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Tree Root Rot

Tree Root RotOne of the most common causes of a tree toppling over without warning is tree root rot. Once the underlying roots of a tree have rotted away all it takes is a semi-strong wind or even a mild storm to knock down the tree.

Falling trees can cause damage to your house, cars or any property you have around the tree—not to mention putting your family at risk. So how do you know if your trees roots are rotting? The tree may show visible signs of dying or it make just not look as full and beautiful as it did last year.

Root rot usually starts during the late spring, summer or early fall when the temperatures are warm. You may be able to see light brown strands on the root surface. Or, if it’s damp outside, you can see a white or tan-colored substance on the base of the tree.

Root rot can be caused by prolonged exposure to wet conditions that can cause some of the roots to die back due to a lack of oxygen. As trees die, they decay and rot away. The rot can also spread to healthier roots killing them too, even if the soil conditions are corrected.

Root rot can also be caused by a fungus in the soil. The fungus can lie dormant in the soil for years and then may suddenly come to life when a plant is overwatered once or twice. The root rot fungus attacks the roots and causes them to die and rot away.

It’s very important not to ignore the signs of a dying tree in your yard. Evergreen Arborists can come out upon request to provide an expert opinion on whether your tree can be saved or whether removal is in the best interest for safety reasons. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.