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Is My Tree Decaying?

Is My Tree Decaying?

Decaying TreesDo you have a tree on your property that has seen better days? There’s a good chance that it could be decaying. What’s more, it could potentially put you and your family, your home, and your entire property in danger in the future. It can be tough to tell whether or not a tree is decaying since trees tend to decay from the inside out. Nevertheless, there are certain signs to look for that indicate potential problems. Here is how you’ll know a tree is decaying.

The appearance of a tree’s bark has changed dramatically.

One of the first things you’ll notice when a tree starts to decay is changes to its bark. The bark that used to look so healthy will suddenly have cracks and holes in it. This is a pretty clear-cut indication of decay in most cases. It’s a good idea for homeowners to inspect the bark on their trees every now and then to see what kind of condition it’s in.

A tree has a lot of dead branches on it.

Are you finding tons of dead branches scattered throughout your yard every week or two? It’s not uncommon to find one or two dead branches every now and then, but if you’re seeing them fall in your yard consistently, it’s a bad sign. The branches on trees that are decaying will often dry out and break before crashing down to earth during storms and on windy days. Look out for them in your yard.

The leaves on a tree look discolored.

During the spring, summer, and most of the fall, the leaves that grow on a tree should look healthy. If you notice discoloration on them or if they have spots on them, it could show that you have a decaying tree on your hands. It’s good to call on an expert for help to see if you need to be worried about the way your leaves look.

If you’re concerned that a tree in your yard might be decaying, Big Foot Tree Service can come out and take a look at it for you. We can also provide tree trimming and tree removal services if we find that a tree is, in fact, dying on you. Call us at 973-885-8000 today to obtain a free estimate on our services.

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

There’s something happening lately that baffles professional tree companies… and that’s the practice of “tree topping.” It’s a damaging tree pruning practice that’s “no bueno.” Yet some companies think it’s fine. They **think** cutting off the tops of trees will help stimulate tree growth, while also managing the size of the tree. While it may… Continue Reading

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

When people decided to trim trees on their property, they typically make a couple mistakes. While they might have a “do-it-yourself” spirit, they might not have the knowledge or expertise to do the job right. Hence, they end up calling Big Foot Tree Service to come trim their trees “the professional way.” Fair enough. So… Continue Reading

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

As autumn approaches, you know what that means: temperatures will get colder and leaves will fall off trees. As we move into the winter months, autumn is a good time to pay attention to the trees in your yard and on your property. What are some ways to prep your beloved trees for colder weather… Continue Reading