Signs You Have A Dying Tree On Your Property

Did you know that trees have an immune system as well? For instance, they have self-healing abilities that help them live longer even when faced with issues like infections. However, if a tree is ill and no treatment is offered, it may die. The good news is that the process isn't rapid, so you can save the tree if you notice the symptoms on time. Alternatively, you'll have to schedule tree removal if the infection has spread and treatment doesn't work. Note that a tree beyond recovery can harm people and the items on your property when it falls unexpectedly. Below are signs of an unhealthy tree and what you should do.

Weak Structure

The trunk and branches should be strong if a tree gets enough water and nutrients from the soil. Moreover, pruning will help boost its structure and strength, making it easy for the tree to withstand strong winds. However, if a tree has an unnatural growth pattern or has been pruned inappropriately, it will have a weak structure and could eventually deteriorate and fall.


Whenever there are outward signs of decay, like dead limbs, soft breakable wood, or spores resembling mushrooms, you may need to get an expert to inspect the tree. You should know that decay affects the inner parts of the tree first before it reveals itself on the outside. So, if there are signs of decay on the outside, the internal components could already be decayed, and the only solution is to remove the tree. 


While it's normal to see cracks on trees, you shouldn't ignore those that appear deep. Such deep cracks can easily accommodate disease-causing pests, a problem that will affect the tree's health. Moreover, the pests may spread diseases to other healthy plants in your yard, eventually killing most of your vegetation. 

Fragile Joints

The joints of a healthy tree are usually strong. However, if the branches grow too close with a bark between them, they may spell trouble. In this case, you will need an arborist to fix the problem. Note that failure to correct fragile branches can lead to property damage or injuries should they fall on unsuspecting passersby. 

Remember, tree removal is usually a last resort, so hire an arborist to confirm that your dying tree cannot be cured. In some cases, removal may be necessary to ensure the infections do not spread to nearby plants. More so, do not allow a dying tree to affect the appearance of your yard and create safety risks on the property as a whole. Once you see signs of decay, schedule a tree removal service and confirm the tree cannot be saved.