What Causes Trees to Die

There are a number of reasons that can cause tree decay and death. Our team at Chapman's tree services has years of experience and certified arborists to help homeowners in Georgia protect their trees. Over the years we have come across every possible scenario for tree death and can help you to understand why your trees are not growing like they should.

Top 5 Reasons Your Tree Is Dying

Hazards to trees can come in a variety of forms such as accidents, too much herbicide, soil compaction, over or under watering, and much more. Our team aims to protect every tree rather than to remove trees which could otherwise be saved. Take a look below at our top 5 reasons your tree is dying to see if any of these are occurring on your property.

1. Accidents

Automobiles, storms, and even lawnmowers can cause bark damage and wounds on trees. One can avoid tree wounding by planting them in sheltered locations or by providing some sort of barrier. Be very careful while using lawn mowers and weed trimmers, as careless use can damage the roots and bark of even large trees. Check for any damage incurred during heavy storms, and treat it promptly. Remember, the integrity and stability of a tree changes over time.

2. Herbicides

When used properly, chemicals can benefit trees and their growth. Improperly used, herbicides can interact with the roots and damage the tree's health. Make sure the instructions for application are carefully followed. Seek professional help whenever you are not sure.

3. Soil Compaction

This is a slow tree damage process, often with few or no other signs of the cause. In compacted soil, pore space has been reduced and roots do not get enough oxygen. Often the tree slowly declines and dies. Soil compaction can be avoided by aerating the soil, by mulching and by preventing soil disruption around trees on construction sites.

4. Watering

Both over and under watering can be harmful to trees. Watering is critical for all trees in dry spells as well as young or newly transplanted trees. Monitoring the soil moisture is one of the best ways of making sure that adequate water is provided.

5. Improper Pruning

Pruning should follow standards established in ANSI A300, published by the American National Standards Institute. Proper pruning is a tree health treatment, but one of the most neglected tree care practices.

Contact Our Tree Experts Today

Our experts at Chapman's Tree Service have years of experience removing, trimming, and protecting trees. Our team is just a phone call away and can assist you with any issues you may be having.