Common Houston Tree Problems

Dead trees. Because dead trees do not sprout leaves, they are easily identified in the spring or summer. A dead tree should be removed promptly, especially if it is in an area where it could create damage or injure someone if it fell. In fact, dead tree removal is the most common tree service job.

Fungus or mushrooms. Fungus or mushrooms growing on the tree or around the base of the tree are a sign of decaying or rotting wood and/or roots. When a tree’s roots decay or rot, the tree is dying. As the roots weaken, the tree loses support and is more likely to fall or to break. If the problem is identified early enough, a professional tree service may be able to save the tree.

Dead branches. Dead branches present a risk of falling, are unsightly, permit decay to enter the tree, and serve no useful purpose to the tree.

Raised earth around the tree base. Raised or broken earth around the tree base may be a sign that the tree is starting to uproot and may fall, especially in a strong storm.

Leaning trees. Sometimes trees will naturally start to lean. The more a tree leans, the more likely it is to fall in a storm.

Missing bark. Because bark is the living portion of the tree, large areas of missing bark indicate a sick tree. Additionally, exposed wood leads to insect infestation.

Beetles. Beetles, sometimes called borers, are small insects that attack and often kill trees. They tunnel into the bark to lay their eggs and deposit fungus, which later feeds their young. The tunnels and the fungus disrupt sap flow and ultimately kill the tree. By the time most attacks are discovered, the infested tree is doomed. However, quick action may save the surrounding trees from infestation.