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Eight signs of a sick tree

You love your trees. They provide shade, beauty and character to your home and yard. The last thing you want is to cut down a treasured tree that doesn't need to be removed. But a sick tree can be a danger to both your house and your family. Case in point: The Elyria man killed by a falling 60' tree during a walk in the park in May of 2010 in Cleveland Metro Parks. An arborist who examined the tree after the accident said its because the tree was dying but appeared healthy because of the flourishing leaves however the tree broke at the trunk.

If you suspect that one of your trees is sick or damaged, check to see if it displays any of the following indicators of a tree in trouble:

1. Mushroom-type fungi growing at the base of the tree
2. Sawdust along the trunk base or root zone
3. Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
4. Hollow or decayed areas
5. Wilted or discolored leaves
6. Insect damage
7. Dead branches
8. Man-made wounds

If you do have a sick tree and want it removed, call a reputable insured company like Certified Tree Experts offering custom removal services that match your needs and budget. If you love your sick tree and want to know if it can be saved, Certified Tree Experts can still help. We have the technology and expertise to determine if your tree can be nursed back to health, or if it has to go.

Even if the tree can be saved, it's important to prune dead, diseased or damaged branches promptly. Not only can diseased branches cause further problems with the tree, a large falling branch can cause considerable damage in its own right.