What Does an arborist Colorado Springs do?
An arborist Colorado Springs, also known as a tree surgeon, is someone that cultivates, manages and studies trees. As residential contractors this means that an arborist will help cut down, prune and diagnose the trees in your yard. They will also work with businesses, and municipal councils to perform work on public land and parks.
Arborists have to be comfortable with climbing trees and working at height. As you can imagine, this kind of job necessitates all sorts of regulations, licenses and insurance!
In real terms, an arborist Colorado Springs can help you with:
- Identifying what’s wrong with a tree that seems to be dying. Because there are so many conditions that a tree could have, this is more difficult than it sounds.
- Fixing what’s wrong if that’s possible. Different conditions require different treatments. Some necessitate complete removal, others can be pruned away, and others are nothing to worry about.
- Trimming trees, both for health and safety, and for aesthetic purposes. This can be dangerous if not done right.
- Removing trees, again either to make your yard look better, or for safety e.g. after falling in storms. Doing so without proper precautions could cause damage to your house and other property.
- Removing leftover stumps with stump grinding.
Cutting down and removing an entire tree is much harder work than just trimming it, or treating whatever’s wrong with your tree. So how can an arborist tell what’s wrong when a tree is sick?
Sick Tree Diagnostics—How to Tell If a Tree is Sick
There are several key signs that a tree might be sick or dying. Not all of them will necessarily apply, but keep an eye out for them!
1) Fluid Seeping from Under Bark
There are multiple reasons why your tree might be seeping fluid. The first is that it’s simply pure sap. This is nothing to worry about—it means that the tree suffered a small amount of physical damage. This isn’t anything to worry about.
However, the problem might be slime flux. This is a bacterial infection of a ‘wound’ that the tree has. The bacteria actually infects the sap that would otherwise be so helpful. Like all bacterial infections, it produces a sour and sweet odor.
Fluid will drip down from the wound in the bark, and in severe cases, will pool at the bottom of the tree. This fluid may eat away at the bark and cause more damage. It can be treated either with removing the branch if possible, or killing the bacteria.
2) Fungal Damage
There are several fungi that affect trees. One of the most common is Fomes fomentarius, also known as tinder fungus. It causes large growths that are described as looking either like hooves, or like big sea shells. Again, these attack damaged bark.
The issue is that it’ll continue to grow, and grow, and grow unless you do something about it. This is the case with all fungus.
It can also be a sign that something else is wrong. Fungus grows especially in areas of damaged bark, which is how it gets underneath and peels the bark away. There might therefore be other problems that need addressing.
3) Discoloration of Flowers and Shoots
Fire blight, also known as written fireblight, is a contagious disease caused by bacteria (not fungus). It affects apples, pears, and other members of the family Rosaceae. It can kill an entire orchard of fruit trees very quickly.
All the symptoms occur above ground. They include:
- A dull, gray-green appearance in the blossoms. They eventually shrivel and turn black, as if scorched.
- Opaque white or amber droplets oozing from infected tissue, especially when humidity is high.
- New leaves turn black along the vein, wilt, and die.
This condition spreads fast, both in the individual tree and among trees.
4) Bark Peeling Away
Bark is like skin. It protects the tree’s core, providing a protective barrier against pests, fungi and physical damage. Any time that the bark starts to peel away in large chunks, there’s likely a deeper problem.
Some trees naturally peel their bark away in large chunks, including silver maple, birch, sycamore, redbug, shagbark hickory and scotch pine. But sometimes, this is an issue that’s aptly called peeling bark disease. This is caused by a fungal disease called Hypoxylon canker. This issue also causes yellowing and wilting leaves, as well as dying branches. There is no known cure as of yet, so an arborist will be needed to remove the branch or tree.
5) Yellow or Brown Leaves
Yellow or brown leaves can be a sign of many things. Normally it’s a sign of too little/too much of certain nutrients, e.g. nitrogen or potassium. It could also be a sign of root rot. But if the leaves aren’t a healthy green, that’s often a bad sign.
Bear in mind, though, that these aren’t the only signs of a sick tree. There are many, many more fungal infections that a tree could have. And aside from that, the tree could be getting too much/too little water, or too much/too little light. That’s especially the case if somebody planted the trees there and they didn’t grow naturally.
Why Pick Peak Tree Service as your arborist Colorado Springs?
Peak Tree Service has been working as an arborist Colorado Springs for 15 years. With their experience, they can identify exactly what’s wrong with your tree or trees. This could help save a tree that would otherwise get cut down. Or, they could identify a contagious problem, and remove the tree before it infects others nearby. If necessary, they offer everything from trimming to complete tree removal (and stump removal too).
They are even approved by the city forestry service to trim trees. They have all the insurance, experience and tools necessary to do the perfect job for you, too.
If you’re interested, Peak Tree Service offers free estimates and sensible pricing. So give them a call, or simply fill in the contact form on this site to get in touch.