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Old 08-18-2007, 05:25 AM
azaleaeight azaleaeight is offline
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Default How Does One Identify Diseased Trees?

I've got a house that has a whole lot of trees around. Some of them I'd like to leave. Some need to go. They all look fine to anyone who doesn't know trees, but not long ago one fell. After it fell, it was easy to see how unhealthy a tree it had been by looking at the exposed inside of the truck.

Now I've become paranoid about all those trees because I have no idea which ones may be in similar condition. Is there a way for the person who knows nothing about trees to identify high-risk trees and/or just unhealthy ones?
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:40 AM
kyleira kyleira is offline
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I think that is something worth looking into and getting more information on. I too have many trees that I think are diseased and do not know how to tell without hiring a professional and if I can save the money, I would much rather do that then pay for someone else to do it.

I will look up some information and bring it here to post once I have put it all together.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:45 AM
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Trees get sick too. The old ones are most susceptible to diseases, just like humans. The tree that fell might have been attacked by a fungus. Try to search for fungi, shelf or mushroom type, on the stems of the other trees. One definite way to tell if they are all well inside is to bore a hole into the trunks.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:41 AM
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Yes, trees get sick too, just like humans... And so they will also show that they are sick or about to die. Look at the leaves, grab one and see if they are spongy and juicy, if they are not then this might be a sign that your tree is sick. That also depends on the season but if you tree doesn't look so great I suggest you call a professional for more tips.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:55 PM
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We're quite lucky in that sense. We back onto an area where a canal used to be - although the canal is now completely filled in. We have many, many trees growing at the bottom and really add to the natural surroundings of our garden. We have a baby oak tree as well growing. Especially great because we also get a lot of wildlife in our garden.

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