Is My Tree Dead?

Published On: March 30th, 20222.8 min read

Whether it’s for the shade they provide or their beauty, trees are a staple in many backyards. But even the strongest trees will begin to decline, despite their impressive lifespan.

So, how do you find the answer to the infamous question, “Is my tree dead?”? If you’re looking for the answer to the above question, you’ve come to the right place. Everything you need to know about identifying a dead tree is waiting below.

Is My Tree Dead?: Signs Tree is Dead/Dying

Before and after your tree dies, its state will show through its appearance. Sometimes the signs are easy enough to notice on your own, but smaller indicators will stay hidden to untrained eyes. In other words, you’ll need to know what to look for to see it.

Learning about the signs of a dying tree may seem useless, but this knowledge carries a few benefits. Early identification of a dying tree increases your chances of saving it, and knowing the look of a stressed tree could prevent serious problems for any homeowner.

1. Leaning

Have you noticed over time your tree is leaning more and more? This is never a good indication. Sometimes, bending is a sign of wind-related damage, meaning the tree can be corrected if caught early enough. Unfortunately, a progressively worsening lean could also be the result of root rot/damage, a potentially fatal tree problem.

In the case of root damage, the tree has to be removed to prevent potential harm.

2. Premature Leaf Changes 

During the fall seasons, it is completely normal for your tree’s leaves to change color. But color changes taking place during the spring/summer months are not normal. Premature leaf changes are a sign that your tree is struggling.

There are a variety of reasons that a tree may lose its leaves prior to fall: They range from insect and disease infestation, drought, lack of soil moisture, and more. If the damage is not severe, you can take action to save the tree. But if the leaf drop occurs multiple years in a row or for an extended period of time, you may need to consider removal.  The leaves are how a tree makes its nutrients and without them, the tree will suffer.

3. Fungi Growth

Another common indicator of a dead or declining tree is the presence of fungi growth. If you begin to notice fungi or mold inside your tree’s fallen branches or at its base, your tree may not be doing well. Fungi feed on decaying matter and colonize trees that are already strained.

4. Peeling Bark

Bark acts as a suit of armor for trees, meaning your tree will not live long without it. If your tree is shedding its bark, this could be a sign of insect infestation or disease. Either way, you will need to act quickly to save your tree and those around it.

In Need of Tree Removal Services? 

Now that you can answer the question, “Is my tree dead?” it’s time to decide what to do about it.  If you’ve determined that your tree is dead and need help with tree removal, consider our services at Arbortech. We are an Eastern Connecticut tree service company trained in tree preservation and removal.

Click here to learn more about our services, read client testimonials, or request an estimate.

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These guys are FANTASTIC. Justin, Lindsey, their entire crew really great!! When Justin stopped by to take a look, he listened to what we wanted to accomplish, made suggestions on what to take, leave or just trim. His crew came as expected, did a GREAT job!! If it wasn't for the sign and missing trees you would never have known they were here. I could go on and on. Thank you!!!
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Bob Sheryl Kelly
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We were so impressed with the whole team from Arbortech. Justin the owner was the first to respond to our quotes and was a pleasure to speak with, the office people, Lindsey, kept us up to date and we had the 'A' Team - Paul, Pete and Eric. The best way for me to describe the 'A' team is they are like artists. From their skill to their coordination to friendliness and beautiful clean up. . Marvel to watch. Would highly recommend this company and will use again in the future.
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Very Happy with their customer service. There was a large dead tree pretty near my garage, the neighbor's garage, and another neighbor's home that really needed to get taken down. They came out and had it down in a few hours, had everything cleaned up right after. I plan to use them again myself and would definitely recommend them!
Roxanne Oakley
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This is the second time we have used Arbortech to trim and cut down trees in our yard. After taking his time looking at the trees in question, Justin gave us his professional opinion as an arborist as to the work that needed to be done. The job was scheduled and the crew arrived promptly and did an amazing job! Paul accomplished much of this high up in the bucket equipment because of the height of the trees that needed to be taken down. It was incredible watching the men all work together. At the end of the job, the yard was cleaned up and the crew made sure we were happy with all their work. As an added bonus, we got a follow up call to make sure all had gone well, something you don't encounter much anymore! I highly recommend Arbortech for their knowledge and professionalism!!
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I have used Arbortech now multiple times at my house and wouldn't use any other tree service company. Justin is fantastic to work with, he and his team were always incredibly professional, helpful, knowledgeable and just great to work with. For our most recent job, both Justin and Lindsey worked with us to meet a tight deadline for some other work we were having completed. Thank you again for all your help, we really appreciate it!!
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We've used Arbortech Tree for two large jobs at our property. They were great to work with. Their team was well skilled with handling the removal of large trees that were near our home. They communicated well throughout the scheduling of the job. I would highly recommend Arbortech!