Dead or Sleeping? Perform a Tree Check-Up Soon!

Dead vs Dormant Tree

How can you tell whether a tree is dead during the dormant season? Here’s what to look for.

The dormant season is an important time for trees. They work hard all year to provide us clean air and a vivid, living landscape. Trees need the winter season to take a rest and prepare to get back to work in the spring. In the winter, trees slow down and conserve energy. However, the barren look can make you think that the tree might possibly be dead. And, in fact, your trees might actually die during the winter. How would you be able to tell the difference between a dead tree and one that’s just sleeping? It’s time to head outside and do a check-up on your trees. Here’s what to look for.

Find Budding Life

Even in the winter, trees have little buds that will eventually bloom in the spring. Get up close to your tree and check for signs of leafy, vivacious buds. Branches with shriveled buds, or ones that don’t have any at all, mean the branch is dead and should be removed. Also, if there are leaves still hanging on to the tree long after the autumn, this might be an indication that the tree is dead or dying.

Check the Trunk

Tree bark undergoes a process very similar to leaves in the winter. As new bark grows, the old bark falls off. You should be seeing new bark growing on the trunk. On the other hand, if you see bark shedding, but no new bark growing in, it could be a sign that the tree is not doing so well. If you find cracks in the trunk, this is another serious warning sign.

The Scratch Test

Take a pocketknife and lightly scratch a spot off of one of the twigs on the tree. If the layer underneath is moist and green, it indicates a healthy tree. But if it is brown and brittle, it could be a sign of trouble.

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We are experts and want to work with you to provide the best care for your trees.  After we’re done, your trees will be thriving and safe as they beautify your landscape. Contact us today for your free quote.  We will respond in a timely manner.  If you need us, we’re available for emergency services 24/7.  No task is too much to ask.

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