We all get stressed… that’s why ice cream is an $11 billion industry. When life stresses us out, we turn to comfort foods and the company of good friends.

But did you realize that trees suffer stress? And in Redding, California, and throughout Shasta County, our local trees have to cope with the additional stresses of 100+ degree days in the summer and driving rain and wind in the winter. Therefore, it’s essential to know how to identify stressed trees, understand the root causes, and know when to call a professional for help.

Identifying stressed trees

You may notice that the trees around your home and property don’t seem to be thriving. In fact, they look more like they are just surviving. Signs of a stressed tree include small, wilted, or discolored leaves that drop early in the season, leaf scorch, fungus or mushrooms setting up shop on the tree, leaning, or cracks in the trunk.

The main causes of tree stress include:

Environmental factors—Flooding, droughts, lightning strikes, hail damage, excessive sunlight in the summer, or frost cracks on the bark in winter.
Improper planting—Homeowners often make the mistake of not digging deep enough or wide enough when planting a new tree. The result is that the root system will not be able to develop properly. Always follow this rule: Dig the hole at least 3 times wider than the width of the root ball.
Improper care—Too much mulch, over-fertilizing, compacted soil from foot or vehicle traffic, road salt, or accidentally wounding the tree with lawn tools.

Why hire a professional arborist for stressed trees

It’s always a good idea to inspect your trees each spring and look for signs of stress, pests, or disease. And consulting with a professional arborist is a wise investment in the health of your trees. A certified arborist can properly diagnose any issues. And offer recommendations on how to care for a stressed tree and get it on the road to recovery.

An arborist has the tools and experience needed to trim and prune a tree with weak or damaged limbs. Although light trimming can be done by a homeowner, hiring a professional removes the guesswork and danger of trying to handle it yourself.

Trees get stressed just like we do. And unfortunately, ice cream won’t help in this case. But reaching out to a tree service professional for a consultation is one of the best gifts you can give to a tree.

Discover why A-1 Tree & Stump Removal are Redding, CA’s premier tree trimming arborists! Let our team of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals answer your questions about stressed trees and schedule a free consultation. Give us a call today at 530-221-9427. We look forward to working with you.