easily
  3. Scratch off a layer of bark to see brown
  4. Tree has cracks
  5. Growing shelf fungus
  6. Dull-colored fungal growths
  7. Presence of mildew on leaves
  8. Expelling fluid
  9. Black flowers
  10. Brown or yellow leaves outside of the regular season

A tree with green buds and leaves and branches that arch a bit before breaking is likely a healthy tree. If the layer just beneath the outer bark is green, it also shows signs of life. When you have determined that the tree is, in fact, dying, there are additional steps to take. 

What are the steps to saving a sick tree?

One of the first recommended steps to saving a sick tree is to ensure it is getting water. However, some trees can die from overwatering, so it is critical to allow for drainage. Experts recommend watering the tree no more than two minutes per day or installing a sprinkler system. Secondly, a sick tree should be lightly mulched so as to let the roots breathe but garner nourishment. To do so, apply mulch half a foot deep around the base of the tree. Lastly, remove any dead branches by pruning the tree. 

How do you know if the tree isn’t going to make it?

It can be challenging to know if you should try to save your tree or cut it down. You can attempt the steps above and if no improvements are showing, contact a professional to determine the fate of the tree. If you fear that the tree may be a danger to your home or people, it is important that a professional comes to check it prior to your attempts at saving it. 

Who Can I Call For Help?

East Coast Tree Services are experts in tree care and tree services, including dealing with invasive species such as the spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts, which can cause significant damage to trees. If you are questioning the validity of your tree, wanting to save it, or need a second opinion, we are the team to call. East Coast Tree Services can take all of your tree needs swiftly and adequately. 

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