How to examine your tree
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Examine the Tree
If your tree looks sick or stressed in houston here"s is what to look for
to spot potential problems.
When examining a tree for possible problems.
Look at the entire tree (foliage, trunk,
branches), not just areas that seem to show a problem.
Has the tree yellowed which may indicate a root problem.
Has the ph been checked around the tree
Examine the foliage (leaves or needles).
• Do the leaves have holes or ragged edges?
• Are the leaf margins brown, does the brown run across the veins.
Examine the trunk and branches.
• Has the bark been injured by mowing equipment, vehicles, animals, or
• Is there evidence of insect activity (holes, chewing marks, tunnels, etc.)?
• Are there any splits or cracks in the bark,
If its a pine is there rosin leaking from the tree.
• Has the tree been damaged by ice, hail, or wind?
• Is the tree in an exposed, windy location?
Are any wet, sticky substances oozing from the bark? This
an infection of the wood by bacteria.
• Is there evidence of decay or hollowing of the trunk?
Are fungal shelf's visible on the side of the tree. this may indicate wood rot decay.
• Are cankers evident on the branches or trunk?
• Is the tissue beneath the bark discolored (tan or brown)?
• Does it show brown or green streaks? This may indicate infection by a
vascular wilt fungus.
Look at the roots.
• Is the tree planted too deeply?
•Have the roots been injured by some one digging around the tree
has there been there construction damage
• Has nearby soil been compacted by extensive foot
traffic or machinery?