Pruning and trimming your tree might not be included in one of your chores. However, it’s appropriate that you stay on top of your tree’s health maintenance. Your tree might appear fine from a distance. However, there can be indications of decay or damage up close. Things such as root rot might be hiding beneath the surface and you want to ensure you resolve it before it turns into a major problem.  

It’s crucial that you hire a professional arborist that offers tree services if you’re worried about your tree’s health. You can have peace of mind if you know how to spot decay or damage in your tree.  

Twigs and Branches 

  • Breaking open a twig to see the interior color is a very simple way to identify the health of your tree. You need to see a bright green color when you open the twig. The branch you took the twig from is dead if you see anything black or brown.  
  • Be wary of dead branches. To see if your branches are dead, look at the bark and trunk indicators below. 
  • Be wary of sparse leaves on the branches during the blooming season. It’s an obvious sign that something is wrong with your tree.  


  • If you notice minor branches sprouting from the tree trunk’s base, it’s an indication that your roots are not healthy. It shows that your tree is experiencing a lot of stress. What can the tree stress be from? Well, human activities like applying too little or too much water, poor care, or improper planting might cause damage to your tree. This is according to professionals.  
  • If your tree is sick, it’s clearly hard to check the roots of your tree. However, there’s a high possibility that the roots were affected by the construction if you recently had construction projects near the tree. If this is the case, do not hesitate to hire a professional tree care company for help. 

Bark and Trunk 

  • Examine for fungal growth on the tree. Your tree might be experiencing rot from the inside if you notice huge clusters of fungal growth on the tree. 
  • Typically, the exterior layer of the bark falls off and is replaced with a new one if trees age. Unfortunately, a tree won’t be able to do this if it is sick. Thus, it can’t replace the old bark anymore.  
  • It can be an indication that your tree is rotting or dying if the bark shows indications of damage.  

What to Do If the Tree Is Sick? 

Pruning does not always fix the issue if your tree is sick. You might have to get rid of your tree, especially if it’s too late to save it. Keep in mind that tree removal is a dangerous process. That’s why it isn’t recommended to DIY. The best thing you can do is to hire a professional tree service company to remove the tree for you. If you don’t get rid of the sick tree, chances are it might affect other plants in the area.