When you buy a home, it is quite often accompanied by a tree that you inherit. The lifespan of a tree has been determined since the day that the tree was planted, and you don’t always have control over what happened on that day. This is why the death of a tree sometimes comes as a surprise to many homeowners – they estimated that it was a specific age but it actually was much older.

Or, you may have raised a tree from the time it was a sapling and now it has died and you are devastated. Our trees are an integral part of our lives, even if we don’t realize it. They have protected your home from wind, rain, snow, and the sun’s rays. They are in the background of all of your family pictures. They have always been there for you and now they are gone – so what should you do?

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4. Check for “Pesty” Problems

  • Pest Problems Can Easily Kill Your Tree
  • Pest Problems Don’t Go Away Once the Tree Dies
  • May Not Be a Problem You Can Fix Yourself

If you have trees, there is a chance that you have pests lurking around your yard at some point. Sometimes, the pests aren’t bad enough to really bring about any problems, but sometimes they can spread diseases or fungus as they march. Over the years, if an infestation is left untreated, you might start to notice that your tree doesn’t look great. The truth is that it has been dying this entire time, just slowly. They have been limping along without the proper nutrients and water becuase they have been going to the pests that live there. Sometimes, it is possible to bring trees back from this state, but other times it is harder to do.

However, once it happens to you, it is more likely that it won’t happen again.

According to Gardener’s Path, infestations can kill trees extremely quickly, so you don’t have to shoulder all of the blame. You do have to be aware of your trees and notice when something just doesn’t look right, however.

If your tree is dying, look to find evidence of the pests – you will probably see some. Even worse, the infestation can still thrive once the tree has been cut down, so you need to remove the stumps as well – and possibly treat the infestation.

3. Think Before Replanting The Trees

  • Be careful when getting new trees or greens
  • Make sure the dirt is prepared for a new tree
  • Consider new types of trees– or the same types in some cases

After a tree has died and has been taken out properly (meaning the stump has removed) the next thing to think about is how to fill the hole left behind – for safety and aesthetic reasons. Sometimes, people will choose just to fill it in with dirt and move on. Other times, hardscaping becomes an option.

Most often, however, people want to put another tree there.

According to the Royal Horticulture Society, “Some plants are not too fussy about their environment but others will suffer if given the wrong conditions. A plant in the wrong place can quickly fail.” This means that you have to make sure that your trees have healthy soil that they are going into when you do plant them – just because one tree thrived in the environment, that doesn’t mean that the next one will.

If you know exactly why your tree died or how it died, you will better be able to figure out what to do with that vacant space in your garden. If you don’t, moving forward can be difficult.

2. There Might Be Hope

  • Common complication during spring growth
  • If your tree is healthy, leave it be
  • Talk to a specialist if you have questions

One of the bright spots for people who think that their trees have perished might actually come if it has been raining more often than normal or if you have changed how you water your plants. You could simply have used too much water or the environment has become too wet for your trees.

While you cannot control mother nature, you can control your own watering:

According to Gardenerdy, “Sometimes, trees start dying due to root rot on account of over-watering. Water the tree only when the soil around it appears to be dry and fragmented.” By changing this, you might give your tree a fighting chance to come back from the edge of death.

If your tree looks generally healthy, wait a few months to see if it comes back. You will have to monitor it frequently just to keep everyone safe, but this is very effective in many cases.

1. Call a Tree Care Professional

  • There is an opportunity to save your trees
  • Only contractors can manage some removals
  • Will make suggestions for other trees in your yard if the underlying cause could kill them as well

According to the Tree Care Industry Association, no matter when your tree dies, you want to have some professional support. Just like if this were a person, you want to know if the death was preventable and if the other trees and greenery in your yard are at risk.

No matter what you do or what you find, the tree needs to come down before it becomes dangerous for everyone (and everything) around it. Don’t try to take high-reaching trees (or any trees at all) down by yourself as it can be extremely unsafe and you will probably hurt yourself, another structure in your yard, or even your other trees.

If you happen to be looking for a tree care professional in South Jersey, give Bumblebee Tree Service a call today at (609) 297-1721. We will help you to better understand your trees and have all of the appropriate equipment to take care of any problems that pop up, including removal after a tree has died.

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