Having a routine tree care maintenance plan, helps to prevent the development of sick trees throughout your entire landscape. However, not all residential and commercial properties have a tree care plan in place. Trees that are not maintained quarterly to ensure proper fertilization, structural growth, and aeration of the soil are more susceptible to tree diseases and insect pest infestations.

Trees serve as an integral part of our landscapes and ecosystem. Here at Tree Medics we understand the value of trees and focus our efforts on saving and reviving sick trees. Unfortunately, not every tree can be saved, some ailments and forms of damage are beyond revitalization. However, if given the choice to save a sick tree or have it cut down…why not save it? All tree diseases and insect pest infestations are preventable, and many of them are easily treatable, at a fraction of the cost of tree removal.

How do I identifying a sick tree?

Many tree diseases often go unnoticed, for a time; because, many symptoms often first present in the crown of the tree. However, there are some telltale signs such as leaf discoloration and the premature dropping of leaves that will signal you to a possible health problem with your tree. Additionally, dry or damaged bark, holes in the tree’s trunk, and falling branches are all red flags.

If you think your tree is presenting with any of these signs or symptoms, it is best to not dismiss them. Sick trees can present with a multitude of symptoms, so any changes that you notice in your trees should be considered as possibly symptomatic and should be monitored for a time. If after monitoring over a short period of time, the symptoms have persisted or grown worse it is best to contact your local tree care professional and have an arborist evaluate your tree’s health. The sooner tree health care issues are diagnosed, the easier they are to treat.

Why should I save my sick tree?

Tree’s are so much more than pretty yard ornaments, they provide numerous benefits to us, our landscapes, community, and environment. They provide us with clean breathable air, helping to reduce smog and pollution in our communities. Trees are also a growing investment that boost property values and provide us with shade, that can benefit property owners by cut cooling cost by 20%, or more, during the hot summer months. The trees throughout our landscapes and community are an investment into our health and well being, in fact the psychology behind the color green suggests that greenery helps to relieve stress by promoting a healthy tranquil environment. Lastly, the cost of removing a tree is substantially more than the cost of treating and revitalizing a sick tree. The reality is, saving and caring for your trees, saves you money and provides you with numerous benefits.

My tree is sick, what should I do?

If you tree is sick, call your local tree care company. An arborist will come to your property and perform a tree health care evaluation. Tree care evaluations often consist of physical examination of the tree for any visual symptoms. Your arborist will also take soil samples, from the base of the tree, to have tested in the lab. These samples are used to determine any deficiencies or issues that might be present in the soil, contributing to the health decline of your tree.

Not all sick trees can be saved, some tree diseases are not correctable, and others will depend on the progression of the disease. Therefore, it is imperative to contact an arborist when you start noticing signs of decline before your tree is too sick to save.

Treatments can consist of corrective maintenance, antibiotics, or a combination of the two. Once your tree is on the road to recovery, it is recommended to have your trees inspected at least once a year to prevent a reoccurrence. However, quarterly maintenance is the best preventative measure you can take to ensure the health and longevity of your trees.

A sick tree does not have to be the beginning of the end. So, if you are noticing questionable signs of decline or symptoms that suggest your tree might be sick, such as the discoloration of foliage, call your Tree Medics Arborist today at 813-407-9974.

 

 

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