How to Tell that Your Tree is Stressed

October 2, 2017

We tend to only associate stress with humans. However, it’s also a condition that trees can deal with over the course of their lives. A stressed tree can slow growth and even lead to death. But how can you tell when a tree in your yard is stressed? In this blog post, we dive into that and explain how a tree service can help.

  1. Small leaves – If you have a tree in your yard, you should know the normal size of its leaves. One sign of a stressed tree involves the presence of abnormally small leaves. Keep in mind that different species and varieties of trees will have different sized leaves. For the most part, though, smaller leaves indicate that a tree is stressed.
  2. Trunk damage – Are there sizable cracks on your tree’s trunk? While a cracked trunk may not mean the tree is currently stressed, it does open up the door for decay and disease to settle in. So get into the habit of inspecting your tree’s trunk every so often just to be safe.
  3. Smaller canopy – With the leaves already starting to fall, you may have to wait until next year to really take a look. It’s important to know that when a tree is severely stressed, it may shed some leaves while also growing thinner, smaller ones in the process. In turn, the tree’s canopy will be significantly smaller. This is a sign of severe stress in trees.
  4. Bark falling off – A lot of homeowners don’t realize that bark acts as a protective outer layer for trees as it prevents bugs, bacteria, mold, and other foreign invaders from attacking it. Many stressed trees will lose their protective layer of bark, making them susceptible to further damage down the road.
  5. Premature fall leaf coloration – We touched on this in a recent blog post, but early fall foliage also points to tree stress. Deciduous shrubs and trees change their colors during the first few weeks of autumn, turning from green to red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, blue, and brown. Maybe you noticed this year, though, that your tree started to undergo changes much earlier than others in the neighborhood.


Now that you’ve realized that your tree has symptoms of stress, what’s the next step? Frankly, it can be a pretty helpless feeling for a homeowner knowing that there’s little they can do to remedy the situation and get their tree back on track. The experienced team at Pro Tree Service can help. Since 1989, we’ve been providing affordable, professional, and reliable tree care for those throughout Chicago. Our specialty revolves around tree trimming/pruning and tree removal, however, we can refer you to a certified arborist should your tree require that kind of attention.


There are so many options out there when it comes to tree service. So why choose us over the rest? Here are several reasons:

  • Experienced – We strive to provide the best tree pruning and tree trimming service at the most affordable rates. Thanks to our experience, we are looked at as industry leaders in the area. We understand that tree care is an investment on your end, which is why we go the extra mile in ensuring that you understand all of the relevant costs and risk.
  • Affordable – Pro Tree Service is proud to offer a Best Price Guarantee. Unlike competitors, we encourage customers to shop around for the best rates available. We guarantee that we will match or beat any reasonable, written estimate by 10 percent. There are no hidden fees or gimmicks, just upfront pricing.
  • Fully insured, licensed, and bonded – Our professionals are legally incorporated and carry commercial general liability, workman’s compensation, and all required municipal bonds and licenses. In an industry where homeowners are ripped off every day by uninsured tree care companies, we make it a point to eliminate this concern.

If it’s determined that nothing will be able to save your stressed tree, tree removal is the only option. Please be aware that our tree removal services include the following:

  • Removal of all branches, logs, and major debris (stump removal is included in our estimate, but note that stump remains can be removed for a separate charge)  

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