Tree Care FAQs — Part II

May 20, 2020

What should you do if your tree has been damaged in a storm? How often should you have your trees pruned and trimmed?

It’s not always easy to know where to turn for reliable information about trees, especially if you’ve never encountered any issues with them in the past.

We answered a few of the most common tree care questions we receive in a previous post, so be sure to go back and read through that information if you’d like to learn even more. Today’s post is a continuation of that discussion. Reach out to Pro Tree Service in Chicago if you have additional questions or would like to schedule a free consultation for your property!


How Can I Tell If My Tree Is Diseased?

This one of the most common questions we’ve received from concerned home and business owners.

Three of the most common signs that a tree is diseased include:

  • Brown or yellow leaves: Your tree’s leaves are one of the best indicators of the organism’s overall health. If they turn yellow or brown long before fall, the cause is likely Armillaria root rot. This condition is caused by a fungus and can cause branches to fall off and damage bark if it goes untreated.
  • Flaky or peeling bark: Bark issues almost always indicate disease. Trees can die if enough bark is shed, so don’t wait to have this symptom looked at by a professional.
  • Fluid: Also known as “bleeding,” fluid seeping from a tree is a sign of a late-stage infection. You might see fluid running down the sides of the tree, or you may notice foul-smelling liquid at the base.

If you notice any of these signs, contact Pro Tree Service immediately to schedule an inspection for your property.

What Is Tree Topping, and Should I Do It?

Tree topping is the practice of cutting all of a tree’s major branches along with any other secondary branches left over. Reputable tree service companies won’t perform this service, and you shouldn’t do it on your own, either.

Removing a significant portion of a tree too quickly leaves it without the ability to sustain its roots, trunk, and the portions of the branches that weren’t cut off. Moreover, it’s difficult to ensure that such significant cuts will heal properly, making the tree much more susceptible to disease and some of the other issues discussed in the previous section.

In short, invest in regular tree trimming and pruning to ensure the longevity and beauty of your trees.

Do I Really Need to Call a Professional Tree Company?


As we discussed in our previous post, trimming and pruning trees is dangerous work that requires training, on-the-job experience, and specialized equipment. Branches and trees can fall in unpredictable ways, damaging property and injuring bystanders in the process.

If you’re considering trimming branches, pruning a tree, or need a tree removed from your property altogether, give our team at Pro Tree Service a call.

We offer free consultations and are fully licensed, bonded, and insured for your, and our, peace of mind.

We look forward to helping you transform your property!

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