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Signs It’s Time to Call a Tree Specialist

If you have a tree in your yard, you’ll want to give it the best care possible so that it continues to grow healthy without becoming a safety hazard. You can handle many tree care tasks on your own, but you may need to call a tree specialist for help if you notice any of these four problems that may require more advanced methods to solve.

A Lopsided Trunk

You may notice that the trunk of a tree looks lopsided, and this often occurs as the tree starts to lean. Not all leaning trees are dangerous or are on the verge of falling over, but you should call a tree specialist to come and look at the tree to see if any measures need to be taken. Stakes, rope, and other items may need to be used to stabilize the tree and keep it from collapsing, or the tree may need to be removed if it’s too unsafe.

No New Leaf Growth

A tree might not be growing leaves, or it could have dead leaves on it that won’t shed to allow for new leaf growth. A tree specialist can investigate the situation to determine if the lack of new leaves is attributed to a lack of water or nutrients. The tree may have also experienced cold-weather damage that should be remedied. If a dead tree is the cause of no new leaf growth, the tree should be removed as soon as possible.

Damage from Roots

Professional residential tree care is often needed to address existing or potential damages caused by tree roots. As tree roots continue to grow, they could damage underground pipes or your home’s foundation. Trees with problematic root growth often need to be cut down to stop the roots from growing. Once the tree has been removed, stump grinding can prevent additional root growth that still sometimes occurs when the tree is gone.

Major Pest Problems

Minor pest problems on a tree can often be handled with store-bought pesticides or other methods that you can try yourself, but you shouldn’t hesitate to hire a tree specialist if the pest problem is widespread and seriously harming your tree. The specialist can check the branches and other parts of the tree to target the pests along with their eggs. Preventative measures can also be taken by the specialist to keep pests from returning to the tree.

You don’t have to handle all your tree care tasks on your own. If a tree problem is too difficult for you to manage by yourself, a tree care specialist can come to you to offer assistance.


Author Bio:  Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.


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