Dealing With A Poisoned Tree

There are several factors that could impact tree health in a negative way: tree diseases, pest infestation, storm damage, forest fire, untreated tree wounds, improper tree pruning, and so forth.

When tree damage that stemmed from any of these factors occur, it’s mostly understandable and during most times, avoidable. Unless of course, it was a force of nature that has caused the damage such as forest fires and storms.

However, when a tree you have taken care of for many years – a tree you always keep your eye on – suddenly had a decline in health and showed signs of weakening out of nowhere, it can be hard to determine what has caused the problem and could be difficult to prevent this problem from happening again in the future. Sometime the best idea is to look for a quality arborist to come and have a look.

If you are sure that your tree isn’t being destroyed by a serious tree disease or being damaged by annoying pests, it is possible that your tree has been poisoned.

Tree poisoning is when an extremely toxic chemical, such as herbicide, is injected from put inside a healthy tree – leading to the tree’s sudden deterioration that could quickly lead to its death.

Whether the tree poisoning was done deliberately or accidentally, finding out that your tree has been poisoned is never a good news to anybody who takes great care of their plants.

If detected early, some trees may still be saved and treated from tree poisoning; but if the poison has spread to all the parts of the tree, unfortunately, there’s a great chance that the tree will die. To make matters worse, sometimes, when a tree gets poisoned, other plants or trees around it could be poisoned, too. If the tree cannot be saved, sadly, it needs to be removed to save other trees.

Early detection and acting fast is the key to saving your tree from poison. Here are the signs of tree poisoning to watch out for:

  1. Unexpected and major leaf drop
  2. Leaves suddenly wilting or turning yellow or black
  3. Dark injuries or wounds inflicted on the tree trunk or branches

If you suspect that your tree has been poisoned, call an arborist right away for possible treatment.  

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