Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem, and they provide many benefits to humans and the environment. Trees are amazing and can withstand even the harshest conditions. However, trees are susceptible to several factors that can cause them to decline and eventually die. Trees typically live a long time, but just like any other living thing, they will die. So, what factors cause them to die?
The condition of the ground soil and weather are two of the biggest environmental factors that can ultimately cause a tree to die. For trees to survive, water, soil, light, and oxygen are essential. If the tree isn’t getting these necessities from below ground in the soil or the environment above, then this will cause the tree to eventually die. Droughts deprive the tree of enough water, and poorly draining soils prevent the proper nutrients from reaching the roots. The extreme sun or harsh cold weather can cause stress to the tree, eventually leading to death. Then it’ll only be a matter of time before you notice signs such as leaves turning brown or dropping off altogether.
The most common tree diseases are Dutch elm, chestnut blight, oak wilt, and anthracnose. They cause pathogens to attack the tree’s leaves, roots, and bark, eventually damaging its vascular system and resulting in death. Oftentimes disease can cause sheer destruction by spreading to surrounding trees, resulting in patches or even forests of trees dying.
The damage that insects can cause to a tree is devastating. These little creatures like pine beetles, gypsy moths, and emerald ash borers can cause significant damage to trees and usually like to infest a tree that is already declining from disease or environmental factors. Depending on what they like to feast on, they eat away at the bark or leaves and bore into the tree for nesting. If the infestation is severe enough it will lead to a tree’s death.
Forest fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes all cause significant damage to areas in the United States. Trees are often stressed after these events which can lead them on a path toward death whether from root or branch damage caused by floods or high winds breaking limbs off weakened trees.
Like other living things, trees can die naturally from old age. This is a process that happens in stages over the course of years. Trees are capable, like all living organisms, to compartmentalize when they are damaged. If they have a limb that is damaged it will stop providing nutrients to that part of the tree. The rest of the tree can continue living, but it will begin the slow process of dying. Over time as the tree is dying from a lack of hydration and food from its foliage, the tree won’t be able to support itself and will die.
Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem, and their proper care is essential to maintaining a healthy environment. Though trees may seem strong and immovable, they are quite fragile and can die for many reasons. Learning about the common causes of tree death can help you take steps to prevent it from happening to the trees on your property. If you think your tree may be dying, or if you need tree removal services, contact Marquis Tree Service today. Our team of experts will be happy to assess the situation and provide you with the best course of action to help you clear your property safely and efficiently. We also offer tree pruning services to help keep your trees healthy. Call Marquis Tree Service at (781)-860-9618.