It may difficult to remember from time to time, but trees are living creatures just like the rest of us. And like all living things, tree sometimes get sick. While many of them live long, healthy lives, certain conditions like adverse weather, environmental stressors, insects, disease, and other factors can cause a tree to become unhealthy. And once a tree becomes sick, it can die unless action is taken to save it.

Who can take that action? You! We’d like to help here at Big Timber Tree Service, LLC. So, get out your stethoscope – here are the steps you can take to try to revive a sick (and possibly dying) tree:

1. Identify the problem – To determine the best way to go about saving your tree, you’ll first need to identify the problem. If you don’t exactly consider yourself a “tree expert,” it’s a good idea to consult an arborist. They have the training and knowledge that’s required to diagnose and treat tree problems. As soon as you notice that one of your trees is looking unhealthy, contact an arborist to find out what’s wrong.

2. Correct any watering issues – In New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas, a common cause of unhealthy trees is when they receive either too much or little moisture. What you can do to solve this is to make sure the area where the tree is planted has good drainage. If you notice the area is getting waterlogged, provide a way to allow better drainage. With younger trees, under-watering can also be detrimental to their health. You can counter this by setting up an automated watering system.

3. Use proper pruning and trimming techniques – Sometimes a certain area of a tree becomes infected, which can spread to the rest of it if not taken care of. If you notice one or some of the branches are dead, the best thing you can do is have your tree pruned or trimmed. Getting your tree(s) trimmed is critical both its health and overall appearance.

If worse comes to worst, you’ll need to get your tree removed. Fortunately, we can do that for a reasonable price here at Big Timber Tree Service, LLC. Find out more about how to keep your trees healthy by giving us a call at 856-288-1793.

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