Just use the fingernail test to find out!
This is probably the question we get asked the most here at GTS and it’s a great question because it’s so important to know the difference between a dead tree and a declining tree. You never want to leave a dead or dying tree unattended as it could become very hazardous and may cause damage to a person or their property. We definitely don’t want that so we have put together some quick tips on how to identify a dead or dying tree.
Your tree is most likely dead if:
1. There are cracks in the trunk, or the bark is peeling
2. You can see mushrooms growing near the tree roots (just don’t eat them!)
3. There are multiple branches that have no living bud or leaves
Can’t figure out if your tree is on the decline? Do the fingernail test!
Take your fingernail or a pocketknife and scratch one of the trees twigs. If it’s moist and green underneath congratulations your tree is alive! If it is brown and brittle your tree is most likely dying or is already dead and you should probably give us a call so that our certified arborist can verify that.
Either way if your tree is experiencing any of the above symptoms it would be in your best interest to have a professional come and take a look. Of course we hope you will contact us but we want you to be safe so please reach out to any tree care company you feel comfortable using and have them provide you with a proper diagnosis.
We hope you found these quick tips helpful. Stay tuned for more next week!