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Signs That Your Tree May Be Dead: What to Look For

Trees are not only beautiful additions to our landscapes but also crucial contributors to our environment. However, like all living things, trees can become ill or die, which can pose safety risks and impact the aesthetics of your property. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common signs that your tree may be dead or dying and what steps you can take to address the situation.

  1. Bare Branches: One of the most obvious signs of a dead tree is bare branches that show no signs of budding or leaf growth, even during the spring months. If the branches of your tree remain bare while surrounding trees are flourishing, it may indicate that your tree is no longer alive.
  2. Lack of Bark: Healthy trees have smooth, intact bark covering their trunks and branches. If you notice large areas of missing bark or patches of dead, flaking bark on your tree, it could be a sign of disease or decay.
  3. Brittle Branches: Dead trees often have brittle branches that snap easily when subjected to minimal pressure. If you notice branches breaking off your tree without warning, it may be a sign that the tree is dead or dying.
  4. Fungal Growth: The presence of mushrooms or other fungal growth at the base of your tree or on its trunk can indicate internal decay and rot. Fungi thrive on dead and decaying organic matter, so their presence on your tree could be a sign of trouble.
  5. Leaning or Tilting: A tree that is leaning or tilting significantly may have weakened or dead roots, making it unstable and prone to falling. If you notice your tree leaning unnaturally, it’s essential to have it inspected by a professional arborist as soon as possible.

While these signs are indicative of a tree in distress, it’s important to remember that not all trees showing these symptoms are beyond saving. Prompt action, such as consulting with a certified arborist from River City Tree Service, can help determine the best course of action for your tree. Our team of experts can assess the health of your tree and recommend appropriate treatments or removal if necessary.

If you suspect that your tree may be dead or dying, don’t wait until it becomes a hazard. Contact River City Tree Service today at (314) 270-8071 for a professional assessment and expert tree care services.

Stay vigilant and keep your trees healthy and thriving for years to come. River City Tree Service: Your Trusted Partner in Tree Care.

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Patricia Rhodes
Patricia Rhodes
2023-12-20
Great guys who did a great job at a very reasonable price.
Becky Newman
Becky Newman
2023-12-11
Communicative and professional. We’ve used them twice and plan to next time we need tree work. They are thorough, quick and also clean up after themselves!
Lois Brady
Lois Brady
2023-12-09
This company was one of the best I’ve ever dealt with. Everyone was polite, professional and did a great job. Thanks!
Jeff N
Jeff N
2023-12-08
We have used River City Tree service 2 times, both times were great, no issues, they came in did the job and cleaned everything up, we will definitely use them again
Terry Ogles
Terry Ogles
2023-12-08
Very professional and personable. Did a great job and didn’t mind when I asked to take off a little more. Will have them again.
Rick Pearl
Rick Pearl
2023-11-16
I've used various tree services throughout the years with differing results. Well I will tell you, River City Tree Service is by far the best tree service. Steve was always available morning, afternoon, and evening to answer questions and explain the process. He always made the time for me. The support staff were very polite and responsive as well. The work they did was well done. I will use them again in the future.
Ted Sullivan
Ted Sullivan
2023-11-15
Steve and his crew did a great job of reasonably promising and overdelivering. This was a job of removing two very large trees at the top of a steep incline in my back yard with a retaining wall and new landscaping at risk of damage. He gave us a bid, an expected time of about 10 days to 2 weeks to get us on the schedule, and an expected time of 3 hours to get the job done after he and his crew arrived. His price was reasonable and he stuck to it, he was able to get us on his schedule about a week faster than he expected, and his crew was able to get the job done even faster than he expected they would. Steve is very professional, River City's prices are very reasonable, they cleaned up nicely after the job was complete and there was literally no confusion or complication whatsoever. We were very impressed and will keep Steve and River City Tree Service in our phones for future jobs and referrals to friends. Thank you Steve for making this so painless and so simple.
Sandy McDonald
Sandy McDonald
2023-11-10
I’ve done business with Brian at River City Tree for about 15 years. They team is respectful of your property and does an awesome job of cleaning up debris.
Mary Polak
Mary Polak
2023-11-04
We needed a very large branch removed from our neighbors tree that hung over our yard. I was kept informed about everything that was going to happen. We had power wires that needed to be 'dropped' so I was told we had to wait for Ameren. The entire job was completed and cleaned up in 2 hours before Ameren even arrived. The whole operation was a ballet of safe and efficient workers. The workers were very friendly and respectful of our property and our needs. I would recommend this company to anyone!
Greg Morris
Greg Morris
2023-10-15
Great job

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