5 signs your Conifer Tree needs surgery

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Conifer trees, with their majestic beauty and year-round greenery, are an eye-catching addition to any landscape. These towering evergreens provide shade, privacy, and a touch of natural elegance to our outdoor spaces.

However, like any living organism, conifer trees can experience health issues that require attention and care. Recognising the signs that indicate your conifer tree needs tree surgery is crucial in preserving its vitality – or knowing when to fell it.

From identifying diseased branches to detecting signs of structural instability, this blog will provide expert tips to help you maintain the health and beauty of your conifer trees.

1 – Bark Damage or Cracks

Inspect the bark of your conifer tree for any significant damage or cracks. Bark serves as a protective layer, and when it’s compromised, it can leave the tree susceptible to infections and diseases.

Severe bark damage caused by weather conditions, animal activity, or physical injury may require tree surgery to address the issue, promote healing, and prevent further harm.

What to do if I find this?

Consult us for a free professional tree evaluation. We’ll assess the damage and if it’s extensive or affects a significant portion of the tree, pruning or removal of the affected branches or sections may be necessary. This will prevent further damage and potential disease spread.

2 – Fungal Infection

Presence of fungal growth on your conifer tree can be a cause for concern. Fungi like mushrooms or brackets growing on the trunk or branches can indicate internal decay.

Tree surgery may involve treating the infestation or removing heavily infested parts to prevent the spread and restore the tree’s health.

What to do if I find this?

Consult us for a free professional tree evaluation. We’ll assess the severity of the infection, identify the specific fungus involved, and recommend the appropriate course of action.

3 – Declining Foliage or Discoloration

If you notice a gradual decline in the foliage of your conifer tree, such as thinning canopy or browning needles, it could be a sign of stress or disease.

Conifers are known for their evergreen foliage, so any discoloration or abnormal needle loss should be investigated.

What to do if I find this?

Ensure your conifer tree is receiving the right amount of water. Overwatering or underwatering can stress the tree and lead to foliage decline. Deep, infrequent watering is generally beneficial for conifers.

If the problem persists, consult us for a free professional tree evaluation.

4 – Dead or Dying Branches

If you notice dead or dying branches on your conifer tree, it’s a clear indication that something is amiss.

Dead branches not only detract from the tree’s appearance but can also pose a safety risk if they fall.

What to do if I find this?

If you’re confident enough – make clean cuts just outside the branch collar (the swollen area where the branch meets the trunk or larger branch). Remove the entire branch back to the nearest healthy branch junction or the trunk.

If your conifer tree has a significant number of dead or dying branches or shows signs of decline beyond what you can manage yourself, contact us for a free professional tree evaluation.

We can assess the overall health of the tree, identify any underlying issues, and provide appropriate recommendations for further care or treatment

5 – Unusual Growth Patterns

Pay attention to any abnormal growth patterns on your conifer tree. This can include excessive leaning, uneven canopy development, or sudden changes in branch angles.

These irregularities may indicate structural issues, such as weak or poorly attached branches, which can make the tree vulnerable to wind or storm damage.

What to do if I find this?

Consult us for a free professional tree evaluation. We’ll assess the severity of the growth pattern, as it may require structural reinforcement. We don’t recommend trying to fix this problem yourself.

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