Can You Save That Diseased Tree?

Diseased Tree

A tree’s trouble with diseases, pests or the impact from a particularly brutal winter can have their owners wondering if they can be saved or not. Trees are, of course, living things—and living things can fall ill. Minor ailments, which are akin to human common colds, can be a damaged limb or a nascent pest infestation. However, more severe issues like trunk damage means it’s better to have a tree removed. There are many things to consider from environmental factors to age.

Most tree owners don’t moonlight as arborists, so it is tough for them to tell when a tree can be saved and when it can’t. Just like you wouldn’t diagnose yourself with a serious illness (except during those late-night WebMD sessions), you also need an expert to determine just how ill a tree is. Usually, it is recommended that a tree is removed instead of saved if there are safety risks. If it’s likely that a tree wouldn’t survive a storm, it’s best to remove it to avoid any threats to people or property.

The Weakest Limb

Damage can range from mild to severe. However, a damaged tree is more prone to disease and further weakening—again, just like humans. Tree owners may notice damage when leaves become discolored, veinless or if strange nodules appear on the bark. However, sometimes only an expert can spot damage. It can take many years for an ill tree to decay, and internal decay can be particularly tough to spot. Telltale signs can include mushrooms sprouting at the roots and peeling bark or fungus.

A lack of red flags is one of the many reasons to have trees inspected each year by a professional. Severe trunk and root problems often lead to removal, but if caught early enough, the tree may be saved. Pruning, trimming and at times fertilizing trees can help nurse them back to health. A tree owner may be able to do some of these tasks him or herself, but it’s much easier and more effective to rely on a professional.

Prune for Health

Prunes are great for the human system, and pruning is fantastic for trees. It’s the best way to ward off infections and disease. Depending on the type of tree, it could benefit from pruning once or more each year. The best time to prune is late autumn or winter, since insects aren’t around and sap doesn’t easily run. However, any time of year is a good time to have a professional assess your trees and shrubs. The earlier a problem is caught, the more likely that the tree can be saved. Contact Reliable Tree Care of Murray, Utah, to schedule a tree inspection on your property. Make sure your trees are disease- and pest-free this spring.