How Do I Know if a Tree is Dying or Already Dead?

You love that beautiful tree in your backyard. It’s provided years of shade cover, and it creates a lovely focal point. But in recent weeks, it doesn’t seem to have the same look and overall appearance as in years past. You may wonder if the tree is dead or in the process of dying. There is actually a difference, and in this article, we’ll tell you what to determine the state of your tree. 

Signs of a Dying Tree

Trees can live a long time, with most ranging between 100 years and over 1,000 years. Yes, our trees will very likely outlive us. But, as with anything, certain conditions can greatly alter the lifespan. For trees, this can include things such as harsh weather conditions, disease, droughts, fire, and poor site conditions. Your tree can only withstand so much. So, when its time is coming to an end, there are some signs to be on the lookout for. Those signs include things such as wilting leaves, dead branches, cracks in the trunk, and peeling bark. You may also notice that several of the branches no longer have living buds. Perhaps you have identified mushrooms living near the tree’s roots or on the base of the trunk. If you’re seeing these signs, chances are that your tree is coming to the end of its lifespan.

Signs of a Dead Tree

If a tree is already dead, there will be some additional indicators. In most cases, you’ll notice that its branches are no longer leafing out. You may also notice problems with the trunk or unusual growth near the roots. If your tree is already dead, there isn’t anything you can do to save it.  You need to keep in mind that a dead tree will likely fall within two to five years of its death. And a falling tree can be dangerous, causing potential damage to your home or surrounding structures.

Be on the Lookout for Dead or Dying Trees

If you notice that your tree appears to be dying, you might be able to bring it back to health. In most cases, some pruning, watering, and fertilization can turn things around. However, the best course of action is to locate a reputable arborist in your area, and have them come take a look. They can assess the situation and determine what’s happening with your tree, providing the best course of action.

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