Posted: July 12, 2021

Tree damage isn’t exactly a one-size-fits-all scenario. It can manifest in dozens, if not hundreds of ways. Depending upon the species, the season, and the age of the tree, you have to stay observant to everything, from obvious breakage to an overabundance of pests. Maier Tree and Lawn’s tree health experts remind tree owners that it’s important to remember that some tree damage isn’t quite so obvious. Watching for these indicators of subtler tree damage may be the difference between healthy growth and withering trees on your Rochester, MN property.

Noticing a large number of leaves falling from a healthy-looking tree is one sign of a change in tree health. It’s important, however, to look beyond the leaves when you’re concerned about the health of a tree. Specifically, examining and noting any damage or changes on the trunk itself. Tree bark acts as a protective shell for your trees, but it can also be an indicator of tree health. Check the trunk semi-regularly for gouges, stripped bark, discoloration, excessive brittleness, fungus, holes, or strange textures such as spongy spots. Spotting any of these concerns early and requesting a consultation can be a great way to mitigate further tree damage.

The angle of your tree is also something to keep a close eye on. This is especially true after significant blunt damage or a severe windstorm. It’s possible for a tree to be pulled up and dislodged, even if you don’t have a full tornado on your hands. Being proactive when you see a new tilt, lean, or sway in your trees can help catch hazards and root damage before it becomes worse. After flooding or significant rain, it’s possible for trees to suffer from root rot and death. If a tree appears to be leaning significantly, be sure to contact a tree health expert before getting too close on your own. With enough of a lean, the tree could be a serious hazard.

It’s always best to err on the side of caution when there’s a new injury or existing tree damage appears to be spreading. Even if it appears minor on the surface, there could be a deeper problem that just hasn’t made itself apparent. Watch for new fungal growth, pest nests, or discoloration around the base of the trunk as well. If any of these become apparent don’t hesitate to contact a tree health professional.

If you have concerns about the health of one of your Rochester, MN area trees, the tree health professionals with Maier Tree and Lawn are here to help. Reach out today for a consultation at (507) 286–8733 or by visiting our website here for more information.

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