The effects of cold, endless winters can wreak havoc on your yard. As the weather becomes nicer and you begin to venture outdoors, it’s a great idea to walk your property and survey the damage. Injured and dying trees are not only painful to look at, they can also be incredibly dangerous. One of the easiest ways to quickly evaluate the health of a tree is to examine these 3 areas:


The trunk and branches on your tree are a great indicator of the tree’s health. High winds, winter storms, and heavy snow are the most common causes for broken limbs. But a tree in ill health will lose a greater number of branches when under similar stresses. To tell if a branch was compromised before it snapped, first examine the bark.

*Scrape away the top layer of bark and examine the color. If the wood is any color OTHER than a vibrant green, you may be in trouble. (If a tree has multiple trunks, be sure to check EACH one)

*Examine the trunk for any loose, cracked, or missing bark. Bark should be pliable but sturdy. If bark is brittle, thin, rotting, or missing entirely its time to call us!

*Cavities: Even small cracks and cavities can compromise the integrity of your tree. Our experienced arborists will evaluate the severity of the cavity to determine the health and safety of your tree!


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The roots of your tree anchor it firmly to the ground. If these roots are compromised, even a seemingly healthy tree can topple over at any moment.

*Look for signs of uprooting: mounds of raised dirt, protruding roots, and soil erosion.

*Watch for FUNGUS growing around the base and trunk of the tree. Fungus feeds on decomposing wood and is an excellent indicator that a tree is rotting from the inside out.



Trees will naturally drop branches. They self-prune when branches are damaged, diseased, or malnourished. As new life begins this spring, uneven growth can be a red flag.

*Bare spots in foliage often mean the presence of dead wood. This will leave the tree with a lop-sided or uneven look. This is a dangerous situation which always requires a professional. Falling dead branches can be unsightly, expensive, and even fatal!

*Foliage inspection can help diagnose disease and pest infestation. Certain illnesses and insects can be fatal to trees and should be evaluated and routinely monitored by an experienced arborist!

So, this spring, call the pros. Fox Tree has over 40 years of experience, education, and excellence. When it comes to the health and safety of the things you value most, don’t guess!

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