First Aid for Your Trees, Servicing the Greater Tampa Bay Area

Identifying A Sick Tree

The Tampa Bay area is well know for it’s lush landscapes accentuated by beautiful and majestic flowing trees. In fact nearly every homeowner has at least one, if not more, trees in their yard and commercial properties, or local business, generally have multiple trees accenting their properties. Healthy trees are beautiful, and add a great deal of monetary and aesthetic value to a property.

Unfortunately not all trees are adding value to these properties; because trees get sick, like any living creature, and require professional medical attention. When trees decline or become stressed they take away from a property and often become a liability. Too often home and business owners call in a tree service to remove trees due to pests, diseases, or storm damage. However, in many cases the sick tree could have been saved, with proper treatments, or the alignments could have been avoid altogether. Early detection and accurate diagnosis can not only save your tree but, save you the costly expenses of tree removal, while helping you avoid that unsightly stump, or bare spot, were that glorious tree once stood.

How do I know if I have a sick tree?

Symptoms of stress or decline in a tree can often be difficult to spot, especially if you do not know what to look for. It is recommend to have a Certified Arborist inspect your tree(s) for any symptoms, or any potential risks that could affect your tree(s) health. However, we wanted to provide you with a few tips to help you detect some more typical tree health issues.

Some of the more obvious, or visible symptoms, are found on the trunk. These symptoms include:

Bleeding sap on a pine tree

(“Bleeding” Sap caused by Pine Beetle infestation)

  • Damaged or missing bark.
  • The presence of saw dust, or a powder like substance, on the trunk.
  • Sap “bleeding”
  • Multiple “pinholes”
  • Torn or missing roots at the base.

Other sick tree signs and symptoms, requiring closer inspection, are found higher in the crown and may be less visible include:

  • Die-back at twig tips
  • Yellowing foliage during the growing season
  • Dead/Broken branches
  • Webs on foliage
  • Spots on the foliage

Leaf spots, or spots on tree leaves

(Leaf Spot caused by Apple scab fungus)

Yellowing of tree leaves

of Lemon tree foliage from nutrient

As you can see from the pictures, there are many different symptoms that can be easily noticed, but they may not be readily identified. Having a Certified Arborist visit your property will insure proper and accurate identification of these symptoms in your trees. The earlier these symptoms are identified, diagnosed, and properly treated; the sooner your tree(s) are able to recover and the more afford the treatment plan.

What to do if you notice signs of tree stress or decline?

Upon noticing any of the signs mentioned above, it is best to have an Arborist inspect the tree as soon as possible. This will ensure the best possible chance of your trees’ survival. Tree Medics provides professional, affordable tree inspections in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Call us at 813-407-9974 to schedule an inspection.

How often should your tree(s) be inspected by a Certified Arborist?

It is recommend that you have your tree(s) inspected by a Certified Arborist, at least once a year. Inspections not only look for existing problems in your trees; but, also potential hazards throughout your entire landscape that could result in tree health issues in the future.

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