Tree Planting and Care

3. Say Goodbye

Some trees simply can't be saved or are not worth saving. If the tree has already been weakened by disease, the trunk is split, or more than 50 percent of the crown is gone, the tree has lost its survival edge.

Some examples:

 

Tree Tragedy

This otherwise healthy young tree has lost too much of its crown ? the leafy head that is vital for survival. It will probably not be able to grow enough new branches and leaves to provide needed nourishment, and will never be able to regain its former beautiful shape.

graphic: tree with crown damage

Hopeless Case

About all that's left of this tree is its trunk. The few remaining branches can't provide enough foliage to enable the tree to make it through another growing season.

graphic: Showing tree with server damage

Farewell to a Friend

A rotten inner core in the trunk or structural weakness in branching patterns can cause a split trunk. The wounds are too large to ever mend, and the tree has lost its sap lifeline between roots and leaves. This tree is all but dead.

graphic: Showing a tree broken in half

What to do if your tree cannot be saved.

If a large tree (greater than 8" diameter) must be removed, ask a certified arborist if it can be used for lumber.

Restoring your home landscape after a storm


Don't Try to Do It All Alone

Some of your trees may have damage that's too close to call, or may have hidden damage. You may need a tree professional to help you decide what to do. Don't hire just anyone who shows up at your door following a storm. Look for qualified arborists external link or contact your city forester.