What Is A Dying Tree?
A dying tree is one which will not bear fruit anymore. It may have some branches, but they do not produce any fruit. There are many reasons why a tree dies, such as disease, insects or other factors. Some trees die because of lack of water or nutrients from rainwater falling on them. Other times it happens due to natural causes like drought and so on.
How Do You Know If Your Tree Is Dead Or Dormant?
If your tree does not produce fruit anymore, then it is probably dead. However, there are several ways to tell whether a tree is dead or alive. Here are few methods:
1) Watering And Nutrient Depletion: When a tree becomes dry and no longer produces fruits, its life span decreases rapidly.
This is usually caused by lack of water and nutrients.
2) Insects: Trees become infested with various insect species when their life span becomes short.
These pests cause the death of trees. They attack the leaves, stems, bark and other parts of the tree causing it to wither away.
3) Disease: Diseases are another major reason for tree’s demise.
Usually these diseases affect trees in different ways depending upon their age and health status at time of infection.
What To Do With A Dead Tree:
When a tree dies, it becomes infected with various viruses and bacte- ria. It is best to remove the dead tree to avoid causing any potential dangers to humans or property damage. Some people burn the dead tree while others choose to remove it from their property. If you do decide to remove it yourself, be very cautious.
Dead trees have a tendency to fall over with little or no wind. Always take proper safety precautions whenever handling a dead tree.
How To Identify A Dead Tree:
1) No Leaves: The most obvious sign that a tree is dead is that it does not have any leaves.
Trees lose their leaves as a natural process. However, when a tree loses its leaves in the middle of the summer or the winter, it means that the tree is dead and probably needs to come down.
2) No Flowers Or Fruit: When a tree has no flowers or fruit anymore, it is a sign that the tree is dying.
If a fruit tree used to produce a lot of fruit and now does not or if it used to have beautiful flowers and now does not, it probably needs to be taken down as well.
3) Low Amount Of Leaves: If you look at the branches of the tree, you will notice that it only has a few leaves.
Typically if a tree has less than half of its leaves, it is a sign that the tree needs to come down.
4) Low Amount Of Greenness: The color of a dying tree starts to appear dull or faded.
This is because the nutrients that are used for the tree to grow are no longer being applied. Other times the tree will start to wither away and appear very dry.
5) Discoloration Of The Tree: Certain diseases and pests can cause the bark on a tree to appear to be different colors than what they normally are.
Typically this discoloration is brown or grayish in color. If you notice this on your tree, it probably needs to be taken down for safety reasons.
How To Check Your Tree For Safety:
Besides looking at your tree and judging whether it is dead or alive, you can perform a simple check to make sure that the tree is still okay to stand on. All you need is a handsaw or chainsaw and a 5-gallon plastic bucket or small piece of wood.
1) Cut A Hole In The Bottom Of The Bucket: Use a handsaw or chainsaw to cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket.
Make sure the hole is about the size of a half-dollar.
2) Place The Bucket Under The Tree: Get underneath your dead tree and place the bucket directly under it.
3) Stand On The Bucket: Be careful when you do this because you do not want the tree to fall on you!
Step firmly on the bucket and make sure that it can hold your weight. If it can, it means that the root system of your tree is still strong enough to support itself and therefore does not need to be cut down.
4) Check For Falling Acorns Or Beechnuts: The final test is to check for acorns or beechnuts on the ground below the tree.
Acorns or beechnuts that land on the ground below the dead tree means that the tree is still strong enough to produce seed and does not need to be taken down. If you do not find any acorns or beechnuts near the base of the tree, it may need to be taken down for safety reasons because its root system is not as strong as it once was.
If you follow this guide, you should have a safer yard and home without any falling trees. Remember when cutting down a tree, you should always use the right equipment and know what you are doing.
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