Trees die. That might sound a bit harsh, but dead trees on commercial properties are more common than you might expect.
Our commercial landscape maintenance crews address problem trees for our clients every year. It happens — for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a dying or dead tree is obvious — other times, not so much.
The real question is: How can you tell if a tree is dying on your commercial property?
Tree maintenance is a commercial landscape service HighGrove offers, so we know firsthand what the symptoms of a dying tree look like. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of key indicators of dead and dying trees so you can address the problem sooner rather than later.
After all, a dead or dying tree on your commercial property won’t fix itself. And the longer you let it go, the worse things can get for you, the property and its tenants.
Are there vertical cracks on the tree in question? Severe damage to the trunk of a tree can greatly affect the likelihood of your tree’s survival. In addition to any cracks or seams on the trunk, take a look at the bark on the tree — or lack thereof.
When a tree ages, old bark will fall off on its own and eventually be replaced by a new layer of bark if the tree is healthy. If new bark doesn’t reappear and areas of smooth wood remain, this can be an indicator your tree’s health is on the decline.
How are the tree’s branches looking? One warning sign is if the branches are bare during a time of the year when they should be covered in leaves. Also keep in mind that on dead branches of deciduous trees, dead leaves will cling well into the winter instead of dropping to the ground as they would on a healthy deciduous tree.
And dead branches relegated to one side of a tree can also indicate serious trunk and root damage.
Since roots can run very deep underground, determining if your tree’s roots are damaged isn’t always easy or visible. Recent excavation projects, new construction, a shallow root system, exposure to extreme elements and poor soil compaction are all things that can affect the vitality of a tree’s roots.
One serious sign of root damage is a sudden and noticeable lean to the tree. Another is if you begin to notice small branches sprouting from the trunk at the base of the tree. This type of branching is known as epicormic shoots and these can represent that the tree is under severe stress.
Large fungus — shelf or bracket fungus (aka wood conchs) — on the trunk or branch of a tree can indicate that your tree is experiencing internal rot and anything beyond the fungus may be dead or dying.
Has your commercial property taken on some new construction? Were some but not all of the trees in or around the construction area removed? Those trees spared may be experiencing a significant increase in their exposure to sun and wind, which can detrimental to their health.
Nearby construction can also damage roots, soil compaction and changes in the grading.
Sure, dead trees can look unattractive, but problems from dead and dying trees on your commercial property are far from superficial. Here are four costly dead-tree problems that go beyond looks.
Dead branches can fall without warning and cause serious injury and property damage.
Diseased or insect infected trees can spread to other trees on your property.
Dead trees also attract insects and other unwanted pests (termites and rats).
Dying, leaning trees can unexpectedly target structures, power lines, cars in parking lots and pedestrians on walkways.
Are you still unsure how to tell if a tree is dying and interested in a second opinion? Our certified arborists will perform a complete tree assessment targeting anything that is either an immediate concern or something that should be addressed in the near future. We will target trees that are in decay and could be at risk of falling if the conditions are right.
Give HighGrove Partners a call at 678-298-0550 or use our simple contact form to set up a meeting with our commercial landscape maintenance services department. In the meantime, for more commercial landscape and tree maintenance tips, be sure to subscribe to our blog.