|Written by Bill Hanks|
Do you have a tree in your yard that looks like it is dying? ¬†Are you considering having it cut down and removed? ¬†How do you know when it is time to action and should you? ¬†This article examines how to give failing trees a second look.
Many of us have had a tree that we become attached to. ¬†I had a large Blue Spruce that sat on mine and my neighbors yard boundary line. ¬†They wanted it to go, because it was looking bad. ¬†I wanted it to stay and give it a chance to get better. ¬†After heavy soul searching, we both decided to give it a second chance. ¬†Five years later the tree is still there and looking great.
Step One; ¬†Take photos of the tree from four different sides. ¬†Collect a branch and both healthy and healthy leaves.
Step Three; ¬†Make a small scrapbook about your tree and give it to the certified arborist. ¬†They will be able to seek the information that you need. ¬†They might even provide assistance with your tree.
Step Four; ¬†Get a second opinion. ¬†It never hurts to take your time and talk to several people about your trees health.
Step Five; ¬†Take immediate action. ¬†Don't put off caring for your tree. ¬†Once you determine the cause of your trees illness, begin caring for it.
Step Six; ¬†Give it time. ¬†If nothing can be determined, give your tree time to try and heal itself. ¬†One bad season doesn't mean a means to an end. ¬†If the tree is away from other structures, leave it alone. ¬†Sometimes, like my blue Spruce, it will come out of it by itself.
Taking down a tree can be costly in more ways than one. ¬†You are removing shade, comfort and a home for birds, animals and insects. ¬†It devalues your property and is expensive to do. ¬†Give your tree a second chance before taking it down.