Having trees on your property comes with a host of benefits, from enhancing privacy and providing shade to preventing soil erosion. However, if you fail to maintain them, they can pose a considerable risk. Thankfully, you can avoid destruction by scheduling tree removal as soon as you recognize the earliest signs of an issue.
How to Know When a Tree Is Dying
1. Discolored Leaves or Needles
When a deciduous tree starts dying, it may develop brittle, brown leaves during the growing season. Yellow leaves could also indicate an issue if the tree’s leaves are supposed to be green. As for evergreen trees, red or brown needles—especially along the top third of the tree—show that the tree is dying.
2. Peeling Bark or Breaking Branches
Some trees, such as sycamore and birch trees, have bark that naturally peels. Likewise, self-pruning trees, such as pecan trees, have branches that are supposed to fall off. However, excluding these exceptions, healthy trees don't have bark that peels or branches that crack and break. If your tree isn't meant to peel or prune, call for tree removal if you notice these warning signs.
3. Visible Growths
If your tree has developed burls, which look like warty growths, its health has been compromised. Burls are caused by everything from impact injuries to insect infestations and viruses. You should also be wary of any visible mold or fungus growth. Depending on its extent, it may have comprised the trunk's structural integrity, making tree removal necessary.
If you recognize any of the above signs, turn to Columbia Tree & Lawn Service for your tree removal. Serving all of Howard County and the surrounding areas, this locally owned and operated company has been in business for more than 40 years. They offer everything from tree trimming and pruning to stump removal and bamboo remediation for both residential and commercial clients. To request an estimate for tree removal, reach out on their website or call (410) 740-5444.