Steps to Take When Your Tree is Dying

November 13, 2017

Trees, much like humans, have incredible immune systems. It’s the self-healing ability of trees that allows them to live such long lives. However, what happens when your tree doesn’t look like itself any longer? Believe it or not, an unhealthy tree can harm you and your property. In this blog post, we will look at the signs of a sick tree and what you can do to prevent disease.


  1. Decay – Outward symptoms of decay include mushroom-like spores, dead branches, and soft, breakable wood. Note that decay in trees usually affects the inside first. In many cases, you will need to consult a tree care expert regarding this sign.
  2. Poor structure – A combination of unnatural growth pattern, severe storms, and poor pruning may cause trees to lean more to one side or have a peculiar shape. A reliable tree company can work to prevent the tree from falling.
  3. Weak joints – It’s never good when branches don’t look very attached to the tree. Weak unions or joints can be caused by branches growing close together with bark in between. Not surprisingly, weak branches likely spell trouble if not addressed within a reasonable amount of time.
  4. Cracks – All trees have cracks, but not all cracks are normal. Watch for any that become too deep and begin to affect the tree’s infrastructure and branches. Cracks can also host detrimental, disease-causing pests.
  5. Cankers – These are areas of dead bark on your tree. Keep in mind that tree cankers stem from bacteria/fungi that infect a tree through an open wound. Fortunately, tree cankers sound a lot worse than they actually are. With some professional pruning, cankers can be a thing of the past.

As a homeowner who loves trees, you’ll do whatever possible to keep yours healthy and thriving. That’s where prevention comes into play. Here are five things to do to boost your tree’s health:

  • Be mindful of your tree while doing yard work – Take a moment to think about how many times you’ve bumped your lawn mower on the tree over the years. It’s important to know that wounds on trees promote infection.
  • Look for any exposed roots – Root rot can be deadly. If you happen to locate any exposed roots, don’t try to handle the dilemma on your own. Put your trust in the hands of a licensed tree service.
  • Meet the essential needs of your tree – Just like you and I, a tree must be able to breathe easily. Should you have mulch around your tree, leave plenty of room around it.
  • Watch the weather – It’s no secret that trees are hardy creatures. That said, they do require plenty of water. In overly hot/dry conditions, don’t hesitate to water your tree a bit with the garden hose.
  • Only prune when necessary – Too many homeowners make the mistake of overly pruning. Be aware that trees do not need to be trimmed and pruned on a regular basis. The purpose of pruning is to allow for proper growth and a strong immune system. Don’t hesitate to ask your preferred tree service for the proper pruning tips and techniques.   


The reality is that we can only do so much for trees and their health. At Pro Tree Service, we offer tree removal for your convenience as a last resort. For nearly three decades, our team has been helping folks throughout Chicago. We are proud to provide the best solutions at the most competitive rates through our Best Price Guarantee. Just show us any reasonable, written estimate and we will beat it by 10 percent. Note that our full-service tree removals generally include branches, logs, and major debris. Tree stump removal is included in estimates.

We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded to perform a number of tree-related services. Our team makes it a point to communicate with customers as much as possible, helping them understand relevant risks and costs. Doing so helps them make the best decision possible. With 24-hour emergency response service available, you can count on us to get the job done in a timely manner.

Don’t let a dying tree continue to negatively impact your yard and property as a whole. Call Pro Tree now to request an estimate.

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