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  • Writer's pictureRussell Fey

Telltale Signs Of Tree Damage


Your landscape is every bit as important to the value of your property as your home itself. In fact, a well-maintained and healthy landscape can add as much as thirty percent to your home’s overall value. Caring for your landscape is essential to keeping your property in its best shape.

How Are Your Trees Looking?

One very large part of your landscape involves your trees; we generally don’t give them any thought until they begin to visibly break down and cause damage to our lawns, our homes, and even potentially cause us harm. Caring for and maintaining your trees is necessary to keep your whole landscape healthy and thriving. How can you tell if your trees are diseased or damaged? Read on for some telltale signs that it may be time to call in an arborist.

  1. Peeling bark. As a tree begins to degenerate, the bark spreads and separates, causing it to peel back from the trunk. This is an obvious sign that the tree has already started to die. Calling a professional to diagnose and make recommendations for safe removal will be necessary to preserve surrounding trees and vegetation.

  2. The absence of living buds. Single branches with no living buds are a dead end for that branch, while multiple branches with the same issue indicate a problem with the tree’s root system. This could quickly become a safety hazard, as a dying tree will fall at some point.

  3. Cracked trunk. Healthy trees have large, robust trunks that help the tree store and use water that is drawn up from the roots. A cracked trunk means that water is not making it up through the trunk and into branches, and it’s only a matter of time before the entire structure dries out.

  4. Rotted roots. A tree without a robust root system will not last very long. If you notice the presence of dead, cracked, and splitting roots, it’s time to call for tree removal to eliminate a potentially hazardous situation that could occur with falling.

  5. The presence of fungus. If you haven’t previously noticed growths on a tree and suddenly, they seem to pop up out of nowhere, it’s likely that some infestation has taken over. Whether it’s a fungus, bacteria, or even pest infestation, its visibility is an indicator that it has completely taken over the tree’s structure. It’s time to consider removal.

  6. Discolored leaves. As a tree becomes diseased or compromised, you’ll notice that its leaves begin to turn color. The presence of yellow or brown leaves in the wrong season means that the tree is ill or dying. Call a professional to assess your tree’s health and make recommendations for care or removal, depending on the severity of its condition.

  7. Falling branches. A certain number of falling branches is to be expected after a big storm or heavy wind. Increasing numbers of falling branches when the weather is fair tells you that something is wrong with a tree. Take note of how often you have to clean below it and be careful not to linger underneath too long to prevent injury as you clean up.

  8. Leaning. Leaning trees indicate that some deficiency has taken place with the development of its root system, impacting its growth. If this leaning is becoming worse over time, call in an arborist to assess the tree’s health and determine the best course of action for dealing with it.

Sarasota Tree Service: Practical Solutions and Quality Tree Care

Sarasota Tree Service professionals are trained arborists who are passionate about tree care. With skilled technicians, proper tools, and practical experience in all aspects of caring for trees, we will work with you to design a landscape care plan that includes all of your tree care needs. Contact us today for an assessment of your landscape and trees; visit for more information!

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