How to Tell If A Tree Is Under Stress

What are symptoms of a sick or distressed tree in Cincinnati?

Though a tree can become distressed at any time of the year, trees are especially susceptible during the hot, dry weather Cincinnati normally experiences during July and August. It is best to treat a sick or distressed tree at the first sign of symptoms.   Trees are more susceptible to insects and disease when malnourished and in a weakened condition. Some symptoms include the following:

Tree Tip Dieback in Cincinnati

Tree Tip Dieback

Tip Dieback

When looking at the tree standing back from a distance leaves have fallen off of the branch tips.  The tree will often appear healthy otherwise.  Tip Dieback will continue to work its way down from the tips if left untreated.

Abnormal Leaves

The leaves are not their normal color or are smaller.  The leaves are eaten, curled up, chewed at the stem and falling to the ground, have holes eaten through them, or have obvious insects on them. 

Rotten Trunk Areas

The trunk or large scaffold branches have a rotten cavity.  It is important to have an arborist remove any rotten wood.  The area should then be sprayed at least once annually.  A healthy tree will begin the process of growing new bark over the wound.  This natural healing mechanism of the tree is known as compartmentalization.

Soil Borne Mushrooms

Cincinnati Tree - Soil Borne Mushrooms Indicate Root Rot

Soil Borne Mushrooms Indicate Root Rot

Mushrooms growing in the mulch or grass surrounding a tree may be a sign of root rot.

If you see any of the above symptoms or you have any questions about the health of your trees, have an arborist from Gregory Forrest Lester inspect your trees to determine whether you have a problem and recommend solutions.  To contact us call (513) 351-6100 or fill out our free estimate form.