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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Tree Problems
|Homeowners are frequently problemed by the fact that ......"The leaves on my trees are turning brown" or "Some of the branches are dying" or "My whole tree is beginning to look sickly."|
Unless a specialist in the pest identification laboratory can see specimens of the dead or diseased plant, it is usually impossible to even guess what is wrong. Even then, it may be difficult to determine the cause of the problem after examining the dead leaves, twigs, branches, or roots that are enclosed with homeowner inquiries.
If leaves have spots caused by fungi, bacteria or viruses, the trouble can be identified and recommendations given. But, often the leaves are dead or dying merely from lack of water due to a disease or disturbance elsewhere in the tree. These leaves give little or no clue to the direct cause of death. Often the fungi present on specimens are not the direct cause and start to grow after the twig or branch dies.
In many cases the answer to a tree problem can be determined only after a careful inspection of the tree and its surroundings. Here are some clues that may help in solving a tree problem.