4 Signs Of Root Damage In Trees

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When it comes to root damage, the earlier you begin treatment, the more likely you’ll be able to save the tree. In general, a healthy tree can suffer up to 40% of root loss and still recover. Unfortunately, the signs of root loss may not be apparent, especially if you don’t know the signs. If you notice any of the following signs of tree root damage, it’s best to have a trained Gainesville, FL, arborist conduct a tree care assessment to determine any issues and the best course for correction.

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4 Signs Of Root Damage In Trees - Tree Roots


It’s normal for a tree to lose its leaves as the seasons change, but if you notice that leaves are falling or wilting when they should be in full bloom, the issue may be with the root system. That’s because the roots supply the rest of the tree with water and nutrients. If the roots are dead or damaged, the leaves will not be receiving the necessary sustenance. This will result in leaf wilting and leaf loss.

Leaf Scorch

Leaf scorch appears as brown or yellowing around the edges of the leaves, and can be caused by a fungus, bacteria, virus, high temperatures, or low water levels. If you don’t see other visible signs of fungus, and you know the tree isn’t receiving enough water, the lack of hydration may be caused by root loss. If you notice leaf discoloration, it’s important to have a professional assessment as soon as possible so you can quickly treat the cause of the issue.

Thinning Foliage

When it comes to your tree’s health, its leaves can tell you a lot. If the issue is so advanced the foliage is beginning to thin, your tree may be dying. This kind of damage can be caused by an infestation, fungus, bacteria, virus, storm damage, lack of nutrients and water, or other poor environmental conditions. Tree cabling can help offset the damage, but if the tree is beyond saving, you may require tree removal.

One-Sided Damage

Root damage doesn’t necessarily manifest symptoms throughout the tree foliage equally. Leaf damage can appear on just one side of the tree or in one localized area, so it’s essential to give the tree a full 360° inspection to determine if there are any issues.