Trees represent a significant investment. Healthy trees add value and curb appeal to your home, and a large, mature tree is almost priceless. For these reasons, homeowners should not be so quick to remove an unhealthy tree.
Here are key elements that are necessary for continued survival and eventual recovery:
- The leader is what you might think of as the trunk. Trees have a central leader that goes all the way through the tree. The leader is the main highway for the transport of water and nutrition. It also governs the structural integrity of the supporting branches. Damage to the central leader is difficult to recover from.
- Usually when infection, storms, or hard winters strike, some of the foliage is affected. However, if more than half of the branches and leaves are still full and healthy, this is a good sign that your tree can come back to better health.
- When too much foliage is missing, however, removal might be the only option. Trees need leaves for food, and if the leaves can't produce enough to sustain the healing process, there's nothing to be done.
- Bark loss is a serious problem that should not be ignored. Usually, bark loss comes from exterior predators like deer, squirrels, and rabbits who strip the tree of bark for food during lean winter months. Bark is the tree's main protection against disease and insects.
For more information on saving your trees, contact the experienced arborists at Ted’s Trees, Ltd. in Austin, Texas, for the best tree service.