What Can Damage or Kill My Trees?

Trees, just like all other landscaping, gardens, and flower beds, are susceptible to damage and injury all year long. There are various elements, conditions, circumstances, pests, diseases, and more that can hurt a tree and potentially cause death. Do what are these things that can harm your trees and how can you prevent something like this from happening? Continue reading and learn what elements and influences can damage or kill your trees; and who to call for more information about tree care and protection.

Storm Damage

Storms, harsh weather, freezing temperatures, and other types of elemental conditions can damage, harm, or kill trees. In freezing temperatures, the ground around the base of a tree can freeze up. When this happens, the underground soil around the roots freezes as well, causing damage to the root system. On top of frozen soil, tree fissures can begin to develop, causing cracks, crevices, and peeling in tree bark. Loose or fallen bark exposes the inner tree trunk, making it more vulnerable to damage as well. Harsh winter storms and winds can easily break weak or damaged tree limbs and branches. When snow accumulates on tree branches, they can weaken and eventually break off. A heavy branch can cause massive amount of destruction if it falls on a roof, or even worse, a person. Exposed and bare trees are also susceptible to sun scalding. This is when the bark of the tree weakens and peels from too much sunlight.

Tree Pests and Diseases

Just like animals and humans, trees can fall ill as well. There are a few common tree diseases and threats that can jeopardize the well-being of any landscape. For example, tree can sometimes have pest control problems. Insects such as Ash Borers, wood beetles, and other sapsuckers like to feed on sugar-rich inner tree bark and can damage trees from within. They can build nests and use up all the tree’s nutrients for their own gain. When a tree is being robbed of all its nutrients, it will not survive. Other tree diseases include leaf wilt, leaf scorch, tree blight, fungus growth, bacterial growth, viruses, slime flux, and more.

More Tree Damages

There are several things that can cause damage to trees or kill trees. It all depends on a tree’s surrounding environment and the extent of care it receives. For example, trees can be damage by animals, children, moving, construction, and much more. Here is a list of various influences that can damage or kill trees in residential or commercial areas:

• Gas Leaks
• Lawnmowers
• Air Pollution
• Fire Damage
• Animals (i.e. rabbits, mice, squirrels, etc.)
• Improper Pesticide Application
• Lightning
• Girdling Roots (lack of space for roots to grow)
• Poor Water Drainage
• Lack of Moisture or Water
• Drought
• Underground Utility Lines
• Transplant Shock
• Blight
• Gradation Changes (adding or removing soil)
• Septic Tanks
• Weedkillers or Herbicides
• Wire Fences
• Puncture Wounds
• And More

It is important to first identify the type of issue your trees are experiencing; and then call a professional tree care company for information, estimates, and advice on what steps to take next in order to save your trees. It is recommended to have your trees inspected by a licensed tree service to be sure they are actually vulnerable to any of the above mentioned conditions or situations. A professional tree care technician can advise you on how to further protect your trees from harm.

Indianapolis Tree Care

Call Budget Tree Care at 317-590-1842 for professional tree service in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner, Curt Scott, and his team of highly trained and qualified Indianapolis tree care specialists have decades of experience repairing and treating dying or diseased trees. We offer all the above tree services and more! We can also accurately identify and diagnose tree diseases; as well as, remove, service, or relocate trees for residential and commercial properties. Call 317-590-1842 for more information about tree care in Indianapolis, IN and its surrounding counties.

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