Dieback Trees

Dieback Tree Disease

Are You Looking For Buds In All The Wrong Places?

Right now our deciduous trees in Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Cumming are starting to leaf out and one of easiest ways to get an indication of their vitality is to visually look for die back or decline in their foliage. This means to look for limbs or sections of a tree that don’t have leaves. Dieback is defined as a condition in which the ends of the branches are dying. These sections are generally located at the limb tips, but can also be entire limbs or sections of the tree where there are no leaves.

For example, when you look at your trees this spring and see that the buds are starting to leaf out with the warm weather, you may see an entire section or a large limb that is not leafing out like the rest of the tree. This is most likely an indication that something is not right with the whole tree. Another indication of stress can be large amounts of water sprouts or sucker growth on the interior of the tree. A water sprout or sucker growth can be described as small shoots growing directly from the trunk or larger limbs of the tree. Don’t be mistaken if you see leaves on the sucker growth, this is still an indication of overall tree stress.

If you find that your trees show some of these signs keep in mind that when they are stressed, they become much more susceptible to secondary offenses associated with insect infestation or disease that once sets in can kill trees. If you start to see smaller limbs and twigs falling down from the extremities of the tree, the tree is letting you know that it is stressed! If you start to see many larger limbs, starting at 3” to 4″ in diameter or even large sections falling from the tree, the tree is more than likely in an advanced stage of stress.

Having a Healthy Tree

When the bark of your once healthy tree becomes brittle, spongy, and even starts to fall off, it may be too late to save your tree. If you are concerned with any of the trees on your property, this is usually an indication that you have noticed something that is not right. The sooner you contact an arborist, one who is educated to assess your tree(s), the more cost effective it becomes for you. Talk about going green! Some of the situations that may cause your trees to not grow green this spring are as follows. Insect infestations, tree diseases, construction impact, and the accumulative drought are all factor.

Surprisingly, trees can feel the effects of construction impact and droughts indefinitely which in turn, makes them more susceptible to the tree diseases and insect infestation. Keep in mind that massive amounts of development have highly stressed and killed many of our trees. In fact, many times families purchase a specific lot in a development over another because the lot is wooded or at least has some trees, only to have these trees become severely stressed or die from the impacts associated with construction.

Facts About Trees

  • Trees continue to keep our air supply fresh by soaking up carbon dioxide and generating oxygen.
  • The volume of oxygen made by an acre of trees each year equals the amount consumed by 18 people yearly. One tree generates almost 260 pounds of oxygen each and every year.
  • One acre of trees eliminates up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
  • Shade trees will make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler during the summer.
  • Trees decrease air temperature by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The cottonwood tree seed is the seed which stays in flight the longest. The little seed is encompassed by ultra-light, white fluff hairs which will carry it in the air for a few days.
  • In a single year, an acre of trees can take in as much carbon as is created by a car driven approximately 8700 miles.
  • Trees supply shade and shelter, decreasing yearly heating and cooling expenses by 2.1 billion dollars.
  • Trees decrease air temperatures by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The typical tree in a city area survives just about 8 years!
  • A tree doesn’t get to its most fruitful stage of carbon storage for about ten years.
  • Trees decrease noise pollution by serving as sound barriers.
  • Tree roots strengthen the soil and stop erosion.
  • Trees enhance water quality by slowing and filtering rain water in addition to protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • Trees shield you from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail in addition to reducing storm run-off and the potential for flooding,
  • Trees supply food and shelter for animals.
  • Trees situated alongside roads behave as a glare and reflection control.
  • The death of one 70-year old tree would return over 3 tons of carbon to the atmosphere.