Signs and Symptoms of Tree Damage

Sometimes we disregard the damages on a tree until it’s too late and have fallen down on our roofs. There are many signs and symptoms of a damaged and unhealthy tree, and we should be aware about it so we can save them from further damage and bringing hazard to our properties. If you don’t know how examine, call tree care company for the job and in worst case scenario a cutting tree company. The following are the signs and symptoms of a damaged tree. 

  1. Construction Damage 

Sometimes damages are done to trees by external forces caused by humans, not only diseases. Construction damage is caused by physical injury to crown and trunk which includes broken and split branches, smothering of roots and compaction of root zone. It will cause the trees to grow and wilt poorly and tips of branches may die.  

You need a professional to inspect because the damages might be obvious for you after 1 or 2 years.  You can prevent this by marking and flagging trees during the construction. There should be no heavy supplies or equipment travelling over the stored roots. If the damage is already done, you can control it by pruning the damaged branches.  

  1. Lawnmower Damage 

Sometimes damages are done to trees when you’re mowing. Signs of lawnmower damage are cuts in the bark of the tree. If the injuries are repeated, it can cause the branches to die and kill the tree in the future. The injuries also allow the pests and other diseases to enter, making the tree sick. To prevent this kind of damage, use hand tools to clip close to trunk. You can also put a ground cover for a no-mow zone so you can entirely prevent the tree from being damaged.  

  1. Lightning Damage 

Whenever there is a thunderstorm or hurricane, there’s a big risk that trees are getting struck by lightning. The damages depend on how strong the lightning was, it can either bring big damage or cut the tree. Lightning damages are often long scars running from the tree’s trunk to its ground. If the lightning is not that deadly, leaves turn into yellow. You can prevent lightning damage by calling a professional to install a copper lightning protector. If the tree has been hit already, you can remove the damaged bark and branches.  

  1. Nitrogen Deficiency 

This damage occurs mostly on sandy soils. You will then notice that older and lower leaves become yellow from pale green and the entire plant is lighter. The flowers also turn into yellow and the fruits are woody. To prevent nitrogen deficiency in your trees, replace mulch as needed and compost as necessary. You can also apply supplemental nitrogen fertilizer and spray the leaves with fish emulsion.  

  1. Lack of Water 

Trees need water like any other plants. Lack of water can damage a tree and wilt the leaves. You can notice if it’s damaged by looking at the trees that turn brown or yellow. Damage caused by lack of water is a result of construction damage.  

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