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.