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Spotting a Sick Tree

Sunlight And A Tree
Trees serve as a windbreak and provide shade for your landscape. Mature trees are living organisms that can fall prey to a number of diseases or injuries caused by insects, mold, or exposure to extreme temperatures.

A sick tree is in need of help. Without immediate attention, sick trees can die off and become a safety hazard in your home's landscape. Careful observation is the only way to determine when your trees are in need of professional care.

Be on the lookout for these symptoms of serious illness as you maintain your home's landscape to ensure your mature trees remain vibrant and strong well into the future.

Deciduous Trees

Because trees are living entities, they require food to survive. Trees utilize solar energy to create their own food through the photosynthesis process. Leaves serve as a broad surface through which the sun's energy is absorbed. Looking closely at a tree's leaves can tell you a lot about the health of the tree.

If leaves appear to be yellow or brown in color, the tree is ill. Leaves that are not firm to the touch and fall off your tree prematurely are also signs of illness. Compromised leaves are unable to complete the photosynthesis process properly.

Your tree will continue to become more ill due to a lack of resources. An experienced arborist will be able to determine exactly which illness is causing your tree's leaves to appear stunted, shriveled, or dry.

Coniferous Trees

Incorporating coniferous trees into your landscape can be a great way to ensure you have greenery in your yard throughout the year. Coniferous trees (like pine, fir, or spruce trees) do not have leaves that shed during the fall season. Instead, these trees are adorned with needles and remain full and green during all seasons.

However, coniferous trees are still susceptible to illness and insect damage. The most apparent sign that your coniferous tree has taken ill is a loss of color in the needles. Your trees will appear rust-colored rather than the vibrant green they should be.

You can examine the ends of the branches within your coniferous tree for new growth. Branches that are naked on the ends indicate a problem with your tree's nutritional delivery system.

Coniferous trees are hardy enough to withstand extreme temperatures, but they can easily succumb to an untreated illness.


Nursing a sick tree back to health can be a time-consuming and arduous task. You need to form a relationship with an arborist in your area. These professionals have the knowledge and experience required to diagnose your tree's illness and take action to counteract the effects of the illness.

An arborist can utilize various pruning techniques to relieve some of the stress on your tree's nutritional delivery system. Braces can be added to help support the weight of a tree while it heals. Specialized sprays can be used to both treat and prevent insect infestations.

The key to successful treatment is early detection. This is why it is imperative that you are able to identify the symptoms of a tree that has become ill within your landscape.

Trees play an important role in establishing your home's curb appeal and adding privacy to your property. A sick tree can shed heavy branches or topple over due to weak roots, damaging property in the process. This risk makes sick trees a serious safety hazard.

Contact the experienced professionals at Anderson Tree Company if you spot any troubling signs of illness developing in your trees. We can diagnose the problems and provide appropriate treatment to restore your tree to full health and strength.