Our trees and some of the most prized parts of our yards, but what happens when they aren’t doing very well? Whether a storm just passed through and uprooted your tree, or a major branch fell and is now blocking your driveway, it’s time to call in the professionals. Today, we are going to continue to tell you about common tree emergencies that can befall your yard. When this happens, reach out to the team at Whatcom Tree Service! We would be happy to help you keep your yard safe and healthy.

In our last blog post, we discussed some of the top tree emergencies and how to identify them: fallen trees, fallen branches, and diseased trees. Whether the blame falls on an insect infestation or a nasty storm, we can handle the damage. Here are some other situations that constitute as tree emergencies.

Insect Infestations

Many insects choose to make homes in our trees, and most of the time, this is perfectly alright. Most of them are harmless. However, some can wreak serious havoc on a tree and even kill it if no action is taken. Here are the main types of insects that can permanently damage your trees:

  • Chewing insects: These insects are the ones that eat the leaves on the trees or attack the fruit that a tree produces. Common examples of chewing insects include caterpillars or beetles. While trees can bounce back quickly from this type of infestation, repeated issues could seriously weaken a tree—even to the point of killing it from depleted energy.
  • Boring insects: These are the insects that are the most harmful to trees. Boring insects tunnel into the roots and twigs of a tree. Once they do this, some lay eggs that hatch, allowing the larvae to burrow into the wood and block the water-transporting tissues. Once this infestation grows, the upper foliage begins to die. Signs of boring insects include holes in the bark, sawdust scattered at the bottom of the tree, and parts of the crown wilting. Check your trees’ trunks for signs of boring. The quicker you find them, the quicker you can give them treatment and rescue them!
  • Sucking insects: These insects suck out the liquids trees need to survive through the leaves and the twigs. While they usually don’t move much, they can cause quite a bit of damage wherever they stay. Usually, they secrete a sticky “honeydew” that contains unprocessed plant materials. Look for scaly branches, dead leaves, or this sticky “honeydew.”

Trees with Damage

After a big storm, most property owners want to immediately start clearing away the damage, but some rush in a way that can be harmful to their trees. Making the wrong move could mean permanently damaging a tree that could have been saved. By handling the situation with care, you may be able to save your trees and help them stay strong and beautiful for years to come. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Make sure to hire professionals! Anything hanging or broken that demands a chainsaw is going to cause you some issues. There is no need for you to try to handle this on your own and risk your own life and limb. Reliable tree specialists will have all the equipment and experience necessary to handle the issue quickly and safely.
  • Stay safe! As soon as you notice that there is an issue, look up and look down to ensure that you are not at risk. Check for fallen power lines or broken tree limbs that are still hanging up ahead. Staying clear of that area will ensure that you stay safe until the emergency tree specialists can arrive!
  • Don’t prune too much! If you cut away too much, your tree may appear to be unbalanced. Your tree will heal faster than you think, so don’t worry about the damages right now.

Dead Trees

Dead trees can be quite a problem on your property, both because of safety concerns and liability issues. First, you may have an issue with property damage. Dead trees are weak, and they are much more likely to fall over and damage your home than you might believe. Second, you could get hurt. A branch or limb could fall at any moment, leading to either severe injury or even death. Third, if your dead tree is anywhere near a power line, there could be trouble. All it takes is one falling limb to knock out power in your neighborhood or down a line entirely. And finally, dead trees are an easy breeding ground for pests that could move to nearby trees and injure them. Don’t let your yard become a nuisance or safety hazard!

Contact Our Emergency Tree Service Team

Our professional tree specialists at Whatcom Tree Service are ready to help you handle your tree emergency! With a 24-hour response team, we can ensure that you and your home remain protected, especially after storm damage. Reach out today to get started and learn more!