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How To Spot Signs of Tree Decay Before it’s Too Late

February 28, 2023

Tree decay can be dangerous, and if left unchecked, it can lead to large branches toppling or trees falling over entirely. That’s why the certified arborists of Apex Tree Experts are here to help homeowners in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Gig Harbor spot signs of tree decay before it’s too late.

Our team is specially trained in tree removal and tree cutting services and will be able to help diagnose, treat, and remove decaying trees. We’ll work with you to ensure that your yard is safe and sound by providing quality tree services. Learn more and contact us to get started!

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Decay Fungi

Fungi means decay, and if you spot mushrooms or other fungi growing near the base of your tree, that’s a sure sign of decay. Mushrooms may also appear on decaying wood, as this is where fungi thrive.

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Cracks in Bark

Large cracks or splits in bark are indicative of tree decay. While normal shedding can occur in certain tree species, large deep cracks and splits are warning signs that the tree is affected by decay.

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Dead or Drooping Branches

If large branches at the top of your tree have begun to die off or droop, this could be a sign of internal decay. The drooping may be caused by fungus decomposing the tree’s vascular system, meaning that water and nutrients can no longer be properly distributed through the tree.

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Presence of Sawdust

If you notice sawdust-like material near the base or trunk of your tree, this could suggest decay within the tree. This type of debris is a sign that insects such as termites or carpenter ants are tunneling through the tree to feed on the dead wood inside.

Request Tree Services From Our Experts!

If your tree is decaying, it’s important to get that tree removed before it causes any damage to your property. Don’t hesitate to contact Apex Tree Experts in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Gig Harbor for expert tree services!

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