Everybody loves the changing leaf colors that fall brings, with leaves changing from green to shades of red, orange and yellow, before falling off the trees during winter. However, if you see leaves that have began to change color or yellow during the summer months, this is a sure sign of a health problem with your tree.
Leaves on your tree should never change color during the summer. If you have noticed a change in your tree's leaf color during summer months, below are a few reasons this could be happening.
Tree or Root Trauma
If you tree has just undergone some sort of trauma, this can often lead to leaf yellowing. Some instances of this may be if a tree has been improperly trimmed, or too many branches have been removed during a trimming, this can often send the tree into shock, causing leaf yellowing.
Another cause of trauma can occur at the root level. Often times, excavation projects can damage root systems of large trees, leading to shock and a change in leaf color to indicate the tree has undergone trauma.
Often times the traumatic events do not kill the tree, but the yellowing leaves are a sign that the tree is under some kind of stress and it could heal itself over time.
Under-watering your tree
Most people don't realize that even large mature trees do require watering. Often times people think the water their yard gets from their sprinklers will suffice for their trees as well, but the truth is that your grass soaks up most of this water before it even has then chance to reach the root system of your tree. Large mature trees on average require up to 5 gallons of water a week. A good way to make sure your trees are being properly watered, especially during the long summer droughts we experience here in Arlington and North Texas, is using a 5 gallon bucket to water all around your tree's base once a week.
If your tree is not getting enough water, it will often show this stress by a yellowing of it's leaves. Make sure you check the soil around your tree and try to drive a steak through the ground. If the ground is hard and you can't get the steak through it easily, then that's a good sign your tree isn't getting enough water.
Over-watering your tree
Like any other plant, your trees can also become over-watered. If your tree has become over-watered during a period of flooding or this can usually happen in a yard with poor drainage, where water and rain run-off may collect around an area near your tree, your tree will usually tell you it's being over-watered by changing leaf color.
Any time your trees begin to change their leaf color or lose leaves during the summer, this is a problem and it should be looked at immediately for the health of the tree.
There are many reasons you may want a tree removed, but it's not always an easy decision. Trees can be a big part of your yard's landscaping and can really add a special feeling to your home's surroundings. However, sometimes things come up that require you to remove a beloved tree. Below, we've outlined a few reasons you may want to go ahead and say goodbye to your big beloved giant.
The question we get quite often is if a tree should be removed due to it's declining health. This is not always an easy question. There are lots of factors when it comes to sick trees. It can depend on what exactly is wrong with the tree and if it's worth it to you to attempt to save the tree through various treatments to bring it back to health before deciding to just remove it.
Often, a tree may appear to be sick but may just be under some stress, such as limited growing room, damaged roots, lack of water, bug infestation, etc. All of these are things that can be reversed and the tree can be saved, so make sure you are consulting with a tree care professional before deciding to remove a tree just because you think it looks like it may be diseased or dying, because this is often not the case.
Another reason our Arlington customers usually want a tree removed is in instances of new construction. Usually things like, new garages, sheds, pools, jungle gyms, etc. take up a lot of room in a yard and cause a homeowner to have to make that tough decision to remove a tree. This is obviously a personal decision that you and your family can discuss and weigh the costs with the benefits of removing the tree.
If a tree is ever severely damaged from a storm or you have noticed it start to lean to one side, then these are instances that would require an immediate or possibly even emergency tree removal. A leaning or severely damaged tree can be a hazard to you, your family and your home and other property. Trees can be very unstable once they begin to lean and the slightest bit of wind can send it toppling over. These are definitely instances in which you would want to have the tree removed immediately.
There are obviously lots of factors to take into account when deciding whether or not to remove a tree from your yard, but just keep all of these things in mind and make sure to consult with professional tree service before making a permanent decision. We would be happy to talk to you to discuss these kinds of decisions. Feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.
Unfortunately, most trees do not live forever. Trees do die eventually. Some die sooner than others and they can die for a variety of reasons.
If you suspect that a tree on your property may be dead or dying, it is important to make sure you take the proper steps to assess the tree's health so that you can make the right choice about how to take care of it. A dead tree is a severe hazard on your property for a number of reasons, most importantly because it can become structurally compromised and become a falling hazard at any time. We have seen far too many Arlington, TX customers who let a dead tree exist in their yard without removing it, until a storm blows through and that tree falls onto their home, a fence, or even worse, their neighbor's home.
There are several ways you can tell if your tree is dead or dying. First, take a look at your tree for any of these signs:
All of these can be initial warning signs that your tree is either dead or dying. Aside from just doing this visual test to spot a tree that could be in the process of dying, these are a couple more tests you can do to see how far gone your tree may already be.
The first one is called the twig test. Go up to your tree and snap off a twig from one of the branches and ask your self some these questions:
Did the twig snap off clean and easily or did it bow and was it hard to tear away from the branch?
Is the inside of the twig dry and brown or moist and green?
A healthy tree should not be easy to snap twigs off of and they should be moist and green inside. If the twig you snapped off the tree is brittle, dry and brown, then that indicates that at least that branch may be dead. However, just because a single branch may be dead doesn't mean the whole tree is dead. Make sure you test multiple twigs from different parts of the tree.
Obviously, once your tree is long gone, it will simply stop sprouting buds on it's branches in the spring and summer months. This the the number one tell-tale sign that your tree has reached the end of it's life.
If you find that you have a dead tree on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Tree removal can be very dangerous and should always be done by a trained professional. If you determine that a dead tree needs to be removed, please feel free to call us and one of tree care professionals will help you determine a plan of action to get the dead tree removed.
We get this question all the time from our customers. Everybody wants to know, when is the best time to get your trees trimming done on your trees?
We all want big lush trees that look beautiful and majestic. One of the best ways to ensure the long term health of your trees and to give them the visual appeal that will make your yard stand out from the rest, is to have your trees properly trimmed.
The best time to have them trimmed is late fall to early spring. Ideally, you want to trim after the leaves already started to change color for the fall and before your tree blooms again after dormancy during the winter months. For our customers in the Arlington, TX area of North Texas, that sweet spot typically lands between the months of October through February.
The reason for this timing is because the trees are in dormancy during this period, so trimming or pruning during this time causes the least amount of stress on the tree and can set up the tree for a healthy growing season during the spring months.
Does this mean I shouldn't have my trees trimmed in the summer?
The answer to this question is, not necessarily. A tree only requires large-scale trimming about every 3-5 years. If your tree has never been trimmed before, you probably would want to do it during dormancy, because this will be a large-scale trimming project.
However, a lot of our customers have their tree trimmed yearly, simply to "manicure" them, mainly for visual appeal. If you are just getting your trees their yearly manicure, this is something that can be done any time of the year, including summer.
If you have any further questions about tree trimming or tree care in general, feel free to call us today and speak with one of our tree specialists at 817-402-2053.