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How to Spot the Warning Signs: Dead, Dying or Hazardous Trees

Trees are nature’s gift to living beings as they offer not only aesthetic beauty but shade, habitat, food and protection to many animals and humans alike. It is a shame to see the trees suffer from weather damage and poor maintenance, but sometimes it is inevitable, and the only option is its removal. Like all living things, a tree also has a deadline, and when it has run its course, not much can be done to save it. Removing a tree isn’t easy and should be done by professionals when doing garden landscaping in Milton Keynes.

Sometimes though if detected early, a tree can be saved and doesn’t have to be removed from its roots. If you want to salvage your precious tree running around which you spent your childhood then look for the warning signs to save it before it’s too late.

Dead branches

An apparent sign of a dying tree is when its branches start looking discoloured and are unable to hold their original shape. You can do a simple test to find out if the tree is dying or simple shedding its skin for re-birth. Grab a twig and break into two and inspect the inside colour, if it takes extra effort to break and the inside is green then the tree is in good health. However, a dark colour may be an indication of its deteriorating health.

Excessive leaning

Even though most trees are not entirely upright, but if you notice the tree leaning to one side more than usual, then it may be a warning sign of root damage. A leaning tree can be a safety hazard as it can cause injury and damage in case it falls.

Scarcity of leaves

Fortunately, if this warning sign is caught early, it can be fixed and will not result in complete tree removal. Many factors are contributing to this loss, such as the weather, extreme wet or dry conditions and pests and diseases. Keep an eye on leaf growth during summer and spring on especially old trees. This can be easily assessed when you are starting your spring garden landscaping in Milton Keynes.

Overgrown branches

Regular maintenance takes care of the overgrown branches; however, it can cause decay if not pruned. It is a common practice on commercial premises to place trees close to each other to create an aesthetically pleasing visual, but with time the branches grow over each other clambering for space. This causes friction which can lead to rot that can affect the entire tree. Other problems that occur due to lack of space are:

  • Reduced sunlight
  • Malnutrition
  • Distorted shape
  • Inaccessibility of water
  • Festering of pests and diseases


Like all living things, trees are prone to diseases that could be fatal if left untreated. Some of the most common symptoms of disease are fluid leakage from the base, mildew on leaves, peeling bark and shoots formation.

Landscaping in Milton Keynes will be so much more rewarding if you keep an eye out for the warning signs and watch them flourish all year round.


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