How To Recognize Dead Branches Part 1

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If you are doing some yard work and notice that any one of your trees is full of life with the exception of a limb or two that don’t have any leaves, you may have issues.

Dead Leaves While Others Are Bare
During the winter months, your tree should have shed all it’s leaves. This is with the exception of oak trees, beech trees, or any type of saplings. If you see that your tree’s limbs have shed its leaves except for a branch or two, those branches are probably dead.

Missing Bark
Old bark will naturally fall off a branch over time, but on healthy wood this is replaced by new layers of bark. If on an old branch you see large areas of smooth wood, it’s a warning sign.

Large Fungus
If you have shelf fungus, wood conchs, or other kinds visibly infecting a section of wood, chances are that everything from that point and upwards along the branch is dead or at least weak and dying fast. Fungus in combination with other signs helps you be sure.

Look For The Green
Just beneath the outer layer of every branch and twig is the cambium. This is a thin green layer that is present during every season of growth. It is green in every season, even winter, but it turns brown when the plant dies.

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