From occasional pruning to fertilizing and watering, you do every single thing you can to maintain your beloved tree. However, even with the best of care, a tree can become sick, just like humans.
If you’ve properly taken care of your tree and hired a tree service from time to time, chances are your tree is healthy. Here are several signs that can tell you if your tree is healthy.
Proper Leaf Size, Shape, and Color
People love the fall season due to the amazing fall foliage. However, for those who do not know, the color of the leaf is actually a sign of the health of a tree. That’s why you’ve got to ensure that the leaves of your tree are the ideal color for the current season.
In spring, you should take a look at the leaves of your tree. You should consider it a red flag if the leaves are stunted and shaped irregularly or if they are yellow. Wrong leaf size, shape, and color can all indicate diseases, pesticide damage, watering issues, insect damage, and nutrient deficiencies.
One of the several clear indications of an unhealthy tree is wilting. Usually, the stems and leaves of a tree lose their rigidness and start to droop if it’s stressed. In some cases, a wilting tree is an indication of diseases, too little or too much sun, over-watering, or lack of water.
No Bare Patches
You do not have to worry about pare batches until next spring unless it is an evergreen tree. Several causes of bare patches include diseases, insects, damage from previously applied pesticides, improper pruning practices, animals eating the leaves, and nutrients and water not reaching branches in the area.
A Healthy Trunk
A trunk that’s healthy is crucial to the tree’s overall health. It is definitely not ideal if the bark is peeling or is loose. Another red flag of bad tree health is fungi developing on the trunk.
Oftentimes, trunk damage leaves an open wound for diseases and insects to attack. Because of that, you should always be cautious when using sharp garden tools around trees. You should call a professional tree service as soon as you can if you notice large holes or cracks in the trunk of your tree.
No Broken or Dead Branches
Check your tree. Do you find any significantly diseased, damaged, and/or dead branches? If your answer is yes, then you will have to trim your tree.
A lot of people do not know that broken or dead branches attract diseases and insects.
One Central Leader
Almost every tree needs to be pruned to have a single central leader. Aside from adding strength and stability to the structure, having a central leader also guarantees a straight appearance. However, you’ve got to remember that a couple of trees have 2 or more leaders.
Keep in mind that having more than 1 central leader might cause your tree to split eventually for the most part. If you’ve got questions about this, you can always ask an arborist.