It is a shame to see any form of nature destroyed or removed from its natural habitat, however, in some cases this often becomes unavoidable. Particularly when it comes to trees, with age, the health of the plant starts to decline dramatically and is incapable of saving.
In some cases, thankfully, the life of a tree can be saved with a little extra care and enlisting the professional help of a tree surgeon. However, this is only achievable if the warning signs of ill health are spotted and acted on early.
When Should You Call A Tree Surgeon?
The majority of trees are more than capable of outliving humans and often live for anywhere up to 5,000 years if left undisturbed. However, unfortunately, with the constant construction of new buildings and the ever-growing demand for housing, trees are continuously being cut down while still in full health.
If you have a tree standing tall in your commercial premises, it is even more important now than ever to ensure it remains healthy and disease free, which means understanding the key warning signs to look out for that there is a problem.
1. Dead Branch Test
One of the easiest ways of discovering whether a tree has reached the end of its life is through carrying out the twig test. It is incredibly easy and gives an accurate indication as to whether you need to call your local tree surgeon Milton Keynes.
Head over to the tree and grab a small stick that is still attached to the tree, not one that had fallen off onto the ground. Break the twig into two and inspect the inside colouring. If it takes a little extra tension to break the twig into two and when split, the inside is green, then the tree is in good help and does not require any assistance.
In some cases, the inside colouring may be a slightly darker tone and appears to be more of an off-green rather than vibrant. This is not an issue, however, indicates that you will benefit from keeping an eye out on the health of your tree, paying some extra care and then redoing the test several months later. To avoid future issues, we suggest correcting any watering issues such as bad drainage, adding natural fertiliser and prune regularly.
Lastly, in the event of a twig that breaks extremely easy and is entirely brown on the inside, you will need to call a tree surgeon to assess the situation. It shows that the tree is reaching, or has reached the end of its life and is now made with dead wood meaning it is more than likely that it will need to be removed.
2. Excess Leaning
It is unlikely that you will ever see a tree that is entirely in an upright, vertical position as various different natural disturbances such as high winds will make the tree lean slightly out of place. However, if you start to notice that a tree is leaning more and more to one direction and exceeds the recommended 15 degrees, it is a warning sign of root damage or unsolvable rotting.
As a commercial property, a leaning tree can be incredibly dangerous and impact your health and safety standards. Once damaged beyond repair, it will only take a small amount of force to break at the trunk or fall. Not only does this run the risk of a large tree plummeting into your building, but also falling on a visitor or their vehicle, leaving you faced with huge reparation or compensation fees.
3. Lack of Leaves
Fortunately, this warning sign, if noticed early can be fixed and will not result in full tree removal. Lack of leaf growth is one of the most common health issues within trees, so tree surgeons have pinpointed many different ways to resolve the damage.
If you know that you have an old tree on your premises, keep an eye out on the amount of life that grows during the Spring and Summer months. During these periods, branches should be brimming with vibrant life, blossoming with delicate flowers and crisp green leaves. If this isn’t the case, and there is also a lack of bark covering the upper layer of branches, it is highly recommended to get a full assessment carried out by a tree surgeon.
4. Overgrown Branches
Similarly to the issue of lack of leaves, with regular maintenance, overgrown branches will not result in a severe problem, however, can cause decay if left unpruned.
It is common on commercial premises for many different types and sizes of trees to be planted close to each other to achieve an aesthetically appealing, welcoming first impression. Over time, trees continue to grow larger, meaning space becomes incredibly limited, and branches will start to grow over each other and fight for growing space. If branches are forced to grow over each other, they will begin to form friction, which results in rot which travels through the entire tree.
Opting to take out a contract for regular grounds maintenance Milton Keynes will avoid overgrown branches causing a severe internal issue. Your chosen landscaping team will visit your property every month or so to prune any excess branches and ensure that all trees remain in optimum health.
As trees are a living organism, they are no different to humans when it comes to the number of diseases that could prove potentially fatal if left untreated. Depending on the type of illness your tree has, different signs and symptoms will be visible, some of the most common are peeling bark, fluid coling from the base, shoots forming and powdery mildew on leaves. For some a more in-depth explanation and more signs, your tree may have a disease, take a look at this handy Smittys Tree Service article!
If you notice any change in the appearance of your tree, or something odd seems to appear, contact your local tree surgeon. It is more than likely that they will be happy for you to forward over a photo of the worrying change and they can then verify whether it is a disease side effect or not. If you want to do some initial research before getting into contact with a professional, the Forestry Commission has various helpful resources.
Keep Your Trees In Full Health!
In some cases, tree disease and damage cannot be avoided, and unfortunately, a full removal will be the only route. However, understanding the main warning signs that there may be an issue brewing will allow you to enlist the help of a professional early enough to save the life of your tree.