Trees can be very long-lived. Birch will live to about 60 years old, beech to almost 200 years old and a yew tree may live over 300 years. It’s not surprising therefore that we assume trees will just go on growing year after year without any fuss or bother. Often that is true; however, trees do degenerate, either through age or disease or damage and every responsible tree owner needs to check his or her trees regularly to spot early signs of trouble. Caught early, a tree problem can be dealt with effectively and cost-efficiently. Left too late and the consequences could be severe or even fatal.
So what are the warning signs to look for?
- Is the tree encroaching into the space of a nearby structure (building, overhead cabling, etc)?
- Are any adjacent trees looking sick or dead?
- Has the tree developed a strong lean to one side?
- Is the tree crown (canopy) lop-sided?
- Does the trunk have a crack or split?
- (In leaf) Do the leaves look sparse or off-colour?
- (Out of leaf) Do any branches look dead, have fallen or are hanging from the tree?
- Is the ground around the base of the tree eroding?
- Is there any fungus at the base of the tree?
- Have any roots been damaged by recent paving, building work etc?
- Are any roots severed?
- (In leaf) Do the leaves look misshapen or diseased?
- Can you see any rotten wood in the trunk or main branches?
- Can you see any cavities in the wood?
- Is any other plant (creeper or climber) overwhelming the tree?
If the answer is “YES” to any of these questions, contact a professional tree surgeon. Take time to find a reputable local tree surgeon and check out our blog entry: How to Avoid Rogue Trader Tree Surgeons.
Regular routine checks and care tend to work out cheaper in the long run, and is much better for the tree’s well-being than sporadic and severe pruning or remedial work. A professional arborist will be able to put together an ongoing management plan for the benefit of the tree(s).
Contact Epic Tree Care to arrange a free visit and health check for your trees. Call 01224 460377 or Contact us online.
Remember that prevention is better than remedial work!