Are There Cracks or Holes in Your Tree Bark? Here’s What That Means

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With hurricane season getting into full swing, it’s the right time to check out your property and make sure that everything is in good shape to make it through the fall. One of the most important things you can do is to take a look at your tree in order to make sure they aren’t exhibiting signs of decay. If you’ve inspected your property, only to find that there are significant cracks or holes in your tree bark, what does that mean? Today, we’re going over what is and is not normal to see on your property’s trees – and, more importantly, what to do if you see signs of decay. Let’s get started.

Know Your Tree Bark

Trees have their own way of communicating that something may be wrong; it’s up to us to decipher these signs and act as needed. Some things may look a little suspicious on your trees but are, in fact, totally normal. This includes:

  • Small chips or irregularities in tree bark
  • A small amount of broken branches or fallen leaves
  • Plenty of bugs and birds on or near your tree.

Though irregular bark is a perfectly normal feature for the majority of trees, it’s not normal to see deep gashes or large holes in your tree bark. Any large, deep cracks or massive holes in your tree bark are major red flags because they’re signs of decay. Keeping a dying or decaying tree in your yard is dangerous for a variety of reasons (more on that in a minute), so it’s crucial to take action right away if you notice deep cracks or holes in your tree bark.

Other Red Flags

Cracks and large holes aren’t the only signs of tree decay to which you should pay attention. Other red flags also call for immediate action. This includes the sudden absence of birds and bugs on or near your tree, mushroom growth around your roots, or any gray and peeling tree bark. One or more of these symptoms is practically a surefire sign of tree decay.

What You Should Do About Tree Decay

If you notice one of the telltale signs of tree decay on your property, the best thing you can do is call in a professional to confirm your suspicions – then, it’ll be necessary to schedule a tree removal. This is particularly important in the fall: a dead or dying tree cannot withstand hurricane-level winds. If a hurricane hits, it’s likely that a decaying tree will collapse, potentially causing major damage to your property. Dead or dying trees can also impact the overall health of other trees and plants on your property if they aren’t removed; things like decay and fungal growth can spread if left unchecked.

We know that no one wants to deal with a tree removal, but it is by far the best option if you notice a dead or decaying tree on your property. Work with a trusted professional to make sure that everything gets resolved as quickly and easily as possible.

If you’ve noticed cracks or holes in your tree bark, it’s time to call in a professional – it’s likely that you may be in need of a tree removal, and the best thing you can do for your property’s safety is get it taken care of as quickly as possible. To learn more about tree removal services and to get a free quote on yours, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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