Trees are remarkable in their ability to resist numerous dangers, including high winds and infected soil. Evolution has allowed them to develop strong roots, trunks, and branches to withstand natural elements that threaten them. They also give us oxygen, shelter, soil stability, and sights that live for hundreds of years. However, trees inevitably will die. If you have a dying tree on your landscape, hire a professional tree care company for removal before it causes damage.
Dying trees present a wide array of hazards to their immediate surroundings. Therefore, the Timber Works Tree Care team specializes in removing dead trees safely and quickly for landowners in Warren County, VA. We also offer tree pruning, land clearing, forestry mulching, stump grinding, and many more tree care service options. If you need professional tree care, call us at (504) 692-9606.
Below, we discuss the most common causes of tree death and how Timber Works addresses them:
What is Tree Death?
When a tree can no longer gather the sustenance it needs or its surroundings provide insufficient nourishment, it will begin to sicken and die. Indeed, trees rarely die from old age (which makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact lifespans for every species). Instead, most trees die from wounds and environmental stressors, such as poor climate conditions, natural events, and disease.
Common Tree Death Causes
- Poor climate conditions
The basic needs of trees seem simple: water, sunlight, nutrients, and space to grow. But given the long lifespan of many trees, environmental conditions may shift such that they no longer receive these resources. For instance, climate change has caused extensive droughts throughout California. These droughts have spurred cataclysmic wildfire seasons that kill millions of trees. Alternatively, too much precipitation presents dangers as well. When soil cannot drain, it remains wet for extended periods and causes root rot, an almost irreversible issue once its symptoms start to show.
- Natural Disasters
Trees can withstand seasonal temperature changes and moderate storm conditions. However, catastrophic events and constant battles with the weather elements place significant stress on trees, specifically their roots. Over time, those roots and trunks may weaken. Wounds due to collisions also threaten their livelihood.
To determine if a tree is stressed, check its leaves. Treetops devoid of leaves and easily broken limbs and branches indicate a stressed growth, struggling with the elements. Contact a certified tree specialist for help with storm-damaged and stressed trees.
- Disease and Insects
Trees are home to diverse wildlife, many of which pose little threat to them. However, they are also vulnerable to many pest species, including Emerald Ash Borers, Asian Long-Horned Beetles, and Spotted Lanterflies. These insects use trees as a food source or nests to lay their eggs. Some bugs seek moisture inside trees and burrow to the innermost layers. In many cases, insect infestations cause tree diseases because targeted trees weaken and become vulnerable to the elements. The most common types of tree diseases attack the vascular system, where the tree rots from the inside out.
Remove Your Dying Tree in Warren County, VA!
A dead or dying tree can be an eyesore on an individual’s property. So, turn to Timber Works Tree Care for professional tree removal services. We ensure safe and efficient services for Warren County, VA, residents that refresh their property and give them a better grasp of tree care. Moreover, our employees are covered by Workers’ Comp and liability insurance to protect them and our clients. For a free project estimate, contact (540) 692-9606.