Few living things can naturally withstand the things that harm them. However, trees have evolved over millions of years to combat disease, fires, and other challenges. In fact, trees have the natural ability to compartmentalize themselves to reduce the effects of what they are exposed to. While many trees can live for hundreds or even thousands of years, they do eventually die over time. That’s why the Eugene tree care professionals at Westcoast Tree Care would like to look at some of the most common causes of tree failure in today’s blog post.
The health and longevity of a tree depend on the environment around it. For example, a tree can die if it grows in a dry climate susceptible to drought conditions due to a lack of water. Other environmental stressors that can lead to tree failure include poor drainage, salty soil, air and ground pollution, and more. That’s why it’s important to understand the species of a tree before you plant it to make sure it can tolerate the conditions of its environment. While trees are known to adapt, you’ll want to thrive in the early stages of their growth.
Disease & Infestation
Disease and infestation can do major damage to trees. Insects and disease pathogens can quickly invade a tree through its leaves, roots, and bark, causing damage to its vascular system. Even worse, damaging insects can spread very quickly to neighboring trees. Whether it’s cavities or defoliation, insects can cause incredible damage. That’s why it’s important to be aware of common invaders like pine beetles, gypsy moths, and emerald ash borers.
In many situations, a tree can become damaged to the point where it doesn’t have the vitality to come back strong. This makes it susceptible to insects and disease. In the Eugene, Oregon climate, trees are forced to adapt to extreme weather changes. Heavy snow and ice during the winter can increase limb weight, causing breakage. On the other hand, Flooding can reduce root oxygen levels to the point of tree damage. Even worse, drought can zap the life out of trees that require adequate water to survive.
Some trees are capable of living for thousands of years. Eventually, however, they will die like all living things. Trees like this compartmentalize damage and disease to continue growing. Over time, though, it will become unable to support itself. When this happens, a tree will slowly collapse under its own weight, becoming nutrients for future trees and plants.
New homes and buildings are often constructed around existing trees to take advantage of the many benefits they provide. Unfortunately, however, the construction process can prove harmful and even fatal to nearby trees. That’s why proper planning and care are important when it comes to preserving the health and structural integrity of trees located on construction sites. A certified arborist can work with you to ensure the trees on your property are effectively protected throughout each phase of the construction process.
Eugene Tree Care
Don’t let a dead or dying tree take away from the beauty of your home or put your family in danger. At Westcoast Tree Care, we encounter trees that are dead, damaged, or diseased. Often the only solution is to have them removed, and we can work around potential hazards like power lines and neighboring structures. Contact us today by filling out our online form or give our ISA-certified arborists a call at 1.800.767.8733 for a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our Eugene tree care services.