In order to save a dying tree, a few steps must be taken into account. First off, one must identify the problem with the tree. The signs of a dying tree are little to no leaves, decay, cracks, bending, or dried wood. Oftentimes determining the source of the problem requires help from an arborist (a tree doctor). Wrongly diagnosing a tree may make your “solution” speed up the decay of the tree. Once the problem has been accurately identified, you are able to take the steps to handling the tree itself.
Identifying the Problem
Watering: Sometimes the problem is how the tree is being watered. It can be detrimental to a trees health if it is given too much or too little water (especially in young trees). Checking whether the drainage is appropriate for the trees home is best for the tree. If an area is experiencing water logging, improving the drainage may be sufficient. Alternatively, if too little water is being administered, take the time to either water the tree or set up an automated watering system. This situation can happen at any time, but mostly in dry weather and/or droughts.
Mulch: Another factor that could be harming your tree is mulch. Mulch is very helpful to a tree and can make it grow healthy and strong, but too much can cause numerous problems to a tree. Too much mulch can suffocate roots, preventing the growth of the tree. This can also cause bacteria and fungi to grow and even cause the tree to rot. Not only these, but insects can infest the area when too much mulch is present, making the tree susceptible to parasites. Know how to properly mulch around a tree to ensure good tree health.
Fertilizer: Alternatively, another problem that most people don’t think of is the use of fertilizer. If fertilizing the yard, avoid sprinkling too close to trees. Also avoid organic fertilizers that come from diseased plant material, as it will spread to the tree. If you think the soil around your tree needs fertilizer, it is best to test the area first before managing the site. It could be that you are not actually correcting the problem, and the tree will continue to die.
Pruning to Save a Dying Tree
Lastly, tree pruning may hold the key to saving your sick tree. Different dying trees need specified pruning, so make sure you are familiar with the proper techniques. Suitable research is required for this, and it is best to take your time when figuring out what to do. Removing the diseased area of the tree is what the pruning comes down to. Once removed, appropriate disposal is also just as important to keep the disease from spreading. This is why research is so crucial in this stage of prevention.
Knowing how to save a dying tree can be the deciding factor in your trees’ lives. Because of the methods used to save the trees, preventing decay will be even easier in the future. A healthy tree is exactly what any planter is looking for, and any steps that can be taken to prevent harm will make you and your trees happy. Read more on our tree preservation page, and if you need help saving a dying tree in the form of pruning or tree care, or need advice on if a tree can be saved then get in touch.